Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting real website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all the websites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with several clicks. The usual technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to select the site that you would like to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content within it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can disable it with just one click from the exact same section of your CP.