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To avoid hot-linking an image, prepend http://imgred.com/ before the URL. To show a thumbnail of the image, prepend http://imgred.com/tn/ before the URL.

Details: When posting on message boards or blogs, often you want to show or link to an image on another website. Directly showing or linking to that image is called hot-linking. It's generally bad because it leeches bandwidth from the host site, and as a result many webmasters have their servers set up to prohibit hot-linking.

The typical work-around is to do the following: That's rather tedious. Well ImgRed.com lets you simply enter the original URL in your post as you normally would, but with http://imgred.com/ written before the URL. When this is viewed, the image will be copied once* to imgred.com, and from then on the image will always be served from imgred.com instead of the host site. Additionally, a thumbnail is automatically generated, which can be accessed by adding http://imgred.com/tn/ before the original URL.

Example

This is an example of hot-linking to an image from mozilla.com:

    <img src="http://www.mozilla.com/img/firefox/main-feature2.jpg" /> (HTML)
    [img]http://www.mozilla.com/img/firefox/main-feature2.jpg[/img] (VBcode)


That's bad, and some websites will even prevent the image from being displayed. So instead, do this:

    <img src="http://imgred.com/http://www.mozilla.com/img/firefox/main-feature2.jpg" /> (HTML)
    [img]http://imgred.com/http://www.mozilla.com/img/firefox/main-feature2.jpg[/img] (VBcode)


To show thumbnails, you can do this:

    <img src="http://imgred.com/tn/http://www.mozilla.com/img/firefox/main-feature2.jpg" /> (HTML)
    [img]http://imgred.com/tn/http://www.mozilla.com/img/firefox/main-feature2.jpg[/img] (VBcode)


View imgred.com's cache of the image, or imgred.com's thumbnail of the image.

*ImgRed is not an archive service, and occasionally its cache is cleared out (once a month or so), so images are not literally cached forever.

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