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Autoset Featured Image


Busy with setting every post’s first image to the Featured Image?

Use this plugin instead!

This plugin will auto set the first image of your post (for new posts only) to Featured Image.

If you do not want set the first image, you can still set your own Featured Image.

How Does It Work?

You do not need to set anything after you install and no any options.

The plugin will auto set the first image of your new posts to Featured Image.

How to exclude a specific post?

  1. Go in to the post/page you do not want to autoset Featured Image.

  2. Find Meta Box name “Custom Field”.

  3. Click “Enter new”.

  4. Enter “no_featured_image” in Name Table and enter anything in Value Table.


Updgrading From A Previous Version

To upgrade from a previous version of this plugin, delete the entire folder and files from the previous version of the plugin and then follow the installation instructions below.

Installing The Plugin

Extract all files from the ZIP file, making sure to keep the file structure intact, and then upload it to /wp-content/plugins/.

This should result in the following file structure:

- wp-content
    - plugins
        - autoset-featured-image
            | autoset-featured-image.php
            | LICENSE
            | license.txt
            | readme.txt

Then just visit your admin area and activate the plugin.

See Also: “Installing Plugins” article on the WP Codex


I cannot active this plugin, what can i do?

You may post on the support forum of this plugin to ask for help.

I love this plugin! Can I donate to you?

YES! I do this in my free time and I appreciate all donations that I get. It makes me want to continue to update this plugin. You can find more details on About Me Page.


Doesn't work anymore!

This plugin was last updated 2 years ago, and it doesn’t work anymore.

Just tested it with my WordPress install, version 4.4! Nothing happens.

I recommend using “WP Autoset Featured Image Plus”:

Does exactly the same thing and works perfectly!

Wish it worked for existing posts…

I can see how this would be useful, though, but for my purposes and by the name of it, I was hoping it’d go through old posts and, if they didn’t have a featured image, set the first image.

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Contributors & Developers

“Autoset Featured Image” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Version 1.2.1 to 1.2.2

  • Fix Bug of exclude the specific post from autoset.

Version 1.2

  • Now you can exclude the specific post from autoset!

  • Fix Bugs.

Version 1.1.2

  • Fix Bugs.

Version 1.1.1

  • Fix Bug of $attached_image. (Thanks to gabrewat)

Version 1.1

  • Support WordPress 3.9.

Version 1.0.8 to 1.0.9

  • Update Readme File.

Version 1.0.6 to 1.0.7

  • Remove All Remote Load File.

Version 1.0.5

  • Fix Bug of define. (Thanks to cmhello)

Version 1.0.4

  • Add Banners.

Version 1.0.2 to 1.0.3

  • Update Readme File.

Version 1.0.1

  • Fix Bugs.

Version 1.0

  • Initial release.