Be First to Download Our NEW WordPress Featured Images In RSS Plugin

August 19, 2013
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In our world of evolving technology we are always looking for ways to make the next exciting step. So, I am very excited to announce our new WordPress Featured Images In RSS plugin. After realizing that featured images from posts are not included in the site’s RSS feeds,  I wrote code for many clients to do just that. Ultimately, that same code became one of the most popular posts on our blog, so I decided to  develop that code into a WordPress plugin. Writing this type of code was a totally new experience, but after reviewing other plugins and their structure, it took me just a few days to have it written, debugged, tested, and live on a few sites (Including this one)!

The plugin is now in the WordPress plugin repository:

Once installed, and then activated, there are two options that can be viewed and changed under settings

  •  The first option is to select which size of the featured image you’d like to be included in the RSS feed: thumbnail (default), medium, large, or full size. These sizes are references to actual media pixel dimensions that are set and can be customized under your Media Options.
  • The second option is the position of the image, either on the left above the text (default), centered above the text, or left with the text wrap to the right of the image. For RSS-to-email campaigns in Mailchimp or other email marketing providers, I recommend the default settings.

To raise awareness to the pixel size settings available, the Options page links to the Media Options page where you can make those changes. Be sure to regenerate thumbnails for this to resize previously uploaded images, and it links to the regenerate thumbnails plugin as well. Also, the Options page conveniently links to Feedburner’s ping page to refresh the feed, if that service is being used.

I’d love to have you try the WordPress Featured Images in RSS plugin on your site, and leave a comment with your thoughts.

Download WordPress Featured Images In RSS plugin (zip)

(Now in the repository)


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  • Reply goozleology August 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Hello, I download the plugin but when I reping my feed, no images show. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Reply DowntownRob October 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Always check the raw feed first, and see if the images show up there. Contact me using the link in the plugin and we can troubleshoot further.

  • Reply Brandon Chase October 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Rob – I am unfortunately still having no image appear on my Feedburner e mail. I have set up the settings in WP, and pinged Feedburner twice, but still the same result – e mail with title link and a preview of text, but no image. I know it’s my issue, I’ve got something wrong, but I’m not technical enough to know what. Any help would bless me. Thank you. www(dot)brandonchase(dot)net.

    • Reply DowntownRob October 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Hi Brandon, I checked the raw feed, and don’t see the images in the RSS code. Contact me using the link in the plugin, and I’m sure we can work out what’s going on.

  • Reply Junior November 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Hi, I am having the same problem as goozleology and Brandon Chase . I’ve checked the raw feed and there is no image there. I’ve sent an email through plugin contact link.

    • Reply DowntownRob November 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Junior, I am not sure I saw your email, can you resend it through the plugin contact link?

  • Reply Juno Kim December 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Rob, I followed your example but unfortunately the image didn’t show up. First I added the ‘hack’ coding but it didn’t work. I installed this plugin but didn’t work either. Do you have any idea why?

  • Reply lordashbury December 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

    This app was PERFECT, thanks!

  • Reply Amanda Lucas May 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Just downloaded and am still not seeing any images when I go into feedburner and check my feed

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