Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else may also build a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be attempting to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily shield 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 can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you can see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the very same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function that we provide. While the common technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you will only have to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the necessary file inside the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any problems even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.