Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone might be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Since our cloud website hosting packages feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will just need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and will add the required code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives inside it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the Internet site which you want to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content within it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to deactivate it with a single click via the same exact section of your CP.