Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting legitimate visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

Since our website hosting services come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall include the required code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function we offer. While the standard technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will only have to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.