Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else may also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody may be aiming to copy your site and cheat people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud web hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be ready. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some time, you could see all the Internet sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The common way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the Internet site that you intend to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content within it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you may deactivate it with one mouse click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.