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Nelio External Featured Image (discontinued) - Available in Nelio Content

Download Nelio Content (a new implementation of this plugin) and use external images from anywhere as the featured image of your pages and posts.

1.4.5 (November 23, 2016)

  • Notice Added. Adding a notice to the plugin to let our users know that this plugin is now discontinued and they should install Nelio Content instead. The notice can be disabled using a new filter named

and returning false.

1.4.4 (April 21, 2016)

  • Bug Fix. If there isn't any external featured image set and the post doesn't contain any images, do not return an empty featured image.
  • Buf Fix. Auto-select first image in post, regardless of the quotation type used by the img (i.e. it works with both single and double quotes).
  • Improvement. Using the filter the_content for trying to obtain the first featured image, when (apparently) no image was included in the post. This may occur, for example, when a plugin for converting links to images is used.
  • Notice Fix. Removed notice (thanks to Lars Schenk).

1.4.3 (March 22, 2016)

  • Improvement. The first image of your posts are now saved in a custom meta. This way, selecting the first image as the featured image is much faster and the workload is reduced. This meta's name is

. * Improvement. The previous meta is only used in the front end. This also ensures that the Dashboard is not affected by the plugin.

1.4.2 (March 8, 2016)

  • Fix. Using first image as the featured image automatically now works under (hopefully) all circumstances. The previous version only worked if the img tag and its src attribute were side by side. This is no longer requried.

1.4.1 (January 28, 2016)

  • Fix. Using first image as the featured image is now working properly.

1.4.0 (January 27, 2016)

  • New Funcionality! By default, the plugin will use the first image that appears in the content of your posts if you didn't specify any external featured image. Note there's a new filter to change this behavior (nelioefi_use_first_image); you can read more about it in the FAQ section.


  • Bug fix: Quick Edit (and possibly other edits) a post removed the external featured image. This does no longer happen.
  • External Featured Image is inserted using the src attribute of an img tag in RSS feeds (instead of an inline CSS background property).


  • Define the ALT attribute of your external featured images.


  • Added a new filter ("nelioefi_post_meta_key") that will let you define a custom post_meta_key to store the URL of the external featured image.


  • Referencing our A/B testing service for WordPress.


  • Added External Featured Image box for custom post types. If the custom post type's template uses featured image.
  • Some helper functions have been introduced in the plugin, so that adapting themes becomes easier.


  • Compatibility with the Genesis Framework. By default, external featured images have a minimum size of 150x150px. Make sure you edit your CSS files for proper image size.
  • Some minor tweaks.


  • Bug fix. One function for locating external featured images was missplaced. I moved it to the proper file so that it loads when the user is not an admin.


  • Bug fix. You can now set regular featured images under all circumstances (thanks rprose for reporting the bug!).


  • Improved image sizing. Now, the plugin uses the sizes the theme defines and tries to scale and crop the external image for its proper display.


  • First release.

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.3.7
Last Updated: 2 months ago
Active Installs: 10,000+


4.4 out of 5 stars


1 of 5 support threads in the last two months have been marked resolved.

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