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Plugin to set video thumbnails as featured images

The guys over at Webdevstudios published quite a neat new WordPress plugin. So, if you rely heavily on Youtube or Vimeo Videos in your blogposts, until now it was quite some work to extract the thumbnail out of the video in order to set it as a featured image.

The Plugin “Automatic Featured Images from Videos” starts exactly at this point. After you save your blogpost the plugin starts to search your blogpost for video links. It does not search all your blogpost, but just the beginning, since the plugin assumes important videos are in the beginning of a blogpost. So, the plugin just grabs the first 1000 characters of your blogpost.

Quick tipp: If you want all your blogpost to get searched, remove line 35, where it says

$content = substr( $content, 0, 800 );

Once a video is found, the plugin starts to extract the video thumbnail URL and places this as a featured image.

If you already have placed a featured image, the plugin stops of course and doesn’t overwrite the image, you have chosen. The plugin is online since the 16.07.2014 and got already nice responses.

So, if you are running a WordPress blog, which heavily relies on featured images out of Youtube or Vimeo videos, you should check out “Automatic Featured Images from Videos” since it can save you tons of time. The small plugins make the difference.

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Seine erste Webseite hat David Remer 1998 in HTML verfasst. Wenig später war er fasziniert von DHTML und JavaScript. Nach jahrelanger Freelancerei arbeitete er zunächst für Inpsyde und ist heute Entwickler bei Automattic. Außerdem hat er das Buch "WordPress für Entwickler" verfasst.

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