Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also build a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud web hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some time, you can see all the websites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide a simple solution to shield your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the site that you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content inside it. You can even use this option for just one folder instead of the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could deactivate it with one click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.