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Scan posts for featured images (FLUX theme) doesn't work

Qing Zhao Jul 26, 2012 02:50AM EDT

Hi, after i got this theme, I plan to transfer all of my blog posts on ProPhoto to this new site. But when I imported all of the posts into it, none of these posts have been set featured images, so the homepage blog posts show no images in the box. I have chose "yes" in the dashboard setting for scan posts for featured images, but still didn't work. Is there any other way that I could let these posts generate feature image by themselves instead of my manually uploading a new featured image to assign for each post as there are too many posts needed to be handled then? Thanks.

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RAWfolio Support Jul 26, 2012 11:03AM EDT RAWfolio Agent

Hello,

The ‘Scan Posts’ feature will only work if the images are ‘attached’ to the post itself, meaning that when you uploaded the images to your site, they were uploaded in the post/page that they are displaying on. WordPress actually attaches/creates a link between the image and the post/page when you upload it to the post, and that is what is scanned when that feature is turned on. If they were uploaded just to the media library, WordPress does not link the images to any post, they are basically thrown into a big general bucket and there is no way to associate a certain image with a certain post, even if it has been inserted into the post editor. The only other way to find the images, is to search each post’s content for images that have been inserted, we chose not to include this method because it has a couple major downfalls: 1. It is slow, it has to read through each line of every post looking for image tags which, depending on the number of posts and number of images and content, can significantly slow down your site and introduce long page load times. 2. When it finds an image, it is only finding the URL to the image, it then has to resize/crop the image, but if that image is located on another site it can cause an error, also many web hosts restrict certain scripts from working with URLs when it comes to manipulating files because it can cause a security breach, this can also cause an error.

In the Media Library, WordPress has functionality to bulk attach images to posts that have not been uploaded or attached to a post already. If you click the ‘Unattached’ link up towards the top of the page (Below the Add New button and Media Library title), you can then put a check next to the images you’d like to bulk attach and then select ‘Attach to a Post’ from the drop down up top. This will at least link the images to the posts. There is also a plugin titled Bulk Select Featured Image (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bulk-select-featured-image/) that makes it easy to assign a featured image to multiple posts just by clicking a link in your Media Library, though just like our ‘Scan’ functionality, the images have to be attached to the post..

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