Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Since our cloud hosting service include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will include the necessary code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function that we offer. While the regular technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you will only need to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the required file inside the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and features the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any issues even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.