Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else can also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to consider protecting 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 Cloud Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want others to use your images on their sites without your permission, you may easily enable the hotlink protection function, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file yourself inside the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll simply have to select the site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be set up straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you'd like to activate the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as easy - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox next to the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.