Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone could be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
As our shared hosting service include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Furthermore, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall include the needed code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want others to use your images on their sites without your approval, you could easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that's offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file by hand within the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you could use an incredibly simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll simply have to pick the website which needs to be protected and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file should be set up straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you'd like to activate the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the whole website. Disabling it is just as simple - you will simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.