Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody could be aiming to copy your site and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
It won't require more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature that we offer even if this is the first web hosting account which you use, since all of our shared web hosting include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this feature only for a particular website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer a simple solution to protect your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with just a few clicks. The usual way to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the Internet site that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You may also use this feature for only one folder rather than the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you can deactivate it with just one mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.