Featured Image From URL

Description

Features:

  • Featured Image from URL plugin allows you to use an external image as Featured Image of your post, page and Custom Post Type, such as WooCommerce Product;

  • perfect for external posts, the plugin is able to use the first image as Featured Image;

  • when you access the table of posts/pages/products/categories in admin menu, the Featured Images are shown in a new column;

  • if your theme doesn’t show Featured Image on posts/pages/products, it’s possible to include that at the beginning of the content automatically;

  • but if your theme show the Featured Images on posts/pages/products, there is an option to remove the Featured Image;

  • with lazy load feature the images/videos won’t be loaded until user scrolls to them making the home/shop page load faster;

  • all included content still has social tags to facilitate sharing on social networks;

  • compatible with WP All Import plugin;

  • some nonstandard image URLs, such as Instagram and Google Drive’s, will work as well;

  • you can define a default external featured image to be shown when there is no featured image;

  • you can disable the product lightbox and zoom;

  • supports WP REST API (premium feature);

  • allows to schedule an cron event to set all first images as featured images. So it can run hourly, daily etc. (premium feature);

  • all features created for external images are available for external videos from YouTube, Vimeo and Cloudinary. For YouTube videos, it’s possible to set player parameters. And you can define the video size for each screen type (premium feature);

  • you can use a slider of images as featured image (premium feature);

  • you can use a video thumbnail or a video as featured image (premium feature);

  • auto set product category images, with each image being chosen among the external product images from that category (premium feature);

  • it’s also possible to use external images in the WooCommerce Product Gallery and WooCommerce Product Category (premium feature);

  • you can use external thumbnails from Flickr to make your site uppon to 94% faster (premium feature);

  • it’s able to crop all the external featured images on home/shop to the same size (premium feature);

  • you can apply your own CSS style or 18 hover effects to the images (premium feature);

  • auto play/pause videos on mouse over/out (premium feature);

Official Site
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Screenshots

  • Just fill the URL field with the image address and click on preview button.

  • If the URL is correct, the image will be shown.

  • Premium feature: featured video from URL.

  • Premium feature: featured slider from URL.

  • Featured image column.

  • External featured media on home.

  • External featured image on post (it could be a page or a custom post type).

  • Premium feature: featured video from URL.

  • Premium feature: featured slider from URL.

  • A lot of settings to adapt the plugin to your needs.

  • Premium feature: image gallery from URL.

  • Premium feature: video gallery from URL.

  • External featured media on WooCommerce shop.

  • External featured media on cart.

  • Premium feature: image gallery from URL.

  • External featured image on Lightbox.

  • Lightbox zoom.

  • Premium feature: video gallery from URL.

  • Premium feature: external featured video on Lightbox.

  • Lightbox zoom.

Installation

  1. Install automatically or by uploading the ZIP file.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. The plugin settings will be in the left column, between ‘Appearance’ and ‘Collapse menu’ icons.
  4. And a new box will be shown immediately below or above the traditional “Featured Image” box, in the page/post/product editor.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Install automatically or by uploading the ZIP file.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. The plugin settings will be in the left column, between ‘Appearance’ and ‘Collapse menu’ icons.
  4. And a new box will be shown immediately below or above the traditional “Featured Image” box, in the page/post/product editor.
Where are the “Featured Image from URL” box?
  • It will be immediately below or above the traditional “Featured Image” box, in the page/post/product editor.
What’s the URL field?
  • There you should paste the image URL. For example: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3761/9944251684_e16fd019c0_b.jpg
What’s the preview button?
  • This button will show you a preview of the external image.
Why don’t I see the image preview?
  • Because your URL is invalid.
What’s the “alt attribute” field?
  • There you can write a short description of the image. It is only for SEO reasons.
What’s the “Remove external featured image” link?
  • It’s used to remove the external image.
What happens if I have two featured images (internal and external)?
  • The external image has priority in this case and the internal image won’t be shown. However you can revert the priority in the plugin settings.
Which WooCommerce versions are supported by Featured Image from URL?
  • 3.0.X and later.
When accessing “All Pages”, “All Posts”, “Products” or “Product Categories” in admin menu, how can I enable or disable “FIFU” column?
  • Just click on “Screen Options”, and check or uncheck “FIFU”.
How to show the Featured Image (internal or external) at the beginning of the content of a Post, Page or Product?
  • There is a toggle (on/off) in Featured Image from URL settings. This functionality was added to attend some themes that didn’t show the Featured Image before the content of Posts, Pages or Products.
How to use Featured Image from URL with my Custom Post Types?
  • There are some text fields in Featured Image from URL settings. For now you can define there until 5 Custom Post Types. Just type the correct names and click on Submit button.

Reviews

Just works.

This plugin is perfect if you host your your images off-site like Amazon, etc… saves space on the server and works flawless. Excellent plugin.

Amazing Plugin and Customer Service!

I have been looking for this functionality for a while, specifically the Flickr content. I installed the free version and upgraded after only one day I was so pleased. The plugin performed as stated out of the box, but I had a small issue with my own theme (not guaranteed by the author) and he STILL went above and beyond to work with me and resolve the conflict. I am blown away by how wonderful this plugin and the support are! In just a few days he pinned down my issue, modified the plugin and went to my site for review and confirm everything had been resolved. I highly recommend this plugin as well was anything written by this developer. Best WordPress Premium purchase I have ever made!

