Featured Image from URL (FIFU)


WordPress plugin for external featured image

Since 2015 FIFU has helped thousands of websites worldwide to save money on storage, processing and copyright.

If you are tired of wasting time and resources with thumbnail regeneration, image optimization and never-ending imports, this plugin is for you.


Use an external image as featured image of your post, page or custom post type.

  • External featured image
  • Unsplash image search
  • Default featured image
  • Hide featured media
  • Featured image in content
  • Elementor widget
  • Auto set image title
  • Save image dimensions
  • Featured image column
  • [Premium] Giphy image search
  • [Premium] Unsplash image size
  • [Premium] Same height
  • [Premium] Hover effects
  • [Premium] Replace not found image
  • [Premium] Image validation


  • Auto set featured image/video using img/iframe tag from post content
  • [Premium] Auto set featured image using post title and search engine
  • [Premium] Auto set featured image using ISBN and books API


  • CDN + optimized thumbnails
  • Lazy load
  • [Premium] Flickr thumbnails


  • Social tags
  • [Premium] Media RSS tags


  • WP-CLI integration
  • [Premium] WP All Import add-on
  • [Premium] WooCommerce import
  • [Premium] WP REST API
  • [Premium] WooCommerce REST API
  • [Premium] Schedule metadata generation


  • External product image
  • Lightbox and zoom
  • Category image on grid
  • [Premium] External image gallery
  • [Premium] External video gallery
  • [Premium] Auto set category images
  • [Premium] Variable product
  • [Premium] Variation image
  • [Premium] Variation image gallery


Supports videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Imgur, 9GAG, Cloudinary, Tumblr and Publitio.

  • [Premium] Featured video
  • [Premium] Video thumbnail
  • [Premium] Play button
  • [Premium] Minimum width
  • [Premium] Black background
  • [Premium] Mouseover autoplay
  • [Premium] Autoplay
  • [Premium] Loop
  • [Premium] Mute
  • [Premium] Background video
  • [Premium] Related videos
  • [Premium] Gallery icon


  • [Premium] Featured slider
  • [Premium] Featured shortcode


  • fifu_dev_set_image(post_id, image_url)
  • [Premium] fifu_dev_set_image_list(post_id, image_url_list)



  • Just insert the image address or some keywords and click on preview button

  • If the image URL is correct, the image will be shown

  • Featured video

  • Featured slider

  • Featured image column

  • External featured media on home

  • External featured image on post

  • Featured video on post

  • Featured slider on post

  • Many settings

  • External image gallery

  • External video gallery

  • External featured media on WooCommerce shop

  • External featured media on cart

  • External image gallery

  • External featured image on lightbox

  • Zoom

  • Video gallery

  • Featured video on lightbox

  • Fullscreen



  1. Visit the plugins page within your dashboard and select ‘Add New’;
  2. Search for ‘Featured Image from URL’;
  3. Activate FIFU from your Plugins page;


  1. Upload the ‘featured-image-from-url’ folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory;
  2. 在 WordPress 管理後台的 [外掛] 選單中啟用外掛。


Where is the external featured image box?

  • Next to the regular featured image box, in the post editor.

Why isn’t preview button working?

  • Your image URL is invalid. Take a look at FIFU Settings > Getting started.

Does FIFU save the images in the media library?

  • Never.

Is any action necessary before removing FIFU?

  • Access settings and clean the metadata.

What’s the metadata created by FIFU?

  • Database registers that help WordPress components to work with the external images. FIFU can generate the metadata of ~30,000 image URLs per minute.

What are the disadvantages of the external images?

  • No image optimization or thumbnails. You can fix that with Jetpack plugin (performance settings).

What are the advantages of the external images?

  • You save money on storage, processing and copyright. And you can have extremely fast import processes.


2021 年 1 月 11 日
I purchased a premium key for Fifu, after few month my plugin revert back to empty thumbnail and my key I use to purchased is no longer working.. it say: Featured Image from URL Premium: license key is invalid, expired or has been activated on more than 1 site. I only have one website for this plugin, currently my shop showing black/empty photo .. I try to reactivate again and it bring me back to plugin list Where can I find and Manage my Key that I purchased? and how to reactivate this thing? I went to Fifu.app website and theres is no user account for premium buyer. I did send a support message, but it hard to know went I can receive the feedback and seen my status support update TQ
2020 年 12 月 15 日
This was a nice plugin then now has a lot of issues doesn't even do the basic that supposes to do
2020 年 12 月 7 日
I purchased a premium license in SEP 2020 and after a while I check my website and all thumbnail suddenly missing! I check the setting and see the activation suddenly going back to empty .. at first I thought I do not purchased a license and I proceed to purchased another license in DECEMBER 2020 which make me own TWO license for a single Website by mistake. I activate the second license in my website and it still fail! I realize at the moment I actually purchase a license before in SEP 2020. now I lost money for TWO license 39.9$ + 39.9$, my website do not have FREE version only PREMIUM, and only activate in ONE Website, I also did reinstall it but it still do not activate the license... all my thumbnail is empty 🙁 I write an email support and do not get any respond yet, this license activation is really drive me crazy, please help! please return my money from second purchased
2020 年 12 月 6 日
As the title states, don't we plug-in that does what it's supposed to do. Make life easier. I have a little request: Images with external URL to be downloaded locally and replaced with the locally hosted images. Both in future image as well as internally in that post. My site grabs images from Instagram, but since Facebook is fucking around with the API every day this is becoming passable I'm constantly going back and updating the image links. Would be fantastic if those images could be automatically downloaded locally and automatically replaced both inside the post as well as feature image. But otherwise for everyone looking for a plug-in that helps you out with future images by setting them automatically for you, just stop looking and download this one! Been using it for over a year... And it has saved my site on numerous occasions. Keep up the good work
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  • Improvement: WP-CLI integration is complete (90 commands).


  • Improvement: 13 new WP-CLI commands added; fix: missing images after WordPress core updates (affects images with long URLs); bug fix: images not being displayed for Anywhere Elementor plugin (and maybe other components).


  • Notice: for users with Instagram images; improvement: 20 new WP-CLI commands added; fix: Unsplash random image.