Quick Featured Images

Description

The plugin is available in English and German (Deutsch), for the most part in Spanish (Español), Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil) and Arabic (العربية).

Manage featured images quickly

The plugin ‘Quick Featured Images’ helps you bulk managing featured images, setting automatic default featured images to save your time.

  1. It sets, replaces and removes featured images for hundreds of posts and pages in one go. You can run it over all contents or let it work only to desired contents by using flexible filters.
  2. It sets, replaces and removes featured images in a sortable image column in lists of posts, pages and custom post types if they support thumbnails. So you can change the images per post quickly without leaving the posts list page.
  3. It enables you to define presets for automatic default featured images for future posts as many as you need. You can set accurate rules based on post properties.

You get the free version here. If you want to include audios, videos and custom post types and get more options then take a look the premium version Quick Featured Images Pro.

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Access

  1. You will find the plugin under the own menu item ‘Featured Images’
  2. You can select an image in the media library with the action link ‘Bulk set as featured image’. Click on it and you can go on with the plugin.
  3. You can set in ‘Settings’ which minimum user role is allowed to see the plugin in his/her adminstration area. You can switch between ‘Administrator’ and ‘Editor’. The default value is ‘Editor’.

Set, replace, remove: Actions

With Quick Featured Images you can apply time-saving tasks with many featured images: add, exchange and delete them in bulk.

  1. Adding featured images: You can select an image to set it as the new featured image to hundreds of posts in one go. You can select multiple images to set them randomly as featured images.
  2. Exchanging featured images: You can replace or update several existing featured images with a selected image in one go.
  3. Deleting featured images: You can remove a selected featured image or all existing featured images in one go.

If you want to set the first content image as featured then take a look the premium version Quick Featured Images Pro.

Set, replace, remove: Options

Based on your selected action you can toggle on and off some options:

  1. overwrite existing featured images or keeping them unchanged. The latter setting is the default.
  2. consider only posts without a featured image. This will hide posts with featured images in the results list and will speed up the process.

If you want to use the option to remove the first image in the content then take a look the premium version Quick Featured Images Pro.

The premium version offers you several approaches for setting the first image as featured additionally:

  1. the first post image if available in the media library
  2. the first post image from the current site domain, copy and add it to the media library if not available there
  3. the first external post image, download it and add it to the media library
  4. the first attached image of a post
  5. the first image of a WordPress standard gallery
  6. the first image of a NextGen Gallery.

The premium version offers you two more options if you selected multiple images to set them as featured images in random order:

  1. Use each selected image only once. If there are more posts than selected images the remaining posts will not be changed.
  2. Remove excess featured images after all selected images are used.

If you want to use these options then take a look the premium version Quick Featured Images Pro.

Set, replace, remove: Filters

If there would be no filters Quick Featured Images would affect all posts and pages without exception! In most cases this is not desired.

The implemented filters allow you to narrow down the action to only the posts and pages you want to modify. The built-in filters are:

  1. Filter by post type: Search by post types. By default all posts, pages and custom post types will be affected
  2. Filter by category: Search posts by category
  3. Filter by tag: Search posts by tag

The premium version offers you additionally:

  1. Filter by format: Search by post format
  2. Filter by author: Search by author
  3. Filter by custom taxonomy: Search by terms of registered taxonomies of a plugin or a theme
  4. Filter by featured image size: Search for small featured images below a given size
  5. Filter by multimedia type: Search for audio and video files
  6. Filter by search: Search by search term: Search in post title and post content or in post title only
  7. Filter by status: Search by several statuses (published, draft, private etc.). By default all statuses will be affected
  8. Filter by time: Search by time specifications
  9. Filter by parent page: Search child pages by parent page

If you want to use these filters then take a look the premium version Quick Featured Images Pro.

Automatic Default Featured Images: Rules

You can set rules for default featured images of posts easily. Every time you insert a new post or save an existing post Quick Featured Images will look for a rule to add and to change the preset featured image to the saved post.

