Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal site, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

Due to the fact that our hosting service provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the necessary code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide a simple solution to protect your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The common way to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the site which you need to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content inside it. You can even use this function for only one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with one click through the very same section of your CP.