Support » Plugin: Jetpack by » Hotlink protection breaks Related Posts thumbnails

  • Hello,

    due to the amount of abuse my photography-heavy site gets from hotlinkers I’m experimenting with hotlink protection at the moment. I know that this “breaks” Photon and the Tiled Galleries, and I’m okay with that (I can do without both).

    However, it also breaks the thumbnails in the Related Posts feature. Is there a way to switch the Related Posts to use local images instead, and avoid Photon for them?


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  • Plugin Support Fotis


    Hi Alexander,

    I’m afraid, but this is not possible. The Related Posts feature relies on the Jetpack CDN (Photon) to work. It’s how it is designed.

    I almost thought so. Thanks anyway.

    PS: blocking empty referrers as a means of hotlink protection breaks the entire Customizer as well. It would sure be nice if WordPress did something more to help creators protect their content.

    Plugin Support Fotis


    How does that affect the Customizer? Can you please elaborate?


    Hello Fotis – it’s weird.

    I just put the rule to block empty referrers for image files back in, and the Customizer works. It was all messed up when I wrote this. Maybe something else had a glitch at the same time (or you guys sneakily fixed it in the meantime, ha!;-)


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