Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images that are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all web hosting packages we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you could see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool that we have designed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you enable this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and select the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If required, you will also have the option to switch on the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the protection is as easy - get back to the same section, check the box beside the particular site and then click on the Delete button.