Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody might be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our cloud website hosting plans and the only 2 things that you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function which we provide. While the standard way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will only have to choose the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the needed file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no difficulties even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.