Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person may also create a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone might be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting real site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our cloud website hosting and the only 2 things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you will simply have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.