My Dreaming Spirals Button

Attention all button users!! If you use my button on your blog, please can you change the extension to .gif instead of .jpg (if you link directly to my image here with it)?

Following a discussion on the Quiltart list about webstats yesterday, I decided to see if anyone was hotlinking to my photos and I found some! Linking to my button is absolutely fine, but there are lots of people hotlinking to my photos too and using my bandwidth so I have set up a .htaccess file blocking jpgs from being used (hopefully!!) but the .gif files can still be hotlinked to.

If anyone does want to use any of these photos, I am quite happy for you to do it as long as you ask me first and upload it on to your own server… If you use any for inspiration, I would love to see pictures of the results!!

I’m sorry for the trouble caused to my button users …

If anyone has any trouble with legitimate viewing of photos, please let me know, because this blocking stuff is all a bit new to me and I might do something wrong… especially if you read my blog via an rss feed because I’m not sure if I need to add something to the code so they can get the photos. If you let me know which feed it is I can hopefully do it manually if there are any problems.

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2 Comments:

  1. Hi Liz, any chance of explaining in laymans terms what ‘hotlinking’ is and the effect it has on your ‘bandwidth’? Or maybe pointing me in the right direction as to where I can find out. Not that I’m bothered about any of my pictures at present but I like to find out about things in case I need to know in the future.

  2. ditto to Lynda’s previous comment Liz.
    I take alot off photos that I use in my work. I too would prefer that people ask first. I would like to find out more about .htaccess file blocking jpgs and how do see if people are hotlinking.

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