Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else could also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall 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 kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared website hosting packages we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection at some time, you could see all of the websites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to generating an .htaccess file by hand in the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, that we have included in the Hepsia CP. From it, you'll simply have to pick the Internet site that has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can decide if the .htaccess file should be created directly in the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink protection feature just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as easy - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox beside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.