Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting real website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud web hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you can see all the websites which are protected within the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool we've created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site rather than your actual images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. When necessary, you shall also have the option to activate the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is just as simple - get back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the particular website and then click on the Delete button.