Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else could also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody might be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Due to the fact that our cloud hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will add the required code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse 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 consent, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature we provide. While the typical way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you shall only have to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.