Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared web hosting package deals that we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all the Internet sites that are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide a simple solution to protect your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The standard way for you to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to select the site that you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content in it. You can even use this option for just one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you may deactivate it with a single click from the same exact section of your CP.