I have been thinking about this hotlinking problem and my question, as a newbie, is this:
Why do webmasters upload the images to their server instead of uploading it to a free image-host site (such as photobucket)?
If you upload it to your server and don't protect them, people can steal your bandwidth.
But if you have your images hosted in a site similar to photobucket, there is no problem with your bandwidth.
Am I wrong?
Does it give a better image of the site to have your pics uploaded in your own server?
What if photobucket go down? That means your site will look horrible because the images will be gone. If the images are hosted on your server, if your site goes down, no one will notice the images not being there because your whole site is down.