Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

As our Linux cloud web hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall include the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer a simple solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the site which you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content inside it. You could also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can disable it with one click via the exact same section of your Control Panel.