Featured Image from URL (FIFU)


WordPress plugin for external featured images, videos, audios and more

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

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

Featured image

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

  • External featured image
  • Optimized images
  • Image search (Unsplash)
  • Default featured image
  • Hide featured media
  • Modify post content
  • Auto set image title
  • Column for featured image
  • [PRO] Image search (search engine)
  • [PRO] Disable right-click
  • [PRO] Save in the media library
  • [PRO] Replace not found image
  • [PRO] Custom popup
  • [PRO] bbPress and BuddyBoss Platform integration
  • [PRO] Page redirection
  • [PRO] Cloak links
  • [PRO] Same height

Automatic featured media

  • Auto set featured media from post content
  • [PRO] Auto set featured image using post title and a search engine
  • [PRO] Auto set featured media using web page address
  • [PRO] Auto set featured image from custom field
  • [PRO] Auto set featured image using ISBN
  • [PRO] Auto set screenshot as featured image
  • [PRO] Auto set featured image from Unsplash using tags


  • WP-CLI integration
  • [PRO] Add-on for WP All Import
  • [PRO] WooCommerce import
  • [PRO] WooCommerce REST API
  • [PRO] Schedule metadata generation


  • External product image
  • Lightbox and zoom
  • [PRO] Gallery for external images
  • [PRO] Gallery for external videos
  • [PRO] Category images auto set
  • [PRO] Variable product
  • [PRO] Variation image
  • [PRO] Gallery for variation image
  • [PRO] Save in the media library
  • [PRO] FIFU product gallery
  • [PRO] Quick Buy
  • [PRO] Add image to order email

Featured video

Supports URLs from YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, 9GAG, Cloudinary, Tumblr, Publitio, JW Player, VideoPress, Sprout, Odysee, Rumble, Dailymotion, Cloudflare Stream, Bunny Stream, Amazon, BitChute, Brighteon, Google Drive, Spotify and SoundCloud. External and local video files are supported as well.

  • [PRO] Featured video
  • [PRO] Watch later
  • [PRO] Video thumbnail
  • [PRO] Play button
  • [PRO] Minimum width
  • [PRO] Video controls
  • [PRO] Autoplay on mouseover
  • [PRO] Autoplay
  • [PRO] Playback loop
  • [PRO] Mute
  • [PRO] Privacy enhanced mode
  • [PRO] Background video

Widgets for Elementor

  • Featured image
  • [PRO] Featured video

Widgets for WordPress

  • [PRO] Featured media
  • [PRO] Featured grid
  • [PRO] Product gallery

Fields for Gravity-Forms

  • Featured image
  • [PRO] Featured video
  • [PRO] Featured slider

Fields for Dokan

  • Featured image
  • [PRO] Product gallery


  • [PRO] Quick edit
  • [PRO] Featured audio
  • [PRO] Featured slider
  • [PRO] Shortcode
  • [PRO] Taxonomy image

Functions for developers

  • fifu_dev_set_image($post_id, $image_url)
  • [PRO] fifu_dev_set_video($post_id, $video_url)
  • [PRO] fifu_dev_set_slider($post_id, $url_list, $alt_list)
  • [PRO] fifu_dev_set_image_list($post_id, $image_url_list)
  • [PRO] fifu_dev_set_video_list($post_id, $video_url_list)
  • [PRO] fifu_dev_set_category_image($term_id, $image_url)
  • [PRO] fifu_dev_set_category_video($term_id, $video_url)

FIFU Cloud

  • Cloud storage (never lose an image again)
  • Global CDN (images loaded much faster)
  • Optimized thumbnails (processed in the cloud)
  • Usage-based billing (per stored image)
  • Smart cropping (detects people and objects before cropping)
  • Hotlink protection (sites can’t embed your images)



  • Featured image

  • Image search

  • Featured video

  • Image gallery for WooCommerce products

  • Image gallery for WooCommerce product variations

  • Quick edit

  • Widgets for Elementor

  • Settings Featured image

  • Settings Featured video

  • Settings Featured slider

  • Settings Featured audio

  • Settings Shortcode

  • Settings Automatic

  • Settings Social

  • Settings Performance

  • Settings WooCommerce

  • Settings WP All Import


Install FIFU from within WordPress

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

Install FIFU manually

  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;


Why isn’t preview button working?

