Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual could also build a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have one small personal website, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection at some time, you could see all of the websites that are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We offer an uncomplicated solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a few clicks. The common way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the Internet site which you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content in it. You could also use this feature for just one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you may disable it with one mouse click via the same section of your Control Panel.