You can define the rules based on

  1. first content image if available in the media library
  2. custom taxonomy supporting featured images
  3. post tag
  4. post category
  5. post author
  6. post types: ‘Post’, ‘Page’ and custom post types supporting featured images

The premium version offers you additionally:

  1. multiple random images to assign one of them to a post
  2. user defined order of applying the types of rules
  3. first content image if available on an external server
  4. post format match
  5. search string in post title match
  6. random featured images at each page load

The rules are easy to set: choose an image, a taxonomy, a value and save the settings. That’s it. You do not need to code.

You can add, change and delete every rule whenever you want. So you get an precise set of rules for automatic default featured images in your website.

After an image is removed from the library all preset rules assigned with that image will be removed automatically.

The rules take effect when a post is saved in the backend – e.g. on the post edit page – or in the frontend – e.g. via a "Create Post" form by Gravity Forms.

Automatic Default Featured Images: Options

You can switch between

  1. overwriting existing featured images or
  2. keeping them unchanged.

The latter setting is the default. The option is used every time a post is saved.

Easy managing in a sortable image column in posts lists

Quick Featured Images Pro adds a new column called ‘Featured Image’ in posts lists. The additional column is sortable by the image ID. It shows the currently assigned featured image of each post and action links to set, replace, edit and remove the featured image at each post.

With that column you can get a quick overview about all used images and a change featured images at every single post quickly. You can also see posts with no featured image at a glance.

Under ‘Featured Images’ > ‘Settings’ you can switch on and off the additional image column for every single post type, even custom post types if they support thumbnails.

Languages

For the most part the user interface is available in

  • English
  • Spanish (Español), kindly drawn up by Andrew Kurtis from www.webhostinghub.com
  • Arabic (العربية), kindly drawn up by Shadi AlZard
  • Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)
  • German (Deutsch)

Further translations are welcome. If you want to give in your translation please leave a notice in the plugin’s support forum.

Your idea to improve the plugin is welcome

If you have any new idea for this plugin post your questions and ideas in the support forum at wordpress.org. I will try to take a look and answer as soon as possible.

Support

Support for this plugin will be provided in the form of Product Support. This means that I intend to fix any confirmed bugs, listen to ideas for this plugin and improve the user experience when enhancements are identified and can reasonably be accomodated.

There is no User Support provided for this plugin. If you are having trouble with this plugin in your particular installation of WordPress, I will not be able to help you troubleshoot the problem.

No warranty and liability!

Notice: This plugin has no Undo function! This plugin is provided under the terms of the GPL, including the following:

BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE PROGRAM "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION.

Screenshots

  • The first screen of Quick Featured Images: select an image and an action.
  • The second screen: select a filter to narrow down to posts and pages you want to modify with the image. Alternatively you can drop filtering and jump to Screen 4 directly.
  • The third screen: refine the filters.
  • The fourth screen: take a preview. If the filtering does not correspond to your expectations you can refine the filters again under the list on this page.
  • The fifth screen: take an overview of the success of the action.
  • The sixth screen: take an look on the extra column (marked red) for assigned featured images.
  • The seventh and last screen: take an overview of your rules for future default featured images.

Installation

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for ‘Quick Featured Images’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard
  5. Go to ‘Featured Images’

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Navigate to the ‘Upload’ area
  3. Select quick-featured-images.zip from your computer
  4. Click ‘Install Now’
  5. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard
  6. Go to ‘Featured Images’

Using FTP

  1. Download quick-featured-images.zip
  2. Extract the quick-featured-images directory to your computer
  3. Upload the quick-featured-images directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard
  5. Go to ‘Featured Images’

FAQ

How can I set a default featured image for existing posts?

For that use the plugin twice:

  1. Under ‘Set, replace, delete’ remove all undesired featured images if there are some. If desired remove the images using the option ‘Overwrite existing featured images’.
  2. Then choose the desired image and set it to the posts without the option ‘Overwrite existing featured images’. This will set the image to all posts without a featured image.
How can I set a default featured image for future posts?

