Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another person can also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our Linux cloud hosting feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will include the necessary code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other people to use your images on their sites without your consent, you can easily activate the hotlink protection feature, that's supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file yourself within the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, which we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll only have to pick the Internet site that should be protected and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you would like to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Deactivating it is just as fast - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox next to the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.