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How to link a featured image to an external Url

By David Dugger, 8 years ago. Last reply by Javier Aristín, 6 years ago.

I have been looking across the web for the last three days for a solution to this. I am estimating I have spent about 13 hours of the last three days trying to figure this out. I give up; I need help.

Okay, what I am trying to do is provide attribution to a featured link. Nearly every image I want to use is copyrighted on the web. Some owners of those images allow free use of the copyrighted image AS LONG AS YOU LINK BACK TO THEIR WEBSITE.

Because I would prefer not to get sued by not following the simple rule of linking to their image url on their Flickr account, for example, I am desperately trying to find a way to link to them.

I have tried no less than 8 different plugins, 3-4 of them have raving reviews that say something like, “Wow, this was so simple even I (a coding-handicap person) could use it.”

Because none of those work, I am thinking there is something in my site origin theme that is causing the problem.

I know how to set a link for a regular image within my post, but the featured image does not set the caption, description, or anything else. The featured image doesn’t even link to the image file on my server.

How do I get that feature image to be “clickable” so someone can click it and go to the photographer’s website and how do I set a caption providing attribution to that photographer.

Those are the two things every blog owner needs in order to prevent getting sued for using copyrighted work without providing attribution.

Thanks for any and all guidance on this issue!

P.S. the link I have provided shows that the feature image is not “clickable” whereas the image further down the page is “clickable.” I need to be able to provide the caption as well. When you click the image down the page (the image of the produce) it sends you to that person’s flickr account. I need that to happen with the featured image too. Every website owner that is using free, but copyrighted, images needs that feature.

URL: http://iamadecision.com/the-i-dont-have-enough-time-to-workout-myth/

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  1. 8 years, 1 month ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

    Hi David

    Thanks for reaching out.

    This is the standard behaviour you can expect from Vantage featured images added to posts:

    Blog/Archive Page: http://demo.siteorigin.com/vantage/blog/
    The featured image is linked to the single post page.

    Single Post Page: http://demo.siteorigin.com/vantage/2013/09/27/absorbed/
    The featured image isn’t linked at all.

    Changing this behaviour would require some coding within a child theme. The same unfortunately applies to adding a caption to featured images.

    What you could do here is the following:

    1. Don’t use featured images.
    2. Insert your image with a caption in the post body.
    3. Use the more tag to split your content below the image and intro text: http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/.

    That’ll have your image displaying under the title vs above it on both the archive and single post pages, with a caption that’s linked.

  2. 8 years, 1 month ago David Dugger

    That is too bad that there is not a way to do this without learning to code. If I remove the featured images and just post the image at the top, then “Post Loop” function on the home page is rendered useless as it needs a set featured image in order to display properly.

    Thus, by following that advice, I would have to reconstruct the home page because I currently use “Post Loop.” Therefore, much like a doctor prescribing pills to counteract symptoms, we wouldn’t be solving the problem, just a symptom that is stemming from a deeper issue.

    It looks like I just need to learn code so I can learn to develop a website without the limitations. It stinks because the only reason I purchased the premium version was because of the claims of full customizability. It is a nice theme, and for $15 I learned a lesson. So, it could be worse, I suppose.

    I don’t know code at all, but I still struggle to understand why those plugins that link to an external URL work for other themes, but not Site Origin; specifically, Vantage Premium.

    Oh well, you confirmed my fear that I would have to spend time, and money, to learn code in order to prevent anyone from suing me for copyright infringement.

    Thanks for the response. Much appreciated.

  3. 8 years, 1 month ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

    Thanks for your feedback here David. I can understand your frustration for sure. From a theme author point of view we try really hard to make the theme fit most needs, it’s super tough to fulfil all needs though. We also help out with loads of small customisations here in support, what you’re asking for is unfortunately a little beyond the type of customisations we can help with, I cover how you might proceed with custom development at the end of this message.

    What we can do is leave your features images added but hide them on blog/archive and single post pages. That way you can roll out my suggested fix and still have featured images running in your Post Loop widget. To do that you’d paste the following under Appearance > Custom CSS:

    /* Post Thumbnails */
    .archive .entry-thumbnail, 
    .blog .entry-thumbnail, 
    .single .entry-thumbnail { 
    display: none; }

    From a custom development point of view you’d need to do something the following:

    1. Create a child theme.
    2. Use Advanced Custom Fields plugin and replace the regular featured images link with a custom field link.
    3. Add caption support for the featured image and style that as required.

    It’s unfortunately not a small job. We’d recommend the services of http://codeable.io if you wanted to investigate that route.

  4. 7 years, 8 months ago Eric Seiler

    hey guys ! i found this simple solution that got rid of this problem and allowed me to upload via URL

    • 7 years, 8 months ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

      Hi Eric

      Glad to hear you made progress and were able to work through the challenge.

      All the best with your site.

  5. 7 years, 8 months ago Eric Seiler

    sorry here is the link https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/ericseiler/blog/upload-featued-image-via-url

  6. 7 years, 3 months ago marceljm.com

    Featured Image From URL is a WordPress plugin that allows you to use an external image as Featured Image of your post or page.


  7. 6 years, 3 months ago Javier Aristín


    I’ve been using that plugin (Nelio Featured…) and it works reasonably good BUT when grid list of posts is shown unproperly in Vantage Theme.
    Please take a look at this example (in my blog): http://bit.ly/2exNOXM

    Could it be possible to get external featured image funcionality in Vantage Theme?

    Thank you

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