Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also create a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody might be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our cloud packages provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll just need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, 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, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and shall add the needed code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function that we offer. While the common way to do that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can execute this automatically and you will only need to select the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.