Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone may be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all web hosting package deals we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with this type of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected within the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with a simple solution to protect your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The usual technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to select the site which you want to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You may also use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one mouse click via the exact same section of your CP.