[resolved] How to make the main picture appear in a Facebook post? (7 posts)

  1. Steve
    Posted 2 years ago #

    When I make a blog post ( http://beforewisdom.com ) I usually like to put a picture at the top center of a post.

    It used to be that if I posted a URL to that post on Facebook, Facebook would show that picture.

    Now it doesn't.

    I've noticed with other people's URLs Facebook will and will not incosnsitently.

    Is there any rule, theme or coding trick I can do to guarantee that a picture on a blog post shows up when the URL is posted to Facebook?

  2. Steve
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Blog: http://beforewisdom.com
    Theme: Twenty Eleven ( as a child theme )

    Hi all,

    It used to be that if I put an image or video at the top of my blog posts that image or an image of the video would appear on Facebook if I posted a URL of that blog post.

    No more.

    I Googled around and learned about the "feature image" feature. I tried setting one for a post with a youtube video at the top. The featured image appears in my blog post editor, but still no dice when I post the URL to Facebook. A meta tag for the og:image does not appear either. I blew my browser cache, but that did not help.

    For posts where I post a youtube video I want an image representing the video to appear on Facebook, but in my post.

    For posts where I just post an image at the top of my blog post, I want that image to appear in Facebook.

    How can I do these two things?

    Admins, please delete the first post in this thread and replace it with this one. Thanks

  3. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Are you using a plugin for this? If so, post in that plugin's forum. FWIW, from what I have seen, FB is inconsistent about how it pulls images - see the explanation here:


  4. Steve
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm not using a plugin.

    I am just posting images and videos into my blog posts.

    I can't edit my first post in this thread. Could you please replace my fisrt post in this thread with my second post?

  5. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Try using a plugin - it may give you better control over what gets posted. Aside from that, see the link above for more info about how FB works.

  6. Steve
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I read your link.

    Which plugin do I want? I don't want my blog posts to automatically go to facebook, just some.

  7. Steve
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I found this plugin, which is nice and simple doing only what I need. It inserts Facebook meta tags automatically so pictures and blurbs from my blog posts show on Facebook.

    I found it by searching on the name from the plugin search inside of WordPress:

    "Fedmich's Facebook Open Graph Meta"

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