Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
mpc

Display images from external site

Recommended Posts

is it possible to display product images from an external server instead of or aswell as my catalog/images dir?

 

iv have tried some code in product_php and get some results but i think there is more to do. anyone got any ideas or have done this??

would be greatfull, iv been at it for days now... :'(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
is it possible to display product images from an external server instead of or aswell as my catalog/images dir?

 

iv have tried some code in product_php and get some results but i think there is more to do. anyone got any ideas or have done this??

would be greatfull, iv been at it for days now... :'(

 

 

It's possible - I think what you are describing is called "Hotlinking" but I think it is a bad idea. You never know what the other site owner will do with the picture (if it changes or moves), plus unless you have permission from the external site, its frowned upon.

 

(Unless it is a link given to you for that purpose, like advertisement affiliate links, or special links made for this purpose i.e. adding a YouTube movie to your blog by using the link they give you.)

 

To help protect sites that don't want this to happen to them, many hosting providers give their customers the ability to block people from "hotlinking" to their sites -- a great feature -- especially if your hosting company charges based on bandwidth. Having someones site like your store link to your images/etc. this way can be very costly to the site hosting the content that is being linked to, because while you (as the site owner with the stuff people are trying to link to) is paying for bandwidth associated with serving their images to other websites, he will most likely not earn any revenue from it (unless you are paying per view or something ..)

 

Plus your site is at the mercy of the external site causing pictures sometimes changing or worse - slowing down the viewing of your catalog because the system serving the images is slow, or down, or whatever.

Especially since your catalog could overload the external site with queries slowing that machine down...

 

Sorry for the long winded answer. :)

 

Are you trying to do this so that you don't have to take the time to get your own pictures? Copyright issues? Etc?

-keith

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It's possible - I think what you are describing is called "Hotlinking" but I think it is a bad idea. You never know what the other site owner will do with the picture (if it changes or moves), plus unless you have permission from the external site, its frowned upon.

 

(Unless it is a link given to you for that purpose, like advertisement affiliate links, or special links made for this purpose i.e. adding a YouTube movie to your blog by using the link they give you.)

 

To help protect sites that don't want this to happen to them, many hosting providers give their customers the ability to block people from "hotlinking" to their sites -- a great feature -- especially if your hosting company charges based on bandwidth. Having someones site like your store link to your images/etc. this way can be very costly to the site hosting the content that is being linked to, because while you (as the site owner with the stuff people are trying to link to) is paying for bandwidth associated with serving their images to other websites, he will most likely not earn any revenue from it (unless you are paying per view or something ..)

 

Plus your site is at the mercy of the external site causing pictures sometimes changing or worse - slowing down the viewing of your catalog because the system serving the images is slow, or down, or whatever.

Especially since your catalog could overload the external site with queries slowing that machine down...

 

Sorry for the long winded answer. :)

 

Are you trying to do this so that you don't have to take the time to get your own pictures? Copyright issues? Etc?

-keith

 

thanks for that.

I have an xml of products and images etc from a supplier and use ez populate to upload.

 

The xml has image path like http:/10.100.100.12/images/image.jpg. i cant see how to config ez to handle this.

So was just considering changing the path in osc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks for that.

I have an xml of products and images etc from a supplier and use ez populate to upload.

 

The xml has image path like http:/10.100.100.12/images/image.jpg. i cant see how to config ez to handle this.

So was just considering changing the path in osc.

 

 

it would have been nice if the guy just answered the question instead of giving a lesson on why he thinks its a bad idea... lol.

 

please someone show how to so this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks for that.

I have an xml of products and images etc from a supplier and use ez populate to upload.

 

The xml has image path like http:/10.100.100.12/images/image.jpg. i cant see how to config ez to handle this.

So was just considering changing the path in osc.

 

I have just encountered a similar situation for a client of mine, and would also like to know if anybody has come up with a solution for this. Thanks in advance!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×