Support » Plugin: WP Photo Album Plus » Set 1st post image as “featured”

  • Resolved guiguilyon


    Hello !

    I use the WPPA [photo random] shortcode to add a random photo in a large amount of posts. I really appreciated that you added this feature in an earlier version. Thank you!

    And I’m trying to make a post grid page from these posts, using other plugins (like Post Grid or Content Views), where each post of the grid is represented by the thumbnail of the first image of the post. A little bit like in this example

    But this kind of plugins (Post Grid…) need either a Featured image set in the post or an image added inside the post content, to be able to use it as a source of the post grid thumbnail.
    The problem is that WPPA shortcodes are not recognized as images by these plugins. So the resulating post grid appears without any thumbnail, even though the posts themselves have an image in them, thanks to WPPA [photo random] shortcode.

    I could add featured image to the posts one by one. But it would take ages. And since the pictures are managed by WPPA, they don’t appear in the default WordPress media library that opens when you want to select a featured image.

    I could also use a plugin that automatically sets the first image of the post content as the featured image (like Easy Add Thumbnail). But again, these plugins don’t see WPPA shortcodes as an image.

    Another idea is to use a plugin that adds random Featured image in bulk (like Quick Featured Images).
    In this case I wouldn’t even add an image in the posts content since my posts would be illustrated by the featured image, which can even be resized in the post content by my theme.
    But the problem is that this plugin can’t add unique random images. It will reuse them randomly contrary to WPPA which can be set to use the random photos only once (setting in Table IX-L-7). And I want each image to be used only once.

    I tried many things, but now I feel a bit out of ideas to achieve what I want.


    To sum up, I’m trying to :
    – add random unique images (either featured or in the post content) to a large amount of posts
    – create thumbnails post grids from any taxonomy (e.g. categories) from these posts.

    Can you help me to achieve that please? 🙂

    Maybe if there was a way to set the an image added into a post as the Featured image, in WPPA options, would be a solution.

    Thanks for reading !

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  • Plugin Author Jacob N. Breetvelt


    If i add an option in Table IX-L so that, when Select photo once is selected, it will not replace [photo random] by [photo 4711] but by the html according to the specification of Single image type including the <img> tag, would that help?

    In this case, after loading the page with shortcode [photo random] once, the page will contain the <img> tag.

    A drawback, however, is that chnaging any of the settings Table IX-L 2,3 or 4 afterwards will have no effect on existing posts/pages.

    Yes! I think this would really help! I could do with the drawback.

    As long as the other users can either choose if [photo random] would be replaced by the [photo xxxx] shortcode or the html code, so they don’t have to deal with the drawback.

    Also I think this drawback should be mentionned in the option help.

    That would be a nice improvement! Thank you! 🙂

    Plugin Author Jacob N. Breetvelt


    Will be available soon

    Plugin Author Jacob N. Breetvelt


    Update to version 6.9.07 and tick Table IX-L7.1: Render photo once Replace shortcode by html

    Thank you very much! I was able to create a post grid with thunmbnails thanks to you!
    I’m very grateful for your great plugin! 😀

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