Hotlinking is (definition found here ) "is direct linking to a website's files (images, video, etc.). An example would be using an tag to display a JPEG image you found on someone else's web page so it will appear on your own site, journal, weblog, forum posting, etc.
Bandwidth refers to the amount of data transferred from a website to a user's computer. When you view a webpage, you are using that site's data transfer to display the files. Since web hosts charge based on the amount of data transferred, bandwidth is an issue. If a site is over it's monthly bandwidth, it's billed for the extra data or taken offline.
A simple analogy for bandwidth theft: Imagine a random stranger plugging into your electrical outlets, using your electricity without your consent, and you paying for it."
How to know if you're hotlinking Think about how you display an image graphic in HTML on your web page:
<*IMG src="image.jpg" height="350" width="200"*> (minus the *'s)
This tag tells the site to request the image.jpg file from the same server as the rest of the site. But if you were to hotlink an image from an outside server it might look like this:
Every time the page is loaded, the outside server has to use it's bandwidth to display the image. To avoid this problem, don't link to files on servers that don't belong to you. To share images and files on your own web page, upload them to your own server or to one of the many free website providers.
How to know if something is being hotlinked: if you right click on the icon and click properties it'll say the url the icon is coming from...and a lot of times you can tell that it's the icon makers site or photobucket account
Purpose of this community: It's easy for someone to find a site that is hotlinking...but to try to figure out just who is being hotlinked and to tell them, on your own? Well that's a little harder. So this is a place to let everyone know about who is hotlinking and to make it easier for you to find out if anything of yours is being hotlinked.
To Post: please include the following Url of site doing the hotlinking What is being hotlinked (ex: Buffy icons, HP wallpapers) Who (if anyone) you know is being hotlinked there Anything else you feel is important And if you figure out who else is being hotlinked on that site, please leave their name in a comment. Thanks. All posts will have to be approved by a moderator just to make sure it's legitimate.
Now, let's stop those hotlinking, bandwith-stealers.....Pimp this community, please.
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