Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also build a website and instead of 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 a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody could be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Since our cloud hosting service include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will add the required code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to secure your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a few clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to pick the site which you need to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content inside it. You can also use this function for only one folder instead of the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you could deactivate it with just one mouse click via the same section of your CP.