What is hotlink protection and exactly how does it work? When do you need it?
Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else can also create a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. That is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
As our web hosting plans come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall add the required code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a click.