Works great on standard wordpress posts

Another theme I use automatically does this without a plugin but I couldn’t figure out how the developer incorporated it into their theme. It pulls in the images automatically without having to add additional data to the database I believe. Either way, this plugin does what I need it to albeit I now have to rely on it – one more plugin that I’d prefer not to use, however, super happy to have found a solution. Great job plugin author!!

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Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

Changelog

1.8.7

  • New free feature: CSS Style.

1.8.6

  • Bug fix: image URL was being shown in log file.

1.8.5

  • Bug fix: priority feature.

1.8.4

  • Allows to prioritize the internal image rather than the external one, if both exist.

1.8.3

  • Bug fix: use the first image as featured image.

1.8.2

  • Bug fix: use the first image as featured image.

1.8.1

  • Alt attribute used as image title as well.

1.8.0

  • Premium advertisement: schedule cron event.

1.7.9

  • Premium advertisement: support to Cloudinary videos.

1.7.8

  • Premium advertisement: auto set product category images.

1.7.7

  • Removed empty() function. Not supported by PHP 5.

1.7.6

  • Default external featured image.

1.7.5

  • Check compatibility between the user theme and Premium version features.

1.7.4

  • Bug fix: Instagram URLs. Scripts removed: no more support to WooCommerce 2.

1.7.3

  • Bug fix.

1.7.2

  • Disable product lightbox and zoom.

1.7.1

  • Crop all external featured images to the same size.

1.7.0

  • Video thumbnail as featured image and Update All button.

1.6.9

  • Auto play/pause video and support to list of URLs (WP All Import).

1.6.8

  • Image validation and fake internal featured image.

1.6.7

  • Support to Instagram images.

1.6.6

  • Support to Google Drive images.

1.6.5

  • Bug fix.

1.6.4

  • Bug fix.

1.6.3

  • Lazy load.

1.6.2

  • Bug fix.

1.6.1

  • Bug fix.

1.6.0

  • WP REST API.

1.5.9

  • New support email.

1.5.8

  • FAQ update.

1.5.7

  • Resize featured image column.

1.5.6

  • Compatible with any theme now.

1.5.5

  • URL field isn’t hidden anymore.

1.5.4

  • Bug fix: compatibility with old PHP versions.

1.5.3

  • Auto set featured image.

1.5.2

  • Hide external featured media.

1.5.1

  • Genesis Framework integration, external JS minification and WooCommerce 3 note.

1.5.0

  • Social tags toggle.

1.4.9

  • Add information about theme compatibility.

1.4.8

  • Bug fix.

1.4.7

  • Flickr integration advertisement.

1.4.6

  • Bug fixes.

1.4.5

  • Add External Featured Image Slider.

1.4.4

  • Bug fixes.

1.4.3

  • Full integration with Sirv plugin.

1.4.2

  • CSS style.

1.4.0

  • Compatibility with Sirv CDN & Image Manager plugin.

1.3.9

  • The last toggle wasn’t shown in Firefox. Fixed.

1.3.8

  • WooCommerce compatibility notice and showcase links.

1.3.7

  • Links and contact info updated.

1.3.6

  • Bug fixes and hover effect presentation.

1.3.5

  • Bug fixes.

1.3.4

  • Bug fixes.

1.3.3

  • Bug fixes.

1.3.2

  • Bug fixes.

1.3.1

  • Bug fixes.

1.3

  • The plugin should be compatible with any theme now.

1.2.5

  • All the “PHP Notices” shown on “debug.log” file were resolved. So the log will be completely clean.

1.2.4

  • It’s possible to hide the plugin meta boxes now.

1.2.3

  • Bug fixed in WooCommerce Product Category.

1.2.2

  • Bug fixed.

1.2.1

  • Readme fixed.

1.2

  • It was included a Featured Image column in Product Categories. Moreover, it was fixed a problem with a toggle (Featured Image in Content) that didn’t appear in Firefox. And another toggle, for backlink,
    was removed. To finish, a Premium version is now been presented.

1.1.5

  • Now it’s possible to use an external image as Featured Image of your WooCommerce Product Category. Then an “External Featured Image” box will be shown when you create/edit a Product Category. Depending on your theme, you must enable “WooCommerce Full Integration” on Featured Image from URL settings.

1.1.4

  • Now it’s possible to use external images as Featured Images of your Custom Post Types. On the menu settings, you can define for now until 5 Custom Post Types.

1.1.3

  • If your theme don’t show Featured Image (internal or external) in Posts, Pages or Products, now it’s possible to include that at the beginning of the content automatically.

1.1.2

  • Menu toggles weren’t been shown on Firefox. Fixed!

1.1.1

  • Now, when you access “All Posts”, “All Pages” or “Products” in admin menu, the Featured Images (internal or external) are shown in a new column.

1.1

  • Now it’s possible to use external images in the WooCommerce Product Gallery (since your site is hosted on a Linux server).

1.0.2

  • Now it’s possible to use an external image as Featured Image of your WooCommerce products.

1.0.1

  • The help link in admin menu was wrong. It’s fixed now.

1.0

  • It’s the first and only version so far.