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We all know the power of pictures, and how the featured image at the top of an article can boost search engine rankings, and make your website stand out from the crowd. But finding a good photo for every article can be time consuming and expensive. That’s the reason I developed this WordPress plugin. It creates a custom featured image for every article on your website. And the best part is that it’s automatic. Install this plugin, and it will do the work for you.
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Auto Featured Image From Title is a WordPress plugin which automatically generates an image for each post from the post title and sets it as the featured image. The image will then be included in your theme wherever the featured image for the post is called for.
It’s good to have an image in every post and page that you create. It helps for things like search engine optimization, social sharing, and just the attractiveness of your website or blog. But sometimes it can take longer to find a good image for a particular blog post than to write the post itself. And often, quality images are expensive.
This WordPress featured image plugin simplifies the process of publishing content and saves you money. It will automatically create a customized image for each post or page that you write. You can select a background image to match the look and feel of your blog, and the plugin will automatically write the title (or other text of your choosing) of a new or updated post or page on top of this background image to create a unique featured image for each post.
New in Version 3.4!
The newest version of the plugin (3.4, updated 6/15/20) added a new text highlight option! It also added the ability to set the alpha transparency of the text, shadow, and highlight colors!
View the full Changelog for all of the new features!
|Specify width and height|
|Select a background image|
|Select a font|
|Choose colors for the text, shadow, and background|
|Set the first image in a post as the featured image|
|Turn writing text to images off|
|Bulk generate featured images|
|Option to save as either JPG or PNG|
|Adjust quality of generated images|
|Upload your own background images|
|Upload your own fonts|
|Use a random background image|
|Use a random font|
|Position the text on the image|
|Transform the text to be written|
|Add text border|
|Option to set background image based on post category|
|Use Flickr photos|
|Use Unsplash photos|
|Use Pixabay photos|
|Works with Custom Post Types|
|All Add-Ons FREE|
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Explanation of Features
Specify width and height
You have the option in the plugin’s settings to specify the width and the height of your theme’s featured images so that Auto Featured Image from Title will generate images the same size. Many themes will display the image the correct size regardless of this setting, but it’s always good practice to have images sized correctly to prevent stretching and wasting bandwidth. Included in all versions.
Select a background image
Our featured image plugin comes pre-installed with several beautiful images that you can choose from, and the one that you choose will be used as the background for the featured images that it creates. You can also optionally choose a blank background, opting to use a solid color as the background for the featured image instead. The PRO (and PREMIUM package) version also has the option to choose a background image randomly. Included in all versions.
Select a font
Also pre-installed with the plugin are three high quality fonts which you can select from. The font that you select will be used to write the text you choose to the image (whether the title, except, content, or text from a post’s custom field). Included in all versions.
Choose colors for the text, shadow, and background
You’ll have the option to select colors for the text and text shadow that compliment the colors of the background image you select. If you opt not to use a background image, you can also select a color for the plugin to use for the background of the featured image. Included in all versions.
Set the first image in a post as the featured image
You have the option to simply set the first image in a post as the featured image, which will be resized to fit the featured image dimensions specified in the plugin’s settings. Using this option works for both local and external images, but a new copy of the image will be created locally with the correct dimensions. Included in all versions.
Bulk generate featured images
On the plugin’s settings page is a utility to bulk generate featured images for all previous posts and pages that don’t have featured images set in WordPress yet. With this utility, featured images are created in batches of five images at a time, at which time the page will refresh to create another five images, and so on until all of the featured images have been generated for all of the posts. Depending on how many posts you have in WordPress and how many posts need featured images, this can be resource intensive, which may cause your host to time-out. Therefore, there is also an option to set a delay (in seconds) between batches, which will allow the server to catch up and prevent time-outs, and all of your featured images will be generated worry-free. Included in paid versions.
Adjust quality of generated images
Adjusting the quality allows you to determine the balance between the file size and attractiveness of the generated images. While a setting of 100% results in the highest quality images, lowering the quality even a little can drastically reduce the size of the images, taking up less space on your host or server (and also loading faster for website visitors). Setting it somewhere between 50% and 80% should give you acceptable image quality. Included in paid versions.
Ability to upload your own fonts
If you especially like a certain font, or you use a particular font for all of the headings on your blog or website, you have the option of uploading it so that the plugin will use it to write the text to the featured images. Included in paid versions.
Ability to upload your own background images
You have the option to upload your own images to be used as the background images for the generated featured images. Upload images that match your website’s theme. Upload images of your cat. Upload images that you just think look nice. No matter what images you upload, this feature alone gives you great ability to customize the output of the featured images. Included in paid versions.
Use a random background image
There is an option that you can select that will instruct the plugin to use a random image from all of the installed background images, or just from all of the images of a certain category. This can give your website a bit more diversity than simply using the same background image for every featured image. Included in paid versions.
Use a random font
There is an option that you can select that will instruct the plugin to use a random font from all of the installed fonts. This also can give your website a bit more variety than using the same font in every featured image. Included in paid versions.
Turn writing text to images off
You have the option to turn off the whole feature that writes text to the featured images, so that the generated featured image will simply be the image that you select via the settings. Included in all versions.
Position the text on the image
There are a range of settings that allow you to position the text onto the generated featured images. You can position it vertically (top/middle/bottom) and horizontally (left/center/right). You can also set padding from the edge of the image (in pixels) so that the text has room to breathe. Included in paid versions.
Add text border
You have the option of adding a one pixel border around the text that you write to the image, and you can select the color for the border as well. Included in paid versions.
Use Flickr and Unsplash photos
Rather than uploading your own images to be used as backgrounds for featured images, you might decide to have the plugin select a random Flickr or Unsplash image to be used as the background. An image would then be selected randomly out of the first 100 results using the post’s title as the search query for the service of your choice. This feature is experimental; it works, but may not quite give you quite the results you’d expect. Shorter post titles work better, because the search query would therefore be more specific. For example, a post title such as “I like turtles” will likely return an image of a turtle. But a post title such as “You, my love, are the apple of my eye” may give you an image of a heart (love), an apple, an eye, or just some strange artistic interpretations of that theme. Nevertheless, this can be a fun and useful feature. Included in paid versions.
All Add-Ons FREE
Add-Ons are a great way to add extra features and settings to the paid versions of the core plugin. There are currently three paid add-ons: More Text, SEO, and Random Colors, and one free add-on: Arabic Fonts. Paid Add-Ons are priced at $9 each. But all add-ons are included in the PREMIUM package for FREE!
Use Auto Featured Image from Title in as many WordPress installations as you have! Included in the PREMIUM package.
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