I really appreciate the manner in which this author approached this problem. It is an intelligent solution that works really well.
I found the author's explanation of the plugin somewhat incomplete, and since I am a technical writer, perhaps I can assist in the description of this excellent plugin. This plugin causes an Archive view to take the first image it encounters in a post and use it as if it were a featured image. The actual Featured Image for the post does not get defined permanently (which, if you use your imagination, is actually quite freeing in some situations). After activating this plugin, if you go into a given post for which you see a featured image displayed in the Archive view , but for which you never manually defined a featured image (that's important, if an image is already set this plugin moves on to the next post), you will see that post actually still does not have a featured image set. Using LoopBuddy or other plugins that allow you to quickly define complex grid or other multi-record displays will not recognize what this plugin is doing and will not display anything for a featured image because, again, none is ever actually set by this plugin.
If you've got posts that are going to be displayed in an Archive layout of some kind, and they don't have Featured Images actually defined for each of them you should consider installing and testing this very easy to use plugin. It could move you forward in your content migrations significantly...especially if migrating to a new design that makes use of Featured Images in archive views but the client has all these posts with no FI defined. Great work!!
Just activated the plugin and everything works as expected.
Excellent application, thanks to the developer!
It`s divine. You publish a post from the Windows Live Writer, and he adds a picture. And you dont need to go to admin panel. A huge thanks to the author!
Works like a charm. My heart was sinking, thinking of 950 posts to edit.
Thanks alot, I would have needed to actually add Featured Images for more then 900 Posts since I only used a Image in the Post itself. With this it took me 2 Seconds HA!
Saved great deal of time :)
This is really a life saver for those themes which do not add thumbnails automatically from thee post images. In my case, this really came handy. Thanks for this.
OMG, you saved me so much time! I was terrified to upload 1000s images from old sites and it was done within seconds. incredible!
Thank you very much, great job!
It works really easy, just install and activate.
Some themes, like Elegant Themes, have this option already built in but most don't and this plugin makes it easy to use the first image in post as featured when you don't have one.
I had hundreds of blog posts to update, with featured images, since moving to a new theme. This plug in took care of that job in seconds! A few photos didn't make it through but that doesn't bother me at all. The fact that this plug in took care of at least two weeks of work, was amazing. Kudos to the plug in Author!
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