Hotlink 2 Link WordPress Plugin
Here’s a new plugin I’ve written for WordPress users who want to benefit from everybody who hotlinks to their images.
A little background on HotLinking
If you write an article and place an image in your post, that image most likely sits on your web server. Every time somebody views your post, that person’s browser will download the image.
If somebody else likes this image, they can put it in their own article in 2 ways:
1 – Download the image, and upload it to their web server the same way YOU did
2 – Just place a link to the image that is sitting on YOUR webserver
The problem with option 2 is that whenever somebody views the OTHER person’s website, they’re effectivley downloading the image from your web server, and using up your bandwidth.
This might not mean much unless you’re not fortunate enough to have unlimited bandwidth and your website ends up being disabled due to excessive bandwidth usage.
Prevent HotLinking in WordPress
There are a few tricks that you could do to prevent hotlinking, though some of them may be a little too technical and not that easy to get right. If you mess something up, you may end up blocking everybody from viewing your website 😛
As I’m sure you know, links are beneficial to your website, and the more the merrier (within reason). So, instead of preventing the hotlinking, why not promote it a little, with a little benefit to you and your blog?
This plugin adds a little code to your website so that when somebody right-clicks on an image, they see a popup asking them to use specific code when embedding images in their own articles.
You can see it in action in by right-clicking the images below.
Here’s an image in a WordPress post:
Here’s the image after somebody right-clicks on it:
Download Hotlink 2 Link WordPress Plugin
This plugin is now available from WordPress plugin directory.
Here’s a direct link to the file from the WordPress.org Extend Page for this plugin:
I do have a forum for discussing this plugin, if anybody would care to use it 😉
(It is kinda quiet on that side of my world)
Oh, and by the way, if you’re into that sort of thing, please consider linking, Stumbling, Del.icio.us.ing, or Digging this… You should be able to use the links on the top right of the page…
Examples of this plugin in use
And, if you want to see one of the first blogs to use it, go take a look at “Innovation Cars“. With all the great images they have on their site, the owner/admin has said this plugin was something they really needed…