Featured Image from URL


WordPress plugin for external Featured Image

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


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

  • External Featured Image
  • Unsplash Image Search
  • Lazy Load
  • Default Featured Image
  • Hide Featured Media
  • Featured Image in Content
  • CSS Style
  • Original Size
  • Add Class
  • 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
  • [Premium] Flickr Thumbnails


  • Auto Set Image Title
  • Social Tags
  • [Premium] Media RSS Tags


  • WP All Import Add-On
  • WooCommerce Import
  • URL from Post Content
  • [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


  • fifu_dev_set_image($post_id, $image_url)


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


  • English (United States)
  • German
  • Portuguese (Brazil)



  • 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. Activate the FIFU plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress;


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 run Clean Metadata.

What’s the metadata created by FIFU?

  • Database registers that help WordPress components to work with the external images.

What are the disadvantages of the external images?

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

What are the advantages of the external images?

  • You save money on storage, processing and copyright.


Jun 8, 2020
Very good widget. There is a problem though. It is very late and reduces performance in Gtmetrix. (Leverage browser caching)
Jun 3, 2020
This is a wonderful solution to get what was my evergrowing media library back under control. Works perfectly. I had a question and tech support quickly resolved my question in a matter of hours. Five Stars!
Mee 13, 2020
I use this plugin (Premium version) from long time now and it saved me lots of hours, effort and money (hosting, storage, bandwidth and more). Don't think twice and Go Premium - it is a great plugin and the support service is of the highest quality, extremely responsive and helpful. Thank you so much!
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Contributors & Developers

“Featured Image from URL” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Featured Image from URL” has been translated into 5 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Improvement: development function created to make the integration with FIFU easier; bug fix: image title was not being shown; bug fix: conflict between lazy load and background-images.


  • Improvement: readme changes to comply with the WordPress.org plugin guidelines.


  • New language: German; Improvement: short readme to make translations easier.