Instagram could not post my image, because my image is not available

Blog2Social
2017-04-24 17:37

An activated Hotlink-Protection might cause the following error message: Your post could not be posted, because your image is not available

Hotlinking describes the embedding of external images or videos on your own website. A Hotlink is generated, for instance, if somebody visits your website and would like to share one of your videos on his own website or on social media. Social media and online plugins like Blog2Social use Hotlinks to display your images in the article preview correctly. So-called Hotlink-Protection plugins deprive you and your community of this possibility and the option to share your images, info graphics and videos across the internet. 

Solution 1: Uninstall all activated Hotlink-Protection Plugins. You can find eligible plugins on WordPress.

Solution 2: Please, select your htaccess-directory, check on the following entries and delete them if necessary:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?yourdomain.com [NC]
RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ - [NC,F,L]
RewriteRule .*\.(jpe?g|gif|bmp|png)$ - [F]

These entries might prevent external services like social media and Blog2Social from resorting on your images and videos.  

You can check your website for an activated Hotlink-Protection with the help of so called Hotlinking-Checkers. Free-Webhosting offers such a service for free. Just make sure to clear the cache of your browser (press ctrl + F5 in your open browser window) before you do the check!  

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