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[resolved] How to set an image as thumbnail (23 posts)

  1. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,

    From my observation, the WordPress Related Post plugin selects the first image in the post to generate the thumbnail image. However, in a particular post, I would like to use the second image for the thumbnail. Is there any way of doing that?

    BTW, the plugin works great and I love how it helps increase engagement on my site.

    Thanks!

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-23-related-posts-plugin/

  2. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey, thanks for reaching out & please accept my sincerest apologies for not responding anytime sooner (these summer holidays took its toll — sorry)!

    As for your inquiry — simple, just set that image (that you would like to use as thumbnail) as featured. This way our plugin will use that image instead.

    Let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions what-so-ever — I'll gladly help!

    Take care & have a nice day!

    Best,
    Silvo

  3. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Silvo,

    thanks for your reply. I use the woothemes metamorphosis theme and it allows me to set the desired image as featured image. Although the image that I want is set as featured image, the image used by the plugin is the first image in the post.

    Thanks~

  4. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey!

    How do you set your image as featured? Is your theme already using some other images as featured (such as the header or the footer)?

    Let me know, we'll find a way! Take care!

    Best,
    Silvo

  5. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    In my theme, I can set a featured image for every post... On the page to add a new post, there is a field below for me to upload the feature image. If no feature image is uploaded, the first image will be used.

    You can check out my site. http://www.revivalmindset.com/

    On the home page, the featured image for the post, 5 Things Twenty-Somethings can Learn from Evan Roberts is an image of a guy in his twenties. However, the related post thumbnail for the post, is the first image in the post, which is the Welsh flag.

    You can see the related post thumbnail for that article in the post, How to Pray

    Thanks for your efforts! I really appreciate it

  6. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The theme doesn't use the website logo in the header or the footer for the featured image. It only uses either the one uploaded in the field or the first image in the post.

    I hope I'm painting a clear picture! :D

  7. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey, thanks for your detailed feedback, much appreciated!

    I have another question for you — what if you create a whole new post with several images, but if you set one as featured (not the first one) before the first publishing? Does the problem persist?

    There's one another solution for your problem, but you'll have to install another related posts plugin instead of this one you are currently using. Don't worry, it's ours and it's basically identical to the one you are already using, except that it has a 'Custom field' option for your thumbnails.

    First, go to your create-new-post page or — even better — in one of your previous already-published-posts. On the right top corner you should see the 'Screen Options' button; click on it for the drop-down menu to open. After that, tick the box next to 'Custom Fields'.

    Now you should be able to see a new box below the editor called 'Custom Fields'. Create new custom field, name your image that you would later like to use it as a thumbnail for this specific post (something like "Featured thumbnail"), enter the URL of the image you would like to use as a thumbnails and finish with the click on the button "Add Custom Field". Of course, don't forget to save this draft, or publish the post when you're ready.

    After that, visit the settings of (y)our plugin and scroll down to the bottom. The option called "Use custom field for thumbnails" should now be available, tick the box next to it, and select the value you've set up before. Here's a screenshot for easier navigation: http://cl.ly/image/2K3t0L1L2Q1E

    Now, the important thing is this: the value of the Custom Field stays the same for every new post, while the URL of the image (obviously) changes. In other words: the name of the Custom Field stays the same, images change. That's because once you set up your settings in the plugin settings (when you choose which value our the Custom Field our plugin should use for the thumbnails), you won't have to change it again in the future.

    Once you have set this up, you just add a Custom Field with every new post, set the image you want to use for the thumbnail, while the name stays the same. Also worth noting is that you should keep the images you want to use for thumbnails as square as possible and that they're not too big. The perfect size would be anything bigger than 150x150 pixels, but that is not that crucial. Just don't use the biggest images you can find, because this can return you some problems.

    Sorry for this long, too-long reply and please — do not hesitate to get back to me if anything was unclear or if you have any kind of additional questions. I'm also available for a video-call anytime you want, if you think you need my assistance! I'll be more than glad!

    Looking forward to your reply! Take care!

    Best,
    Silvo

  8. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Silvo,

    I'm really impressed by your reply and your effort. I have 1 quick question about the Related Posts by Zemanta plugin... Does it automatically recommend related posts from other sites or am I able to hand pick the posts or sites that I want to recommend?

    Thanks

    Cheers~

  9. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey!

    Well, no, the 'Related Posts by Zemanta' plugin does not automatically insert related posts from around the web, since we really would not want to take such a big responsibility of recommending stuff without your editorial approval.

