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Add a feature to locally cache hotlinked images


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XenForo added this feature recently and it solves one of the biggest problems for forums owners considering moving from HTTP to HTTPS.

"This page has insecure content." - Chrome Help

I have tried searching for a plugin. I could not locate one. I feel this should be an internal feature especially considering the paranoia surrounding online privacy and snooping.

I really wish to migrate my own forum to HTTPS but without a feature like this, I am pretty much stuck on HTTP.

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Can you please clarify what "feature" exactly it is that you are referring to? IP.Board can run entirely under https, although naturally if a user embeds an insecure image in a post or something there's nothing the software can do about that.

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The software can tackle it by caching the remotely linked image locally. It is a community where owner does not have control over everyone's behavior. XenForo saw the need and they added a proxy feature for both images and links. And that is exactly what I am requesting here. Without such a feature, I personally cannot switch to HTTPS. This feature has been asked before. A >plugin existed a while ago but it was not updated for newer builds of IPB.

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Yes. But I have a 10 year old forum and I have never allowed file uploads on the forum because almost all of the shared files are casual uploads with no long term value.

It also saves me a lot of headache wrt server backup sizes (I live in a third world country so bandwidth is sort of a luxury here). So to change this policy today would require a major change in strategy and processing around 700,000 posts for past uploads :)

I do not want to sound rude but looks like I would have to take the drastic step of migrating my forum platform again (I switched to IPB after the vb5 fiasco). My only need is a forum app. IPB is more of a suite. There are just too many compromises when it comes to the forum component of the suite. Just waiting to get a look at IPB4 before making the final decision. Thanks!

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