Hotlinking, which is often labeled 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, another person may also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our cloud website hosting and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you activate this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to switch on the function only for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is as effortless - go back to the same section, check the box alongside the specific Internet site and then click on the Delete button.