Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Since our shared hosting services come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the required code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site instead of your actual images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain which your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to enable the function only for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is equally effortless - go back to the very same section, check the box alongside the specific website and then click on the Delete button.