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

Does FIFU save the images in the media library?

  • No. Only the PRO version is capable of doing this, but it is optional. The plugin was designed to work with external images.

Why the featured image is being displayed twice?

  • You enabled “Modify Post Content add featured media” option unnecessarily.

Why the featured image is not being displayed?

  • Please check if “Hide Featured Media” option is unduly enabled.

Why are there no changes after updating the settings?

  • Try to clear your cache.

Is any action necessary before removing FIFU?

  • Access settings and clear the metadata.

What’s the metadata created by FIFU?

  • Database registers that help WordPress components to work with external images. This plugin can generate the metadata of ~50,000 image URLs per minute.

What are the disadvantages of external images?

  • No image optimization or thumbnails by default. You can fix that with ‘Optimized Images’ feature.

What are the advantages of external images?

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

Is it legal to embed images without permission?

  • Yes, it is. Click here to know more.

Do external images affect SEO?

  • No, external images don’t affect SEO. Click here to know more.


জুন 18, 2024 3 replies
no function works as expected, it has all the bad behaviour of worst wordpress plugins, from user experience to user interface is worst in the world, from point of view of a developer its a disaster
জুন 12, 2024
I switched to the premium version of this plugin for the YouTube functionality, and it does exactly what I need it to. The company has also had amazing support with almost immediate response times when I have a need. Highly recommend.
মে 24, 2024
I had a small issue that turned out to be a problem with another plugin. Marcel provided outstanding support and pointed me in the right direction.
মে 11, 2024
Using the Premium version. No problem with getting it to work, easy to use. A minor issue with the FIFU alt tags not working correctly, but the response from Marcel was first rate and the issue was quickly resolved.
ফেব্রুয়ারি 27, 2024
Using the premium version on my book logging/review site to grab book cover images from amazon page URLs I was already inputting to create an affiliate purchase link. It was a bit bumpy at first, but the plugin author was extremely attentive and helped me over the course of several days to get things working exactly as I’d hoped! highly recommend if you need an easy and quick way to grab an image from an external URL.
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  • New free feature: Media RSS Tags (added automatically); Enhancement: menu settings reorganized; Enhancement: Hide Featured Media (post type filter added); Enhancement: WooCommerce import (can receive iframe URLs now); Fix: Clear Metadata (getting stuck); Fix: Hide Featured Media (unduly hiding duplicated image in the post content); Deprecated: Lazy Load (replaced with native WordPress lazy load); Deprecated: Auto Set Image Title (automatic when the alternative text is empty); Deprecated: bbPress and BuddyBoss Platform Display featured image (automatic when an image URL is added); Deprecated: WooCommerce import Priority (based on the columns order now).


  • New feature: Modify Post Content; Enhancement: Auto Set Featured Media from Post Content (easier to use); Fix: Image Metadata and Clear Metadata (incomplete process when group_concat_max_len is too short, counter displaying negative value); Fix: image alt (empty value unduly saved in the database); Fix: security issue reported by Patchstack team; Fix: conflict with Redis Object Cache plugin (causing multiple fails); Deprecated: Featured Image in Content (replaced with Modify Post Content); Deprecated: Variable Product option (fields displayed by default now); Deprecated: Auto Set Image Title Copy the post title to the alt/title field (can be done dynamically, without database changes); Deprecated: Meta Tags Only image tags (default now).


  • Fix: fatal error on activation due to column resize; Fix: security issue reported by Patchstack team; Fix: Auto set featured media from post content (failing for URLs with Korean characters); Deprecated: Auto set featured media from post content Scheduling.