I want a picture in a post - easy - use the built in media uploader. Now step #2 - if I do this, is there an easy way to pull the image out to make a post thumbnail?
I am looking for a more 'automatic' way to add a thumbnail of an image on the summary and archieve pages. Drop in a set of DIV tags to scale the image down to a set size, and the call to bring the image out of the post. Or if it has multiple images, just the first image.
I'll have to keep looking - I am sure someone has done this already and even added default images by tag or categories to make it even more dynamic.
I have seen this done in many themes by using custom fields. In fact, setting of different WordPress sites for friends, families and projects I see a mix of options for images. Custom fields for features, favorites, thumbnails. And even some theme authors change their approach from version to version. I don't see a consistent best practice or standard way to do this.