Or: I want image X as default featured image if the post has category Y. How to set this?

Look at some examples:

  1. To set a default featured image for every new post of the category ‘Lorem ipsum’:
    1. choose the image
    2. choose the taxonomy ‘Category’ and
    3. choose the value ‘Lorem ipsum’.
    4. save the settings.
  2. To set a default featured image for every new post:
    1. choose the image
    2. choose the taxonomy ‘Post Type’ and
    3. choose the value ‘Post’
    4. save the settings.
  3. To set a default featured image for every new custom taxonomy of a theme or a plugin, e.g. events of the category ‘Concert’:
    1. choose the image
    2. choose the taxonomy ‘Event Category’ and
    3. choose the value ‘Concert’.
    4. save the settings.
Who can see Quick Featured Images in the WordPress backend?

All users who have the right to edit others posts have the access to Quick Featured Images. As long as the user roles are untouched after a fresh standard WordPress installation both Administrators and Editors can use this plugin.

For these users the menu item ‘Featured Images’ with its sub pages appears in the WordPress backend. All other users will not see this menu item or will get an error message if they would request a Quick Featured Images page via a direct link.

Does the plugin work in a WordPress Multisite installation?

Yes. It works either activated for all sites (network wide) or activated in each single site. It changes only the posts of the site where you use it.

Will I lose all the featured images if I will delete the plugin?

No. The featured images you have already set will remain set if you deactivate or delete the plugin.

Why does the plugin say "No matches found" after confirmation?

This could be the case if the images were not uploaded via WordPress’ own media uploader. If you have uploaded images via FTP or other ways the plugin can not find images.

It does not matter where the images are stored on your server. They can be in any folder. But they have to be uploaded via WordPress’ own media uploader to be found by this plugin. If this is the case the plugin will work fine.

Why are there sometimes strange search results with custom taxonomies?

The search for custom taxonomy terms could lead to surprising results. The reason is custom taxonomies can be used in many different ways. It is not possible to catch them all in one single code expression. If you should be unsatisfied with the result try other filters to get the result you want.

Where is the *.pot file for translating the plugin in any language?

If you want to contribute a translation of the plugin in your language it would be great! You would find the *.pot file in the ‘languages’ directory of this plugin. If you would send the *.po file to me I would include it in the next release of the plugin.

Reviews

Quick support

When there was a little glitch with this plugin, I contacted support and within a day, a new update was made to rectify glitch. Impressed by the turn around. I haven’t been able to find another plugin to do what this plugin does so well.

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Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

Changelog

12.3.3

  • Revised translations

12.3.2

  • Fixed missing loading of Javascript media API on Preset Default Images page

12.3.1

  • Fixed missing loading of Javascript media API on post edit pages
  • Fixed a typo, revised translations

12.3

  • Changed in part “Replace” of section “Set, replace, remove”: Media library dialog box instead of image list to select the replacement images
  • Improved: Faster check for found attachment against being an image
  • Updated translations
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.7.3

12.2

  • Added in ‘Set, replace, remove’: server configuration to avoid PHP timeout and memory limitation in most cases
  • Fixed deprecated jquery live()
  • Adjusted texts for WP 4.7
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.7

12.1.1

  • Fixed warning about undefined variable in Presets
  • Revised german translation
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.6.1

12.1

  • Fixed fatal error at plugin activation
  • Fixed missing default settings

12.0

  • In Pro version: Added in Presets: option for displaying random featured images at each page load
  • Changed menu item name ‘Image Columns’ to ‘Settings’
  • Added in Settings: option to set a minimum user role to be allowed to see the plugin
  • Added in image column: action links to add, change and remove featured images at each post
  • Revised uninstall function for WordPress 4.6 due to the introduction of WP_Site_Query class
  • Revised style of thumbnails in image column, Presets and bulk edit pages
  • Updated *.pot file and german translation
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.6

