WP Featured Image From URL
WP Featured Image From URL is a Wordpress plugin that allows Wordpress to use an external image url as featured image for post and pages.
Developed by: Astral Meta
Requires: Wordpress 4.0 or higher
Tested on: Wordpress 4.7
Last Update: December 11, 2016
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WP Featured Image From URL or WordPress Featured Image from URL is a totally free plugin that allows WordPress to use an image from an external url as a featured image; a feature not normally allowed. The plugin requires no more setups. Just install and it will add an option to insert from url in the featured image box of WordPress’ post and page editors.
The plugin validates the image urls and if found valid, it will save the link to be use by WordPress as a featured image. As of WP v.4.6.1 and even with the latest v.4.7, setting a featured image from an external source is not possible although you can insert an image from a url on the post via the Add Media button. With WP Featured Image From URL, you will be able to set a featured image from urls other than your website or host.
WP Featured Image From URL accepts many image formats (extensions), including jpeg, jpg, gif, png, tif, tiff, bmp, webp, and the latest bpg format.
- Allows WordPress to set featured image from an external url.
- Accepts jpeg, jpg, gif, png, tif, tiff, bmp, webp, and bpg image formats.
- No setup required. Just install and it will add an insert from url option in the Featured Image option box of WordPress’ post and page editors.
Wordpress v.4.0 or higher
Tested on Wordpress v.4.6.1 and v.4.7
After downloading the ZIP file,
1. Log in to Wordpress' administrator panel.
2. Go to Plugins Add > New > Upload.
3. Click “Choose file” (“Browse”) and select the downloaded zip file.
For Mac Users:
Go to your Downloads folder and locate the folder with the plugin. Right-click on the folder and select Compress. Now you have a newly created .zip file which can be installed as described here.
4. Click “Install Now” button.
5. Click “Activate Plugin” button to activate the plugin.
Note: If the installation does not succeed, please post your issue at our Support Forum.
How to set external url as a featured image?
Once the plugin is activated, you don't need to setup anything. It will automatically create an insert from url field inside the Featured Image box in post/pages editor.
To set a featured image from an external url, just enter the image's url on the Insert from URL field then save your work by either saving it as Draft or Publishing it.
How to remove featured image from external url?
To remove the featured image from external url, just delete the entire url in the Insert from URL field in the featured image box of your post/page editor, then save your work by either saving it as Draft or Publishing it.
If you think you found a bug in WP Featured Image From URL or have any problem/question concerning the plugin, please check out Support Forum.