Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, another person can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It will not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature we offer even if this is the first website hosting account you use, because all our shared web hosting include a very simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the very same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this function only for a particular website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with just a few clicks. The usual way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the website which you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content in it. You can even use this function for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with a single click via the exact same section of your CP.