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Postby Tap » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:58 pm

Hotlinking, inline linking, remote linking and many other terms are used to describe a way taking images, or other files and embedding it directly into a website. In other words, you are using their bandwidth illegally. Hotlinked files are files not stored on your own server.


There have been several reports across the English section of AAO of hotlinking, especially in trials. Hotlinking is generally forbidden and most sites will have a note saying not to hotlink.

"But what if I need Image X?"

The answer is simple.

Download it to your hard drive and upload it to a web/image server that allows hotlinking. Websites that allow you to do this without being banned include Imageshack, Photobucket, Fileden and more.

By doing this, you don't waste the bandwidth of another site. The servers you will use instead are specifically designed for these purposes so you don't need to worry about breaking any rules.

If you need any more information or are still confused, then either post in this thread or check out the links below!

http://sunnyneo.com/tutorial/uploadingimages.php
http://www.webweaver.nu/html-tips/hotlinking.shtml
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby energizerspark » Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:48 am

So basically, hotlinking is when instead of downloading the picture, you just click the "Copy Image Location" button, or something like that.
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Tap » Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:54 am

Energizerman wrote:So basically, hotlinking is when instead of downloading the picture, you just click the "Copy Image Location" button, or something like that.


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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Dypo deLina » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:48 pm

Damn it, I've been doing that the whole time O_O. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Mimi » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:20 pm

It's okay, I did that too and I didn't know. But now I understand it. :P
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Ami » Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:31 pm

Just as a note, fileden isn't a secure site. Just sayin'.
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Milkmanfire » Fri May 20, 2011 4:58 pm

I guess this explains why my other two avatars went missing. :eureka:

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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby DLA » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:54 pm

Sorry for necropost, but does anyone know some good free hotlinking sites?
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Broocevelt » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:59 pm

As far as I know, the best one is Photobucket.
It lets you upload images from your PC, re-upload images from the internet (which is good), organize your albums, make them private, public, etc... Here's the link: http://photobucket.com/
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Sligneris » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:01 pm

I also recommend Dropbox. It's easy to use and is good solution when we want to upload a lot of files.
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby DLA » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:11 pm

I've been using Dropbox for music, but I didn't know it was also good for sprites. Thanks for the help. Also, do I just copy public link like with music?
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Mono » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:20 pm

Detective Luke Atmey wrote:I've been using Dropbox for music, but I didn't know it was also good for sprites. Thanks for the help. Also, do I just copy public link like with music?


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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby DLA » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:00 pm

And one more question. Public folder or photo folder?
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Sligneris » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:11 pm

I tried put sprites into photo folder and then post sprites, but it didn't work. It must be placed on Public folder.
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Re: Hotlinking 

Postby Dypo deLina » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:42 pm

For future reference, it's also possible to make different folders inside your public folder in order to separate music and sprites; that way it'll be a lot more organized.
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