Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person can also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone might be trying to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting real visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Since our shared website hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and will include the required code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a click.