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Flickr Fallback Thumbnail


Adding explicit thumbnails (featured images) to your content takes time. Even if you don’t add your own photography, you’d still need to go to or so. This plugin hooks into the thumbnail URL and changes this with an image from the Flickr API, based on the tags in your post. If Flickr couldn’t find anything, it will return an empty string. I have achieved good results, with posts that all of a sudden had a rather adequate thumbnail.

[Flickr images might have licensing issues, so I recommend to use this plugin only on personal sites]


  1. Unzip the plugin in your plugin directory.
  2. Activate the plugin in WordPress.
  3. Edit the file flickr-fallback-thumbnails.php. Look for the line
var $api_key = "your_api_key"

and fill in your API-key. Learn more here: Flickr API.


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“Flickr Fallback Thumbnail” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



November 29, 2014

  • First release.