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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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“I like this idea very much. It takes a lot of time (and money) to create a featured image for every post. This plugin helps take care of that problem…” – Tech Based Marketing
“…you’ll end up loving these auto-generated featured images so much you’ll never have to worry about adding your own again…” – WPExplorer.com
“…makes the task of always having a featured image appear a pretty nice event…this may be a great tool for you…” – WP Plugins A to Z
Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Plugin will not allow me to upload to WP tried 2 different sites saying:
Installing Plugin: Auto Featured Image from Title 1.3
Downloading install package
Unpacking the package…
Could not create directory.
Return to Plugin Installer
Hi, this is a common WordPress plugin installation error that’s usually solved in one of two ways:
1) Add the following code to your wp-config.php file
2) Or, it could be because you’ve run out of space on your host. Free up some space and try again. Because of the included images, the current version of the plugin requires 2.4 MB of free space.
Let me know if one of these solutions works for you. God bless.
hi, when the pro features gonna be available. I’ m waiting for the option to upload own background images (automated random use of background images would be great)
Uploading custom backgrounds and fonts is coming very soon, probably within the next day or two. Random images is on the planned feature list, but won’t be in the next version. Probably the version after that.
In your pro version, can I define multiple images per category so that the plugin will randomly pick the background and generate title?
If not, can you add this as a suggestion?
It doesn’t yet, but that’s the next feature I’m going to add.
does the Pro version has the ability to generate the all the images of a particular category in one go.
Presently , the pro version can generate featured images for all previous pages and posts. but i want to generate the same for a particular category .. can this be done with a small modification …. if yes .. i m willing to buy the pro version !
also , do i get future update and support in future ?
The current version cannot simply generate images for one particular category. I’m not sure how much the plugin would need to be modified in order for that to happen. Yes, future updates and limited support are included (limited in that I will accept bug reports and seek to assure the plugin works as advertised, but will not necessarily include every feature asked for if it’s outside the scope of my development plans). I will update this page to make that clear.
I have a problem with the naming of auto created images. Plugin creates files and called them “—.png” for different posts, so this posts have the look alike image.
http://rberega.info/archives/7151 and http://rberega.info/archives/7145
http://rberega.info/archives/7172 and http://rberega.info/archives/7139
I will release an update in the next few days which will solve this problem.
Thanks for your job!
It is really easy to use but there is a problem. If there has other characters which are not in Englist, the plugins can not make them into a picture. It means that the plugins only can make the title in english into a picture. I’m using the free one.
I know of some others who are successfully using this plugin in other languages. Could you show me the blog you’re using it on so that I can see the output of the images? Thanks.
I was going to purchase but the discount code is no longer valid
Sorry about that. Should work now.
Hi, We’re using Frontend Submissions from EDD to allow users to generate Download posts themselves but this doesn’t seem to auto generate the image on submission (although it does it fine when we do it from the admin panel). Do we need to add the post type of download to the code somewhere?
Hi, I’m not familiar with how that plugin works, but I bet it has more to do with WordPress hooks than post types, but I certainly could be wrong. I’ll contact you via email so we can troubleshoot this issue.
I used to do this when auto generating html pages from xml many moons ago. It’s pretty cool you’ve done it in a plugin 🙂
Quick question.. the Pro version lists the ability to upload your own fonts. Does it not take the font you are using in your theme into account? If not, could this be added as a feature request? For example, if I have h1’s styled to use a specific font, I could choose to use that font in the generated images? (Even if it’s a Google font, etc). Maybe just a simple choice such as “Style as h1/body tag”.
Another question I just thought of: Does the random Flickr image use *any* or can you tell it which user’s account to pull one from?
I’ll keep checking back to see when you add the live preview 🙂 Looks like an awesome plugin and I noticed you’re very responsive in the support section on the WordPress plugin page as well, which is excellent (and not done as often by plugin authors as many would like). Keep up the great work!
Thanks! That’s an interesting feature request concerning using the theme’s css. I’ll have to think about that one. I’ve thought about making the Flickr implementation more customizable, so it just may have more options in the future, such as coming from a particular account as you mentioned. The live preview may take awhile, though. It’s a pretty big endeavor, and other projects lately often demand my attention (including another WordPress plugin I’ve been working on that I’ll be releasing very soon). But I’m fairly confident I’ll get to it eventually. I really like coding for WordPress, and creating this plugin in particular has been very rewarding.
I have bought your plugin today. But in bulk mode, it doesnt do anything. What may be the problem?
Contact me and I’ll troubleshoot the issue.
we are about to purchase the pro version, but there is one problem, do we have the possibilty to show longer text on pictures than 50 characters. We need text with up to 150 letters. Please help us. Thank you, hope to hear from you.
Currently, the only way to do this is to modify the code slightly. I can send you the modification upon purchase. I will also incorporate this into the plugin as a setting in a future version.
Thank you for the fast reply. Ok should we just buy it and contact you after that, or how can we get the modification? It would be awesome if it is possible.
Yes, that would be fine. I’m traveling this morning, but I’ll be back at my desk this afternoon and will be able to send you the modification via email.
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I notice the plug in strips out other images in the feed… is this important for the plugin to work?
Is it possible for the plug in to not change a posting if it already has an image?
Regarding your first question, are you referring to how my plugin strips out html tags when writing text to an image? No, this isn’t important for the plugin to work, but generally users don’t want the html to be written to the image. As to your second question, if there’s already a featured image set for a post, my plugin should not create a new featured image for it.
Chris, this is an amazing plugin, I am using the free edition, although it is a very good one, but it does not actually serve my needs.
