I now understand that to get thumbnails to show up in eshop, you must set the featured image through the "Set Featured Image" function for each post. I'm working on finding a way to automate the process of setting a featured image for each post manually. I have many posts being generated automatically by cronjob (with prices, and an image URL), and then the corresponding images are uploaded separately. I'd like to be able to insert the image URL into a custom field, or in the wp_post_meta table in some way, so that wordpress and eshop know that the URL in this field is the featured image that should be used for the thumbnails. The image is hosted on my server, but I'm looking to avoid manually uploading it for each item. Is there any way to do this, you think?
If not, would it be possible for me to modify eshop so that instead of looking for the thumbnail as the WordPress featured image, it would look to Get The Image (Justin Tadlock's plugin), TimThumb (which is already used by the eStore theme I'm using), or another automatic thumbnail generator? Thanks!