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WP Remote Thumbnail


WP Remote Thumbnail is very light weight WordPress plugin which comes with zero configuration and one click setup. Using this plugin you can easily set any external image as featured image of any post/page or even custom post types.

This plugin automatically adds a custom metabox to each post type which supports post thumbnail. You just need to copy and paste the url of any image and then paste it into the metabox and click publish/update.


  • Add remote thumbnail url and click publish/update.
  • After adding a remote thumbnail.


  1. Go to your admin area and select Plugins -> Add new from the menu.

  2. Search for “WP Remote Thumbnail”.

  3. Click install.

  4. Click activate.

  5. Go to any post/page and add your external images.


What is remote thumbnail

You can call remote thumbnail as external featured image. This plugin will help you to set any external image as a featured image of any post/page.



This plugin looks like the answer to my issue, but I don’t want to start counting on a plugin that is dying. I see it’s been 11 months since your last update, are you going to revive this plugin or let it die?

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  • Fixed issue with larger images.
  • Increased time out for getting images.
  • Better error handling.


  • This is the first version