Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also create a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all web hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be ready. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you could see all of the sites that are protected in the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function we offer you. While the conventional method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can perform this automatically and you'll simply have to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any problems even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.