Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual could also create a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal website, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone might be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
Because our web hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a click.