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How to 'hotlink' pictures for blogs and forum posts

I see this question come up a lot "How do I put a picture into a blog or a forum post without uploading it?"

Well it's quite simple really and it's called "Hot-linking"

As an example I am going to use a picture that has already been put into someone's gallery (no point in uploading the picture twice)

This is how I do it in FireFox, other browsers may differ

First go to the picture you want to post, right click on it and a context menu appears, select 'copy image location'

Next, when you are writing your blog or forum post at the point you want to put the picture in, look up the top of the edit box, there is an icon that looks like a tree, click that.

This will bring up the image/insert box, right click in the insert 'Image URL' field and from your context menu select 'paste' then select insert

And hey presto


This works for externally hosted pictures as well, all you need is the location of the image.

I can go to my photobucket account, select an image and paste it here, voila


I hope that helps some of you


Oh and a word of caution, if you are going to "hotlink" someone else's picture off of this site or a picture on a server/account you don't own, make sure you have the owners permission to do so, if you don't they could do what I do.

When I find someone hotlinking to my pictures hosted externally without permission I change the picture they are linking to, to something they didn't expect or want to see.

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Date Fri, 11/02/2011 - 15:40

Hi Steve,

this is a very common question/problem for newbies and your explanation is one of the most  comprehensive and best i've seen untill now.

Even if i don't need it let me say that your information is easy to read and follow. Wish Fred from MyFinePix would fix such basic explanations at the top of our 'Photo Features' list or link them together in some sort or database for this forum......

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Date Fri, 11/02/2011 - 16:44

nice and simple explanation and I like the idea for punishing the picture thieves

So long and thanks for all the fish

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Date Fri, 11/02/2011 - 22:19

Thank you from one of the people who asked this question.

Best wishes, Mike

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Date Mon, 14/02/2011 - 08:24

A clear explanation that should help people enjoy the site even more. Thanks for posting, Steve, excellent idea

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