Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal website, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody could be trying to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud website hosting packages we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any coding capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all of the sites which are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.