Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all website hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected inside the very same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection function which we provide. While the regular way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you will only have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You may turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.