Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else may also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be trying to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting real site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be activated in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't need any programming capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection eventually, you can see all of the sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers a simple solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The common technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the website that you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content inside it. You can even use this function for only one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be switched on, you'll be able to deactivate it with one click from the very same section of your Control Panel.