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Thumbnail For Excerpts


The idea of this plugin is to make excerpts have an image near. By default, WordPress strip every tag in excerpts, including images, so the look can be boring. Since WordPress 2.9 there is a mechanism for thumbnails, which still ask for some coding. Not with this plugin! With this plugin your life is easier! Keep in mind that this plugin use the new feature from WordPress 2.9, but works with previous versions too. It will use any specific thumbnail you have indicated manually. In the same time, it will provide automatically thumbnails for all the posts (previous posts for example) which have at least one image, but no manually-indicated thumbnail.


Full documentation can be found on the Thumbnail for Excerpts page.


Now there is a setting page in WordPress back-end.


  • By default it shows on left side, with 100 set as width
  • Now in the right side, with 50 as width
  • This screenshot is done in Firefox, showing the feed: yes, the thumbnails are there too!


The plugin is simple to install:

  1. Download the zip file
  2. Unpack the zip. You should have a directory called thumbnailforexcerpts, containing several files and folders
  3. Upload the thumbnailforexcerpts directory to the wp-content/plugins directory on your WordPress installation.
  4. Activate plugin
  5. Edit thumbnailforexcerpts.php if you need to tweak the settings

It will work immediately!


Is not working for me. Why?

First, the question is too generic. Second: check the thumbnails for your images. If you don’t have, regenerate with this plugin or with Regenerate Thumbnails, signed by Viper007Bond.

The thumbnails are present in feed?

Yes, if you don’t provide full feed, than this plugin will put thumbnails to excerpts from your posts.

Can I choose the size of the thumbnail?

Yes, use the settings page of this plugin.

Can I choose the alignment of the thumbnail?

Yes, use the settings page of this plugin.

Can I further customize the look of the the thumbnail?

Yes, with CSS. The thumbnails are usign tfe as default class.

Contributors & Developers

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



2.1 [December 17, 2009]
– thumbnail function updated to last changes in WP 2.9
– some more options in settings page

2.0 [December 8, 2009]
– plugin rewritten
– ready for WordPress 2.9
– many changes

1.3 [November 22, 2008]
– working now with GIF and PNG also
– working now also with WordPress installations which do not use wp_ for tables
– tested for WP 2.7

1.2 [September 9, 2008]
– can create thumbnails if do not exists

1.1 [September 6, 2008]
– some suggestion implemented (link, title, max dim)

1.0 [August 13, 2008]
– first release