hotlinking pics 404 error
Hi, I run a tech information site for motorcycles. I rolled into WP many months ago to get away from a bare bones HTML site that I was still hand-coding from years ago. Here’s the site:
I recently started noticing something and I’m unsure if it’s a default feature of WP I overlooked, a result of a plug-in, something that was part of a new update, or something else altogether. I used to be able to hotlink images from my site into my forums (separate sub-domain) or other places online where I wanted to, now everything that exists on my WP page will no longer hotlink – everything causes access errors and 404 pages.
Does anyone know why this is happening or if there is a way to fix this? I actually run 3 sites on 3 sub-domains and I do a lot of posting on online forums where my pictures help others.
I also use the NextGen photo gallery plugin if that matters.
I appreciate any insight, I’ve tried searching for this without any real results. I’ve tried fooling with .htaccess files and even double checking file attributes/permissions – nothing had any affect on this.
I forgot to mention that I do have a .htaccess file for the entire site, but it is only supposed to block hot-linking to 2 URL’s – I had problems with 2 websites stealing my content and hot-linking my images on top of that. I believe the code in the .htaccess file is sound and I have had another programmer double check it.
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