Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another person can also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting 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 Cloud Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting plans we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any computer programming skills or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all the sites that are protected inside the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with several clicks. The common approach to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the Internet site that you intend to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content inside it. You could also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you could disable it with one mouse click via the very same section of your CP.