What's the aim of hotlink protection? How does it work and in which cases is it useful to enable it?
Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also create a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal website, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud web hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't need any coding skills or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection eventually, you can see all of the websites that are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.