Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal site, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody could be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any coding expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the websites which are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the site that you want to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content within it. You can also use this function for only one folder rather than the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you may deactivate it with a single click via the same exact section of your CP.