Thumbnails play an important role in most WordPress themes these days. Even the very simple ones make use of them in different places. What’s more, your thumbnails are what tend to attract people’s attention when they’re browsing through various sites, looking for a place to go.
Given the importance of thumbnails, we decided to go over 10 amazing thumbnail plugins for your WordPress-powered website or blog so you can get even more out of this beautiful and powerful feature.
Thumbnails for Backend is an amazing WordPress plugin that adds a column in your admin area for posts. Instead of just showing the title, author, category, and tag links, the plugin also provides a thumbnail of the featured image for each post.
This WordPress plugin automatically generates a featured image from the first image in a particular post. It also gives you the option to not generate a featured image for individual posts. Besides creating featured images for new posts, it also generates featured images for posts published before you’ve installed the plugin.
The Post Thumbnail Editor plugin allows you to easily edit thumbnails so you can get the look that you want in your theme. If you ever encounter problems with your theme cutting off your thumbnails in odd ways, this plugin will be your solution.
This WordPress plugin allows you to insert shortcodes that will grab the featured image of your posts and display them in grid fashion. These thumbnails will then link to the post. The plugin gives you a number of controls within the shortcodes, including setting the sizes of the thumbnails, limiting the thumbnails to one category, controlling the number of thumbnails that will be shown, and controlling the order of the thumbnails, among others.
Video Thumbnails is a superb plugin for WordPress that automatically creates thumbnails for the first embedded video in your post. You can also set the created thumbnail to automatically be set to your featured image. You can save these thumbnails to your server, and they’ll show up in your media library just like any other image. The plugin also grabs the thumbnail from the video source, and even supports videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Vine, and other popular sources. The plugin, however, doesn’t generate thumbnails for posts, pages, and custom post types.
This WordPress plugin allows you to recreate your thumbnails whenever necessary. For instance, if you’ve changed the thumbnail size so you can present a different look or perhaps to match your theme, this plugin has you covered. One of its best features is that it rebuilds your thumbnails one at a time so you can avoid script timeout errors, which often happen with tasks like rebuilding numerous thumbnails. It also allows you to choose which thumbnails you’d like to rebuild.
The Drag & Drop Featured Image plugin allows you to easily drag an image into the featured image area of your post editor instead of forcing you to enter your media library. While not technically a thumbnail plugin, it lets you display featured images as thumbnails around your theme.
This plugin for WordPress allows you to assign two featured images to a post. After you install the plugin, you’ll need to put some code into your functions file, and then you’ll need to place code in the template files where you want the second featured image to appear.
The WordPress Responsive Thumbnail Slider plugin allows you to create sliders of thumbnail images. With it, you can insert sliders into posts or pages with a shortcode or you can insert them into your theme files, along with the code provided in the settings area. And, as the name suggests, it lets you create responsive sliders. There are also a number of controls in the settings area that lets you choose from slider auto scrolls, the scroll speed, background color, height and width of the thumbnails, and more.
This WordPress plugin gives you the option to call in a featured image from an external URL. While you probably don’t want to hotlink your featured images from someone else’s website, this plugin will come in handy if you house your own images in a different location.