Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also create a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Because our Linux shared hosting plans include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the necessary code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the very same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with a simple solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The standard way to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to select the site which you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content in it. You can also use this option for just one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you could deactivate it with one mouse click via the same exact section of your CP.