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RSS Post Importer - Images Import


Images Import

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This article addresses some common questions about how the plugin fetches images from RSS feeds.

Table of Contents

  1. General
    1. Can I Import Images With RSS Post Importer?
    2. How Many Images Can I Import?
    3. Can I Import Images From Any Feed?
  2. Importing As Featured Image
    1. Which Image Can Be Set As The Featured Image?
    2. How Do I Enable Featured Image Import?
  3. Importing As Content Inside The Post
    1. How Do I Add The Image To The Content Of The Post?
  4. Troubleshooting

General

Can I Import Images With RSS Post Importer?

Yes, you can import one image from each RSS feed. It can be imported in two ways:

  • As a featured image - According to WordPress, "A featured image represents the contents, mood, or theme of a post or page.  Posts and pages can have a single featured image, which many themes and tools can use to enhance the presentation of your site."

    Read more from WordPress.

    Imported featured images will be saved to your WordPress Media Library.
    Example of a featured image
  • As an image inside the post - The image can be placed anywhere inside the post by using a shortcode (explained below).
    Example of an image inside a post

Note that it's possible to add the image both as featured image and to the content of the post.

How Many Images Can I Import?

Any number of images. But it's important to note that the RSS feed can limit access to part of its content, such as images. If that is the case, no RSS readers/importers will be able to fetch the locked content from it.

Can I Import Images From Any Feed?

In order to download images from a feed, the website that manages the feed must choose to enable this. If it choses to somehow restrict access to the images, no image will be fetched.


Importing As Featured Image

Which Image Can Be Set As The Featured Image? 

Only the first image found in the RSS feed item can be set as Featured.

How Do I Enable Featured Image Import?

When creating or editing a feed, you can choose whether to set featured images or not. In the Edit screen, check the Post Template (Export) meta box for the following option:

  • Set featured image - Downloads and saves the featured image to the WordPress media of your site. Once found it will also be set as the featured image for the saved post. 

For more information, read the tutorial  Choosing Where and How Will The Feeds Be Posted


Importing As Content Inside The Post

How Do I Add The Image To The Content Of The Post?

You can add the fetched image anywhere inside the post by using the shortcode [rss_feed_item_image].

The shortcode has three optional attributes: 

  • height - The height of the image, in pixels. Insert the number value only, without "px".
  • width - The width of the image, in pixels. Insert the number value only, without "px".
  • class - Custom CSS class.

Example with all attributes:

[rss_feed_item_image height=100 width=100 class=class-example]

When you edit a feed, you will find the  Processing Settings (Import) meta box. It allows you to set different default values for these parameters, as highlighted:

Learn more about setting up RSS feeds: RSS Post Importer - Getting Started (Video)


Troubleshooting

If no image is shown despite proper configuration, please check the  Troubleshooting Guide.


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