This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

External Featured Image Plus


This plugin is gives you the option of calling in a featured image from an external URL. While you probably wouldn’t want to hotlink your featured images from someone else’s site, this can be especially useful if you house your own images in another location.

Major features in this plugin include:

  • Full control over the functions thru the settings panel.
  • Select the desired post type from the check box.
  • Creates relative URL for images when inserting into posts.
  • Remove Featured Image from appearing inside edit page.
  • SEO friendly alt and caption fields.
  • External Featured Image in RSS feed.
  • Remove plugin options and post meta on uninstall.

This plugin was created by SuitPress –


  • The slick plugin settings panel.
  • Preview on edit page.


Upload the this plugin to your blog, Activate it.


  1. Upload plugin-name.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Configure using the plugin menu under settings in your admin page.
  4. The plugin settings will be immediately below or above the traditional ‘External Featured Image’ box, in the page/post editor.


I have an issue with this plugin, where can I get support?

Please open an issue on Github.


September 30, 2017
trust this plugin, it hasn't been updated because there is no need to. Still working fine and less heavy than those most downloaded ones. Unfortunately I couldn't use it because you still have to add your URL manually to the image metabox, whereas I need that to be done automatically for the entire backend.
September 3, 2016
thanks for making it's really very helpful for my Sites. Thanks again.
September 3, 2016
I used another plugin before but it had problem after update and can't fix. when i used this it good work!!
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Contributors & Developers

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




  • Initial release. We will be upgrading periodically for functionality improvements.