Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal website, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you should 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 Cloud Web Hosting

Since our cloud web hosting provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will include the necessary code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the very same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website in place of your actual images. You will only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is as effortless - get back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.