    But our other plugin called 'Editorial Assistant by Zemanta' does just that — it recommends you relevant, quality content from around the web, while you are writing your new posts (in other words: as you go). It's best you try it out on our demo page, to see it action: http://www.zemanta.com/demo/

    And here's the link to the plugin, if you wish to install it on your WP Dashboard:

    Either way — let me know how it goes or if you have any additional questions. I'm here to help! :)

    Take care & have a nice week ahead!

    Best,
    Silvo

  10. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 12 months ago #

    Hi Silvo,

    Thanks for your solutions.. I'll reply you on each of them..

    1. Set featured image before publishing
    Nope, it doesn't work. When I set a featured image that is not the first image in the post before publishing, the featured image is still the first image in the post.

    2. WordPress Related Posts
    That's the plugin that I've been using. And I do believe that Related Posts by Zemanta has the same function that enables users to "Use custom field for thumbnails". In any case, I tried it and it works! All the images that I used as featured image are used as the thumbnail now. And you're right, the images need to be square. The strange thing is that, the plugin will generate nice square thumbnails from the 1st image in the post although they are the typical 4 x 6 ratio for photos.. So I'm wondering why the plugin doesn't do the same when with the thumbnails from custom fields?

    3. Editorial Assistant by Zemanta
    I've also tried this plugin.. However, it does not have the same theme options for the thumbnails as the WordPress Related Posts plugin. I really like the bigger thumbnails but this plugin doesn't seem to allow me to choose a theme which has bigger thumbnails.

    Thanks for all your suggestions! I really appreciate it! =)

  11. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 12 months ago #

    Regarding solution 2, I just think that the plugin will be better if it can generate thumbnails using the custom filed the same way that it does using the first image from the post. This way, when square images are used, the thumbnail should appear exactly the same, and if photo sized images are used, the plugin will generate nice thumbnails without distorting the image.

    On my end, I can work around this for now.. I only have a couple of posts that are using featured images that are not the first image.. So I only need to make these images square before uploading them. As for the rest of the posts that are using the first image as the feature image, I just need to manually remove the URL in the featured image field so that the thumbnail will not be distorted.

    Thanks once again, Silvo~

  12. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hey, glad you got back to me with such a detailed response — much appreciated!

    Well, this plugin (WordPress Related Posts) and the 'Related Posts by Zemanta' plugin have to different thumbnailers, which extract images to thumbnails in two different ways, which is why I suggested you to try the other one, if the first one was causing you problems.

    The 'Editorial Assistant by Zemanta' has only one default theme, yes, but I'm afraid we cannot change this in a reasonable time scale. We are working on some other cool features though. Bear with us. :)

    And I am really glad you got your hand around these problems you were experiencing — I certainly wish these would have not appeared in the first place, but then again, we cannot scale that much (although we would wish so). But I'm glad I could be of any help.

    As I am in the future, if you would have any kind of questions or problems (well, let's hope not, though!) — I'll do my best!

    Take care & have a nice weekend ahead!

    Best,
    Silvo

  13. fudgeyeh
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi Silvo,

    Thanks for your help. The information has been very useful in finding a scale-able solution. =)

    Cheers~

  14. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hey, I'm very glad that I could be of any help and — most importantly — that we have found a viable solution! :)

    As always — if you have any questions or if you stumble upon any problems (let's hope not though!), do not hesitate to let me know! I'll gladly help!

    Take care & have a nice day!

    Best,
    Silvo

  15. TarockMusic
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    I read the replys/solutions regarding setting a specific thumbnail in a post.

    I'm using Plano Black and I cannot find any of the solutions. I do not see anything, or anywhere, to lock the photo of my choice as the thumbnail in a post.

    Almost all my posts have just one photograph, but it seems to be grabbing a piece of the banner as a thumbnail option, and using it as the first choice.

    Our last post has one photo but shows the unwanted thumbnail first when posted on websites, like Facebook. Link to post - http://theredsmusic.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/rick-shaffers-new-video-%E2%88%8E-some-say/

    Is there a solution for the Plano Black theme?

    Thanks.

    Theresa Marchione
    Tarock Music

  16. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hey Theresa, thanks for reaching out, I'd love to help!

    Some themes can have their banners set as the featured image, which is probably (hopefully) the reason why that one is picked up as a thumbnail for most of your related posts (if not all).

    But our thumbnailer works more or less in the following order:

    Custom field value > Featured image > First image in blog post > Default image for blog posts without images

    But I'm not sure to what exactly are you referring to right now, since I don't see any of your related posts in your blog posts — do you wish to have some other thumbnail set when you are sharing your blog posts on Facebook or are there any related posts on your blog with incorrect thumbnails? If so, can you send us an example link?

