Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else may also create a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared web hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.