Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal website, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone can be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
You can easily secure 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 comes with all hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some point, you can see all of the Internet sites which are protected in the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your actual images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is equally effortless - get back to the same section, check the box next to the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.