Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't require any computer programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection eventually, you can see all the sites which are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you could easily enable the hotlink security function, which is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than generating an .htaccess file yourself within the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you will only have to select the site that needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can choose if the .htaccess file should be generated directly inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you would like to activate the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole website. Deactivating it is just as fast - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.