Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else could also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be attempting to copy your site and trick people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all website hosting plans we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The common way to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the website that you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content inside it. You can even use this function for just one folder rather than the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you can disable it with a single mouse click through the exact same section of your CP.