Hotlinking, what is it?

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Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Dark Moon » Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:58 pm

So, I've seen a lot of art that is hotlinked and I bet some people don't know what is it, therefore here you have an explanation:

Hotlinking is direct linking to a web site's files (images, video, etc.).
This uses that page bandwith. Bandwidth refers to the amount of data transferred from a web site to a user's computer. When you view a web page, you are using that site's bandwidth to display the files. Since web hosts charge based on the amount of data transferred, bandwidth is an issue. If a site is over its monthly bandwidth, it's billed for the extra data or taken offline.
In lots of sites it is considered theft.

With this explained, I would like to remind you that to avoid this simply upload your picture in image host sites such as tinypic, imageshack...
It will save up lots of trouble to you guys, as some sites that know their images are being hotlinked, ban people for this.


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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby eve » Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:37 pm

Thank you ma'am! Great explanation. :-)
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Shâh » Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:00 am

Is Imgur an acceptable site to post from?
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Selvester » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:54 pm

Yes, imgur is considered an acceptable site to link from.
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby whisket » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:46 am

Is DeviantArt an acceptable site for my avatar?
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Selvester » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:49 am

Insanity wrote:Is DeviantArt an acceptable site for my avatar?


No. DA is NOT an acceptable location to be linking from. Check out the first post of this topic for a list of good hosts.
Good question though. This is a common mistake among many. (:
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Spit-Fire » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:37 pm

For stock images, would websites like www.stockfreeimages.com work? I don't want to break no rules on here. =3
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Vennenum » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:00 pm

Spit-Fire wrote:For stock images, would websites like http://www.stockfreeimages.com work? I don't want to break no rules on here. =3


Most likely not. We can't really tell if the uploader is even the true owner of that image.
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Jeff the Killer » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:54 pm

Thanks for explaining :D
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Re: Hotlinking, what is it?

Postby Moonlight » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:40 pm

Selvester wrote:
Insanity wrote:Is DeviantArt an acceptable site for my avatar?


No. DA is NOT an acceptable location to be linking from. Check out the first post of this topic for a list of good hosts.
Good question though. This is a common mistake among many. (:


What? People use DA all the time through WP for their avatars and they get approved.
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