11.8.1

  • Improved: media dialogs show only images instead of all files
  • Improved in Presets: only authors instead of all users are listed
  • Fixed in Presets: empty user data

11.8

  • Added brazilian portuguese translation
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.5.2

11.7.3

  • Fixed: outdated translations for post statusses
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.5.2

11.7.2

  • Fixed: broken recognition of first post image works in multilines
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.5.1

11.7.1

  • Revised plugin activation message function
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.5

11.7

  • Improved: Presets are working in the frontend, too, e.g. at creating a post with Gravity Forms
  • Improved: Headline structure since WP 4.4 for better accessibility
  • Refactored: Page ‘Preset Images’
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.4.2
  • Updated *.pot file and translations

11.6.1

  • Premium version: Added in ‘Preset Images’: Selection of multiple images to set one of them randomly as default featured image
  • Improved usability: Advice for selection of multiple images in the media dialog box
  • Improved usability in ‘Set, replace, remove’: On the start page show selected images after closing the media dialog box
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.4
  • Updated *.pot file and translations

11.6

  • Added in ‘Preset Images’: After an image is removed from the library all preset rules assigned with that image will be removed automatically
  • Premium Version: Added in ‘Preset Images’: User defined order of applying the types of rules
  • Premium Version: Added in ‘Preset Images’: Option ‘First content image’ also takes image of an external server
  • Fixed in ‘Preset Images’: Wrong background color for third table row
  • Fixed in ‘Preset Images’: Missing translations for changed texts
  • Refactoring in ‘Preset Images’
  • Updated *.pot file and translations

11.5

  • Added arabic translation. Thank you, Shadi AlZard!
  • Added in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Back button on result page. So you can start a further run faster
  • Premium version; Added in ‘Preset Featured Images’: post format as taxonomy
  • Fixed table row colors due to changes in WP 4.3
  • Redesigned in ‘Preset Images’: Moved checkboxes to middle column
  • Revised styles for page descriptions
  • Changed text domain for translate.wordpress.org
  • Updated *.pot file and translations

11.4.1

  • Revised styles for image column in small displays, since WP 4.3
  • Premium version: Added search in post title in ‘Presets’: set default featured image for posts with a specific search string in the title
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.3

11.4

Added spanish translation for the main texts of the plugin

11.3

  • Added in image column: Link to the edit page of the displayed image
  • Updated screenshot

11.2

  • Fixed in ‘Set, replace, remove’: invalid thumbnail IDs will be ignored
  • Fixed in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Added missing ‘break’ in switch()
  • Fixed in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Post Type Filter founded always posts and pages
  • Fixed broken bulk assign link at each image in the media library
  • Premium version: Added option in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Take the first post image from current site domain
  • Updated *.pot file and german translation

11.1

  • Fixed bug which yielded the error message "No matches found" at the Confirmation step
  • Fixed wrong links in the Confirmation list if cache was used

11.0

  • Improved performance of confirmation step by using cached results of preview step
  • Improved security by changing $_REQUEST to $_POST and $_GET
  • Premium version: Added option in ‘Set, replace, remove’ for selection of multiple images: Use each selected only once
  • Premium version: Added option in ‘Set, replace, remove’ for selection of multiple images: Remove excess featured images after all selected images are used
  • Premium version: Added option in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Remove first image in content
  • Premium version: Added option in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Take first image of NextGen galleries
  • Premium version: Added option in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Take first external image
  • Premium version: Added option in ‘Set, replace, remove’: Take first attached image
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.2.2
  • Updated *.pot file and german translation

10.0

  • Introducing premium version Quick Featured Images Pro
  • Deleted in ‘Set, replace, remove’: some filters and options in favor of the premium version
  • Corrected CSS height for images in image column to keep the aspect ratio
  • Updated *.pot file and german translation