Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone can be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

As our Linux cloud web hosting feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only 2 clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall add the necessary code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool that we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site rather than your real images. You'll only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is just as easy - go back to the very same section, check the box alongside the particular Internet site and then click on the Delete button.