Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else can also create a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody could be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux cloud website hosting packages come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the needed code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily activate the hotlink security feature, that is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Instead of generating an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceptionally simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll simply have to select the Internet site that should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file should be created directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire website. Deactivating it is just as fast - you will only need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.