Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

As our Linux shared hosting packages come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the required code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with several clicks. The standard technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to select the website which you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You could also use this option for only 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 need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one click from the same section of your CP.