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I am a graphic designer/photographer who creates designs for music artists, producers etc. on Myspace (I know, I know). This obviously involves lots of hotlinking, and that is why I am here.

I provide customers with hosting for their layouts so that they don't have to go out and search for one. I am currently hosting the images on a friends private server, but it's fairly slow and I want something more reliable. One layout usually has around 20 different images (background, headers, banners, etc) and I try to make sure it comes out to a little under 1MB, so I don't need to worry that much about disk space. I'd say bandwidth might be the only issue if anything.

I enjoy the work but it's mostly a side business and doesn't create much revenue, so I'm trying to go for around or under $10 a month. That said, I also want to make sure things are fast enough for the visitors and am willing to up the budget if required. I was going to go with 1and1 or Hostgator but heard alot about overselling.

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# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
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# END WordPress

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My questions...

I dont kmow too much what I am doing, following the tutorial here, http://altlab.com/htaccess_tutorial.html but the problem is that my .htacces already contains something created by wordpress that to me looks like garbage as I don't understand the meaning.

I dont know if I should add the lines inside the <IfModule mod_write.c> or outside them as I have done.

I dont know if it is ok to have two times Rewrite Engine On

PS: When I added the lines I describe above, my site also stopped displaying the images, I had stopped everyone including myself from hotlinking them. I only want to stop certain domain. or even better, my ideal solution is to WHITELIST my domain names (I have two using hotlinkg to those images), but I will settle for blacklist if it is easier.

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I tried mod_rewrite...

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I know mod_rewrite works on my server because I've been using it for some other things.

However, whenever I enable the above code (add it to the directives and restart apache - have also tried just putting it in a .htaccess file in the appropriate directory), I end up with images still being allowed on my domain and the other domain I'm trying to stop from using my images. Do you think it could have to do with an absent referrer? I read that the code doesn't work if the referrer is blank. What else would cause this not to work? Obviously the domain would have to be correct, but it doesn't block from my domain OR the offending domain.

I tried another method:

<FilesMatch ".(gif¦jpg¦png)$">
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer ^$ allow_image
SetEnvIfNoCase Referer ^[url] allow_image
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Deny from all
Allow from env=allow_image

This one blocked images to the offending domain, but it also blocked mine!

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I've just received my second suspension from them, for having 5 visitors on my website, which was abuse of their resources.

I had issues with them last month, they claimed I was using too much resources and had to upgrade to Business class. I've paid for two years there as it is.

Every time I would get these notices, I'd work with them and it was found that one comment bot was hitting my site repeatedly (one post several times in a row which really shouldn't cause any problems anyway) and would cause things to raise. In their email, their support said:


Your account is unsuspended now. Please check and prevent future overloads.
Also we can block ip addresses of your referrals, when all connections is from one ip instead of suspending your account. Should we block and similar?

When I said yes, I was sent this reply:



IP blocked in our firewall. We'll act similar way, when your account will be leeched from one IP. Now this ticket is being closed.

So tonight, I redo a post, since their hotlink protection isn't stopping hits on the photo being linked to, which involved uploading an image and deleting the old, and shortly thereafter I get this:


Dear Customer,

We have suspended your account due to resource abuse. Please find the related information below:

top - 20:21:33 up 30 days, 3:26, 5 users, load average: 5.07, 4.89, 5.22
Tasks: 187 total, 1 running, 186 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 0.5% us, 0.4% sy, 0.2% ni, 70.9% id, 27.9% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.1% si
Mem: 4148484k total, 3998792k used, 149692k free, 130440k buffers
Swap: 2096440k total, 7720k used, 2088720k free, 2881224k cached

13504 username 20 0 0 0:00.23 0.4 27668 16m 4864 S php
20277 username 20 0 0 0:00.23 0.4 27672 16m 4860 S php
2093 username 20 0 0 0:00.25 0.4 27628 16m 4848 S php
8232 username 20 0 0 0:00.23 0.4 27636 16m 4848 S php
9399 username 20 0 0 0:00.23 0.4 27624 16m 4848 S php
12099 username 20 0 0 0:00.24 0.4 27636 16m 4844 S php
8449 username 20 0 0 0:00.24 0.4 27628 16m 4840 S php
9530 username 20 0 0 0:00.23 0.4 27620 16m 4844 S php

mysqladmin proc stat
| Id | User | Host | db | Command | Time | State | Info |
| 50484 | username_wrdp2 | localhost | username_wrdp2 | Sleep | 344568 | | |
| 50537 | username_wrdp2 | localhost | username_wrdp2 | Sleep | 344525 | | |
| 50615 | username_wrdp2 | localhost | username_wrdp2 | Sleep | 344329 | | |
| 77636 | username_wrdp2 | localhost | username_wrdp2 | Sleep | 300652 | | |
| 121657 | username_wrdp2 | localhost | username_wrdp2 | Sleep | 240337 | | |
| 202546 | username_wrdp2 | localhost | username_wrdp2 | Sleep | 154415 | | |
| 306259 | username_wrdp2 | localhost | username_wrdp2 | Sleep | 50092 | | |

All of them supposedly me. But at any rate, only 5 users at namecheap can apparently bring about a suspension. I have never in my life had such treatment by a host. Most of the site is a static site, where most people land. And this is for less than 50 people on a daily basis.

They may have a good reputation as a domain reseller (yes, they're now ICANN registrars, but they haven't switched over yet, they're still reselling for Enom) but they had better rethink their webhosting.

People I know who have WordPress pages at places like Dreamhost, Lunarpages, all the rest have way more traffic than I do and yet they don't have these problems. I'm just sick at they way I've been treated there.

Whatever you do, don't host with namecheap. I'm truly sorry I did. And if anyone wants to verify that I host with them, it's hauntedlights.com, obviously a really exploitable site. It's about haunted lighthouses.

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