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.

Immagine in evidenza

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

  • Immagine in evidenza esterna
  • Image search (Unsplash)
  • Immagine in evidenza predefinita
  • Nascondi media in evidenza
  • Immagine in evidenza nel contenuto
  • Imposta automaticamente il titolo dell’immagine
  • Colonna per immagine in evidenza
  • [PRO] Image search (search engine)
  • [PRO] Disabilita clic destro
  • [PRO] Save in the media library
  • [PRO] Replace not found image
  • [PRO] Custom popup
  • [PRO] Page redirection
  • [PRO] Cloak links
  • [PRO] Taxonomy image
  • [PRO] Stessa altezza

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


  • CDN + miniature ottimizzate
  • Lazy load


  • Meta tags
  • [PRO] Media RSS tags
  • [PRO] BuddyBoss Platform and bbPress


  • Integrazione di WP-CLI
  • [PRO] Add-on per WP All Import
  • [PRO] WooCommerce import
  • [PRO] WooCommerce REST API
  • [PRO] Schedule metadata generation


  • Immagine esterna del prodotto
  • Lightbox and zoom
  • [PRO] Galleria per immagini esterne
  • [PRO] Galleria per video esterni
  • [PRO] Category images auto set
  • [PRO] Prodotto variabile
  • [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

Video in evidenza

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] Video in evidenza
  • [PRO] Guarda più tardi
  • [PRO] Miniatura del video
  • [PRO] Play button
  • [PRO] Larghezza minima
  • [PRO] Controlli video
  • [PRO] Autoplay on mouseover
  • [PRO] Autoplay
  • [PRO] Playback loop
  • [PRO] Mute
  • [PRO] Privacy enhanced mode
  • [PRO] Video di sfondo

Widget per Elementor

  • Immagine in evidenza
  • [PRO] Video in evidenza

Widget per WordPress

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

Campi per Gravity Forms

  • Immagine in evidenza
  • [PRO] Video in evidenza
  • [PRO] Slider in evidenza

Campi per Dokan

  • Immagine in evidenza
  • [PRO] Product gallery


  • [PRO] Modifica rapida
  • [PRO] Audio in evidenza
  • [PRO] Slider in evidenza
  • [PRO] Shortcode

Funzioni per sviluppatori

  • 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)



  • Immagine in evidenza

  • Image search

  • Video in evidenza

  • Image gallery for WooCommerce products

  • Image gallery for WooCommerce product variations

  • Modifica rapida

  • Widget per Elementor

  • Impostazioni Immagine in evidenza

  • Impostazioni Video in evidenza

  • Impostazioni Slider in evidenza

  • Settings Featured audio

  • Impostazioni Shortcode

  • Settings Automatic

  • Impostazioni Social

  • Settings Performance

  • Impostazioni WooCommerce

  • Impostazioni WP All Import

  • Impostazioni REST API

  • Settings Admin

  • Impostazioni Metadati

  • Developers

  • FIFU Cloud


Installa FIFU da dentro WordPress

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

Installa FIFU manualmente

  1. Upload the ‘featured-image-from-url’ folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory;
  2. Attiva il plugin FIFU attraverso il menu ‘Plugin’ di 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 “Featured Image in Content” option unnecessarily.

Perché l’immagine in evidenza non viene visualizzata?

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

Perché non ci sono cambiamenti dopo l’aggiornamento delle impostazioni?

  • 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 CDN + Optimized Thumbnails feature (performance settings).

What are the advantages of external images?

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

È legale incorporare immagini senza autorizzazione?

  • 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.

Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error

  • During activation, the plugin tries to change a column in the database to support URLs longer than 256 characters. If the plugin cannot be activated, it’s possible that your site doesn’t have enough memory to support the column resizing operation, especially if your database is too large. In this case, try to increase the memory of your site.


24 Maggio 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.
11 Maggio 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.
27 Febbraio 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.
2 Febbraio 2024
I recently had the pleasure of configuring the FIFU Plug-in for my website, and I am beyond impressed with both the product and the support provided by the FIFU team. In my extensive experience of building over 2,500 websites, I can confidently say that the commitment and professionalism demonstrated by the FIFU team are unparalleled. During a challenging debugging period, their support went above and beyond, providing solutions when no one else could. This level of dedication truly sets them apart in the industry. One standout feature is the timely and efficient response to support tickets. Unlike many other plugins, the FIFU team addresses concerns promptly, showcasing their commitment to customer satisfaction. This responsiveness is a breath of fresh air in an industry where delayed or non-existent responses are unfortunately common. The FIFU Plug-in’s lightweight design ensures a fast-loading website, exceeding expectations even under stress tests with 500 products. As I scale up to over 12,000 products, I’m confident in its ability to consistently deliver outstanding results. FIFU’s efficiency has significantly contributed to the success of my website. The FIFU team has set a new standard in a field where support is often lacking. They are a reliable, customer-centric, and highly skilled development team. My experience with their plugin has been smooth and enjoyable. Excited to use it with my new API to load over 200,000 product variable images and anticipate great success.I highly recommend Featured Image From URL Plugin! Sincerely, Jimmy – White Code Agency
16 Gennaio 2024
We’ve been using FIFU on several sites for a few years to save on space. It has worked flawless and updated quick when the external link rules are changed. The support alone is worth it’s weight in gold.
9 Dicembre 2023 1 risposta
In the Auto set featured media from post content section, I activated this option: use the found image/video as featured image/video, and I set the post types option to product, and the plugin works correctly, but after 1 hour, the images are not displayed again, and the option I hit update all your posts now to fix it, but still the images are not displayed again after 1 hour. Is there a solution for this?
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Changelog (registro delle modifiche)


  • Enhancement: integration with Yoast (JSON-LD schema); enhancement: WP All Import add-on (easier usage).


  • Enhancement: Featured audio (you can change its behavior through the Featured Video settings now); fix: database error (Missing DB alias).


  • Enhancement: Taxonomy Image (integration with Variation Swatches for WooCommerce); enhancement: Image Metadata (2x faster); enhancement: Status page (loads faster); fix: WP All Import add-on (XML example missing); fix: Meta Tags (conflict with Yoast).