Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

As our cloud web hosting plans provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall include the necessary code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the website which you need to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content in it. You can also use this function for only one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with a single mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.