Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be ready. You do not need any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you could see all the websites which are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with just a few mouse clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to pick the website that you intend to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content inside it. You can even use this option for only one folder instead of the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you can deactivate it with a single mouse click through the exact same section of your CP.