Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be trying to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our cloud website hosting plans and the only 2 things that you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll only have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature that we provide. While the conventional way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you shall only have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even when you have never used any hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.