Don't know what hotlinking is? Here is an explanation:
Hotlinking takes place when you direct link to a website's files (images, videos, etc). In result, this uses up the pages 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 as theft.
Avoiding hotlinking will save up a lot of trouble to you guys, as some sites that know their images are being hotlinked, ban people for this.
With this explained, I would like to remind you that to avoid this, simply upload your picture to image-hosting sites, such as the ones listed below:
Please note that Imgur, Photobucket, ImgBB (ibb), Toyhou.se and Deviantart are NOT acceptable sites to upload images from.
The above list will change if these sites have their Terms of Service changed.
To post an image to the forums, take the direct link of the image. Go to Insert > Image and paste your direct link into the Source section. To prevent your image from being cut off, set your width to a value less than 600px and the height will automatically sort itself out.
(Original thread created by Dark Moon)
Edited at August 10, 2020 09:43 PM by Mistress Nyx
Question: Why was imgur removed as a hosting site? It is very user friendly and easy to use in my opinion and I don't see it as any different then tinypic or say photobucket. I used to use it on here ages ago and it was fine. So just curious why it was taken off.
Aeternum said: Question: Why was imgur removed as a hosting site? It is very user friendly and easy to use in my opinion and I don't see it as any different then tinypic or say photobucket. I used to use it on here ages ago and it was fine. So just curious why it was taken off.
Postimg is just as easy to use, compared to Tinypic and Photobucket's tendency to lag.