Facebook Thumbnails

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    Casey Bennett
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    I see this theme is formatted for featured images. However, when I use a featured image, the thumbnail for my facebook postings does not show the featured image. Regardless of what post I try to share on Facebook it defaults back to the my logo image. Is this programmed into the theme? I would like it to use the featured image instead of my logo.

    #3421
    Ron
    Keymaster

    From what I understand, Facebook searches a shared post for images and if the only image visible is your logo then that would be chosen by default. For Facebook to consider an image for the “shared thumbnail”, the image has to be visible on the post.

    As an example I tried to share this post: https://ronangelo.com/add-a-featured-image-on-a-wordpress-post/ Facebook recognizes 4 images that I can choose to use for the thumbnail.

    Usage of Featured Image differs from one theme to another. Frontier only uses Featured Images for Thumbnails(when excerpt view is selected) and for the Images on the Slider.

    If you want you can make your Featured Images show automatically on each single post if you have PHP Widget installed. You can add that widget on either “Post – header” or “Post – Before Content” widget area.

    <?php the_post_thumbnail('large'); ?>
    
    #3422
    Casey Bennett
    Guest

    I added PHP Widget as you mentioned, it is in fact adding the featured image to the post. However, the only image still given to me as an option on facebook is the logo image. It says 1 of 1 thumbnail images. I have no option to choose a thumbnail.

    I was on the support forums in wordpress.org and it was suggested it could possibly be related to the theme, which is why I was inquiring here. 🙁

    #3423
    Ron
    Keymaster

    It says 1 of 1 thumbnail images. I have no option to choose a thumbnail.

    I was on the support forums in wordpress.org and it was suggested it could possibly be related to the theme, which is why I was inquiring here.

    Have you tried sharing my sample post?
    https://ronangelo.com/add-a-featured-image-on-a-wordpress-post/
    When I try to share the url above it gives me a 1 out of 4 image option so it can’t be the theme. It might be the plugin you’re using.

    #3424
    Casey Bennett
    Guest

    When I share your page, it gives me 3 thumbnail options. Here is an example of what I mean. Share it on Facebook and you’ll see it’s the logo of my site showing up as the thumbnail, and it’s simply the logo, not the logo background or anything of that nature.

    http://www.thecoilist.com/?p=18

    I see your wordpress link above has text as the URL instead of ?p=## could that be the issue?

    #3425
    Casey Bennett
    Guest

    You know what!! It was exactly that. The URL was obviously the factor. I changed the permalink to use post title instead of the ID# and it now works.

    However, to tidy up my post pages… In the coding you posted for php widget insertion:

    <?php the_post_thumbnail('large'); ?>
    

    Are there any other size options? Large seems to be too big to have in my post. I didn’t realize this until now.

    #3426
    Ron
    Keymaster

    You know what!! It was exactly that. The URL was obviously the factor. I changed the permalink to use post title instead of the ID# and it now works.

    Another difference is that on your post there seems to be only a Facebook “Like” button instead of a “Share” button like the one on the bottom of my posts.

    As for the featured image size.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/the_post_thumbnail#Thumbnail_Sizes

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