Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also create a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone might be attempting to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

As our Linux shared website hosting packages provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally just two clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will add the needed code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the very same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to shield your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional way to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the Internet site which you need to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content within it. You can also use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may disable it with just one mouse click from the exact same section of your CP.