    Let me know, I'd love to help you out! Take care & have a nice day!

    Best,
    Silvo

  17. TarockMusic
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi Silvo:

    Thanks so much for your quick response.

    Ninety-nine percent of the time my posts have one photograph, and in the past the thumbnail is always the photograph inserted with the text.

    However, on my last post, Rick Shaffer New Video ∎ "Some Say" - http://theredsmusic.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/rick-shaffers-new-video-%E2%88%8E-some-say/ - when the link is posted on other websites, it has three thumbnail choices. The first is a piece of the banner at the top of the page, and the second and third option is the photo inserted in the post.

    I always want to use the photo inserted in the post because it's very relevant to the post content. But I've looked everywhere and cannot find an option to make the inserted photo the only thumbnail.

    Is there a way?

    Theresa

  18. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hey Theresa, thanks for the extra explanation, appreciate it!

    To which sites are you trying to share your blog posts to?

    Because I tried to share your last four blog posts via Facebook and all the correct images were suggested as a thumbnail for those posts.

    Here are a couple of screenshots with a couple of your posts that I tried to share via FB and all of them displayed the correct thumbnail:

    1.) http://cl.ly/image/0x0P3r0t2w2b
    2.) http://cl.ly/image/06232C0M3E43
    3.) http://cl.ly/image/0Z3o0e2k1B3a
    4.) http://cl.ly/image/1C372010180I

    Also — I haven't been able to notice that you have our plugin installed on that blog, so I'm not exactly sure what has our service to do with the problem in question.

    Or am I missing something out? Let me know, I'm eager to hear more about this issue! Take care & I'm looking forward to your reply!

    Best,
    Silvo

  19. TarockMusic
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi Silvo:

    It's only happening to me on your #1 example, the others were fine when I posted them. That's why I'm so boggled about this last post.

    I just posted it again on Facebook, and following is the screenshot I just took - file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Word%20Press%20-%20Some%20Say%20Screenshot.jpg

    As you can see, it's grabbing a piece of the banner as the thumbnail.

    And, you're right I have no plug-ins on my blog.

    Your help is appreciated.

    Theresa

  20. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hey Theresa, thanks for getting back to me, appreciate it, although I'm not able to see that screenshot, since it's not published nowhere online, but rather locally, on your hard drive. Any chance you would send it to me via email?

    Here's my email address: support[at]zemanta[dot]com

    Have you also tried to ask for some support from the WordPress.com team (since this is a WP.org plugin directory page — another blogging platform that you are using)?

    Or maybe the Facebook support team could know more, since this hasn't got much to do with our service? Here are some useful links where you could get more technical help about the issue you're experiencing:

    1.) http://www.facebook.com/help/
    2.) http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-di-i-change-the-picture-wordpress-chooses-when-it-auto-posts-on-facebook?replies=2#post-1904419

    Let me know if you have any more questions regarding our service or if there's anything else that's not completely clear, since I'll gladly help! Take care & have a nice day!

    Best,
    Silvo

  21. TarockMusic
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi:

    I'll send the screenshot via e-mail right after I send this reply.

    I looked all over all the Word Press Help options, and throughout my posting settings, and finally asked my questions here. I don't think it's coming from Facebook, but from my actual post.

    I went to the links you provided, and the specific instructions to set a featured image in a post says, I should select Screen Options, then in the drop-down module select, Featured Image, but it's not in the screen option module. Featured Image is nowhere to be found in any area of creating a post, or in any other sections in the left sidebar.

    Is there a way to add options in the Screen Options module?

    Theresa

  22. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 months ago #

    Got it Theresa, and already replied! Seems as Facebook is pulling all the thumbnails from that blog post, you just have to select the right one.

    Here's the same screenshot I've attached in our email: http://cl.ly/image/0e1d0S072Q21

    Let me know if this is the case or if the problem persist. Take care & have a nice weekend!

    Best,
    Silvo

  23. TarockMusic
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Yes, of course I know how to do that, and I do it when I'm the person posting.

    However, the problem is that when others post it they don't bother to change the thumbnail, and it gets re-posted with the thumbnail that highlights another artist, instead of the artist we're promoting.

    As you can see in the screen shot I sent it's grabing a piece of the banner as the thumbnail, instead of the photograph in the post.

    I need a way to make a photograph featured when I create the post in Word Press, but that option is nowhere to be found in my Word Press settings, even though it's supposed to be one of the options in the module.

    If you figure something else out, let me know, and thanks for your time.

    Theresa

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