On a website, I have thousands of posts, I need to use a featured image for every one of them, they are automatically “recycled” to keep updating. The plugin works manually very well.
1- When an update happens automatically using “Old Posts Highlighter” plugin, it does not invoke “Auto Featured Image From Title”, therefore not featured image is created. Is there a way to solve it? If there is a change in the code, please let me know, I can make the change.
2- As I have thousands of posts, it won’t be practical to create featured images for them as one go, speaking about the pro edition, therefore, they must be split into batches for example to do a predefined number from settings like “100” or any other number.
Plus that, a category selection would even be a very good choice.
3- Can the text color, size, font be randomized to a predefined sets? Just like images.
Thanks a lot.
1. I haven’t used that plugin, so I’m not completely sure how it “updates” posts. If I were you, I’d try changing the hook that fires my plugin to either edit_post or save_post. If that doesn’t work, the only thing I can think to do would be to use the bulk process utility in the PRO version.
2. This is already (kind of) included in the PRO version. The bulk process utility processes posts that don’t have featured images in batches of 5, then does a page refresh in order process another batch of 5, and keeps doing this until all posts have been processed. You can also specify a delay in seconds between processing a batch of posts, which could help your server not timeout. This method has been tested up to tens of thousands of posts, and works. But I could also code an option to specify the number of batches to process at a time if this method isn’t sufficient.
3. No, but that is a good idea. I may have to consider that for a future version, or as an add-on.
I have some long article titles, these seem to be causing a problem:
Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 268435456 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 8388608 bytes) in […]wp-content/plugins/auto-featured-image-from-title-pro/write_text.php on line 81
If the text is too long it needs to drop words, or just use the posting date/time or have some other fall back.
I use the plug it to avoid having to think about featured images – so can’t use ‘custom field’ and have to do that for every article, I need a fall back that just works.
Hi, I tried to email you, but the emails are being returned to me as unsent. In short, edit write_text.php and find this code:
$auto_image_fontsize = $auto_image_fontsize + 3;
$auto_image_fontsize = $auto_image_fontsize - 3;
Change it to this:
$auto_image_fontsize = $auto_image_fontsize + 6;
$auto_image_fontsize = $auto_image_fontsize - 6;
Basically, if all the text doesn't fit on an image, my plugin attempts to resize the text down until it does fit. The problem comes in when you have such long text that the script times out before making the text small enough to all fit. This fix will cause the text to resize down twice as fast, and should therefore prevent it from timing out. If this doesn't work, try changing the 6's to 9's.
Also, what is the text size set to in the plugin's settings? If it's something really high, like 40 or higher, then you're likely losing a lot of memory just because it has to go through several iterations before even getting the text down to any kind of usable size. Before even making this code change, I'd change the setting to something less than 30.
ps. I also have a plug in (free) that adds featured images to the RSS feed for the site – it would be neat if your plug in did this too! One less plug in and potential conflict for me to worry about! 🙂
I’ve thought about doing this. It might make it’s way into a future version.
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This is a cool plugin I so much love it getting the pro soon
I had installed this plugin but I can’t able to generate the featured Image.
I am not able to see how to generate or from where to generate featured image?
Please Help Me ASAP.
The plugin should automatically create the featured image when you save a draft or publish a post. You can also use the tool in the plugin’s setting to bulk generate images for all of your previous posts. If these are not working, turn on error reporting in your wp_config.php file and let me know if you get any errors when you attempt to save a draft or publish a post.
hello, I am only interested in having this plugin find, set as featured, and use the image from the post content instead of generating one. will this plugin do so? Im referring to the description of the plugin that states: ‘or content of a new or updated post or page”. Does that mean it will use one of the images already in the post? I have a popular aggregate site \ rss feed site and am having trouble using the feed posts’ images in the excerpts.
Not at this time, although the next version of the plugin will (almost) do as you describe. The next version will allow you to use the first image in the post as the background image, but will still create a new image with the image dimensions set in the plugin’s settings.
Great plug in – I often change titles of posts, remove the featured image and then save to generate a new one – but recently noticed that ‘remove featured image’ doesn’t unlink the image – so in the old one is still marked as used in the media library, making tidying up difficult.
I’ve run into this, too. This is a WordPress issue, probably intentional so that users don’t accidentally delete images they didn’t want to. But you raise a good point. Perhaps I could add an option in a future version that deletes images when they are unset as featured images. Not sure it’s possible, but a good thought.
Any plans to add support for selecting Google fonts? That would be amazing!
Not at this time, sorry. I will look into it, though.
When I choose the excerpt for generated image, the text does not get wrapped. The whole text is on a single line.
I don’t see the same problem when I choose Title.
This is not by design is it? How can I get rid of this behaviour?
What is the font size set to in the plugin’s settings? This type of image is often the result of having the size set too high. The plugin will automatically reduce the size until all the text fits. Since excerpts are longer than titles usually, that would explain why this is happening. Reduce the font size in the settings to something like 20 or 30, and you should be fine.
Hi! Chris! I’ve just installed Auto Featured Image From Title. Everything seems to be working except that it’s missing width and height attributes, how do I add this?
Hi, glad to hear the plugin is working for you. I’m not sure I completely understand the problem. Are you saying the width and height attributes are missing from my plugin’s settings, or that when the featured image is displayed, the width and height attributes aren’t set via html and/or css? If it’s the latter, this is dependent on your theme.
is there a way to set random featured images for different categories?
No, but I’ve been wanting to release such a feature as an add-on. That being said, I haven’t started on it yet.
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