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[resolved] Request for FPW Category Thumbnails (6 posts)

  1. MTPrower
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    First, I want to thank you so much for this plugin. This is one of the plugins that I install first on any WordPress installation, and one of the few that I am guaranteed to have on every installation. This plugin is fantastic.

    However, I now ask for a rather sizable feature addition.

    Plugins that pull the first image attached to a post to use as the post thumbnail usually fail when FPW Category Thumbnails is used. The reason being that those plugins will not pull an image if a thumbnail is already present, and when FPW Category Thumbnails is used for all categories, there is always a thumbnail already present.

    I want this plugin to be able to support pulling the first image of a post for use as the post's thumbnail, overriding FPW Category Thumbnails when needed.

    The easier way to do this, which I don't prefer, is to make this plugin support such other thumbnail plugins, so that those plugins disregard FPW Category Thumbnails' already-chosen category thumbnail.

    The harder way to do this, which I prefer, is to have FPW Category Thumbnails itself have the added functionality of pulling the first image of a post as a thumbnail, overriding its category thumbnail. This means that we would not rely on two thumbnail plugins, instead relying only on FPW Category Thumbnails.

    As a wishful addition, although this is only a wish, I would like to see in the future, further functionality by having this plugin pull an thumbnail from a video for use as the post thumbnail, if a video is present. The video thumbnail function should have the option of overriding the image thumbnail if the admin so chooses. There is already a plugin that can do so well: "Video Thumbnails" by Sutherland Boswell.

    If we were to go to extreme measures and make this the absolutely best and most perfect thumbnail plugin, we could make it so that if the thumbnails were from videos, clicking the thumbnail would make it expand into a lightbox that would play the video on the page where the thumbnail is found, without ever leaving the page where the list of posts and their thumbnails were found. This is wishful thinking, too, but this would be the thumbnail plugin that would rock WordPress up and down, and few people who use plugins wouldn't use it.

    I really want to see the latter happen, but... Maybe we'll just do what we can. Or maybe not. Regardless, I really appreciate this plugin. Thanks so much for it. I find it indispensable. I'd give you some money if I had any at all. xD

    Best of wishes to you and your plugin.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fpw-category-thumbnails/

  2. Frank P. Walentynowicz
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you for your appreciation. Let me sleep on it. It is challenging enough to make me interested.

  3. MTPrower
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Did you decide anything, or consider any particular direction yet? I'm eager to hear what you think.

  4. Frank P. Walentynowicz
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    The first step will be to implement first image of the post/page as a thumbnail. Some restrictions will apply. The image MUST have a record in either media library or NextGen gallery. It is mandatory for standard implementations of WordPress thumbnails. To maintain this standard I cannot do video thumbnails especially with extended functionality you've described. As you know FPW Category Thumbnails does not display thumbnails. This role is assigned to the theme ( the_post_thumbnail() function ). I'll think about video thumbnails implementation in FPW Post Thumbnails which does not rely on the_post_thumbnail() function. You can expect first image functionality being added in version 1.5.7 of FPW Category Thumbnails.

  5. MTPrower
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm sorry if you don't like repeating yourself and I am forcing you to do so. But are you saying that FPW Category Thumbnails will support pulling the first image as a thumbnail, overriding the potential category thumbnail; while FPW Post Thumbnails will have video thumbnail support?

    From what I understand, FPW Post Thumbnails seems to be a plugin that adds post thumbnail functionality to a theme that does not already have that functionality. Therefore, is FPW Post Thumbnails even useful to a theme that already supports post thumbnails?

  6. Frank P. Walentynowicz
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, with modification to the theme ( remove the_post_thumbnail() calls ) FPW Post Thumbnails can handle it. Better solution is to have a child theme with these calls removed.

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