Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else may also create a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal website, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody may be aiming to copy your site and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux website hosting services
feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will include the required code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server
account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function that we offer. While the typical way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily do this automatically and you shall only need to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the required file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any complications even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.