Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux cloud hosting packages and the only 2 things that you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will simply have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool that we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to activate the feature just for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is equally simple - return to the exact same section, check the box next to the particular site and then press the Delete button.