Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared website hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the websites that are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.