Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also create a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone may be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux cloud website hosting services and the only 2 things which you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll only have to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we've designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your actual images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and select the domain or subdomain your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. When necessary, you shall also have the option to enable the feature only for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the function is as effortless - go back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.