Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone can be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very helpful tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our Linux shared plans and the only 2 things which you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an effective solution to protect your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The common approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the website that you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content inside it. You could also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you can disable it with just one click through the same section of your CP.