WordPress plugin Facebook Like Thumbnail Updates

I have updated my WordPress plugin to fix Facebook Like Thumbnails to version 0.2 which I am sure will make the existing users happy! 🙂

Some of the users who quickly upgraded might be facing issues because of a silly mistake on my part. If the plugin has disappeared from the plugins listing, then you would have to delete the folder "facebook-like-thumbnail" folder in your plugins folder (/wp-content/plugins/) and then reinstall the plugin by typing "Facebook Like Thumbnail" in Add New Plugins screen. I apologise for the issue, please excuse me, I am not used to pushing updates to public repositories.

The plugin now features an options pages which can be found under Settings > Facebook Like Thumbnail. You can specify your default thumbnail image on that page, no more code edits are required. This was a necessary move as the users would have to edit the plugin to specify their default image after every upgrade.

The plugin now supports featured thumbnails and NextGEN galleries (other than the slideshow ones).

The plugin picks the thumbnail in the following order (whichever is found first)

  • If its a post or page
    • Featured Thumbnail
    • First Image in the post
    • Default
  • If its a Front Page or Search Page
    • Default
  • Anything else
    • First image in the first post of the loop
    • Default

Facebook Like Thumbnail

Author: Ashfame, version: 0.4, updated: December 7, 2016,
Requires WP version: 3.1 or higher, tested up to: 4.7.7.
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Adding the author avatar on author pages to be used as thumbnail and ignoring smilies as a possible match for thumbnail are on my To-do lists. If you have any suggestions, comments section is all yours.

Also the plugin can be totally uninstalled by using the delete option from WordPress dashboard, it won't leave anything behind in the database.

I have tried to keep the plugin as fast as it can be. If any developer can provide any suggestions/improvements, I would love that. If you have any questions or facing any issues because of the early upgrade or need any help, give me a shout in the comments.

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  • don

    How about to set the thumbnail to be a video you have in your post? 🙂

    • Sorry! Not possible as of now

  • victoria

    I’ve installed and activated the plugin, but the like button still doesn’t show the image in the post – do I have to wait for Facebook to refresh?



  • Hi Ashish,

    Thanks for the plugin. There seems to be a conflict between your plugin and the Photo Smash Galleries plugin ie when I activate your plug-in, my photo galleries disappear from their pages / posts. All of those galleries can be viewed as a slideshow, not sure if that makes a difference. I appreciate you probably don’t know the Photo Smash plugin, but wondered if you had come across this problem before?

    • Haven’t came across that plugin so not sure whats going wrong. If you want me to take a look, you can hire me.

  • Thank you for the nice plugin!

    Would id be possible that it picks always the first image of the blog instead the featured image?

  • I just submitted a commment, but I want to add something:
    The plugin picks the featured image, but framed and in the format how it appears on the post or page, would it be possible that it picks the thumbnail direct from the source of the image?
    How it is now it the thumbnail looks very tiny on fb.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Hi… Just an FYI, when the plugin is activated all my galleries from NextGen Galleries disappear. The album page displays.. but the actual photos page goes entirely blank. Thanks

  • Nick

    Everything cool with photo!! but…

    Still give me this message
    Required Property Missing og:title is required
    Required Property Missing og:type is required
    Required Property Missing og:url is required

    so when you put that option in your plugin

    + in “Default FB Like thumbnail” i put full path link? like this: http://www.mysite.com/logo.png? or something else?!

  • Ali

    Hi, big thanks for your effort, but I have activated the plugin but always getting the following thumbnail in Facebook:


    although there’s a picture in the post and my Facebook page has its own image!

    Thanks in advance!

  • hey.. friends this is a good plugin and i am installed and active the plugin..
    this is a rocking information…

  • Jesus Enrique Rosas


  • It would be nice if this plugin offered settings so users could choose the order of the hierarcy. I never want to use the featured thumbnail. I would prefer the order:
    first image in post
    specified image (allowing user to specify an image on a per-post basis)
    default (if the first two don’t exist)

    I can’t use the plugin in its current incarnation.

  • Need help – from anyone:

    I uploaded the plug in, but where it gives me options to choose first photo or default photo, etc, all I get is the text – I cannot actually choose one option over another. Why is that?

    Otherwise, it’s just generally not working – aka, I put a link on Fbook and it still gives me a random photo – in this case, the “Place your ad here” button. What do I do?


  • canonbis


    I want to use the “image à la une” but it doesn’t work. The “image à la une” is used on the home page slider but not in my article 🙁

    Thank you

  • Hi! I’m using your plugin on my page and it works great when my WP version was 3.1 but now I’m using the 3.3.1 version and the plugin is not working, i cant display a default thumbnail or a featured thumb either. Any ideas? Thank you for the good work!! Hugs from Brasil.

  • Hi Ashfame,

    Thank you for doing all of this work to develop this much needed plugin.

    I have been having a problem with my share and like buttons displaying the wrong thumbnail, and that is how I found your plugin.

    Judging from the responses that I have seen from many of the users, the plugin seems to be working for them. However, I cannot seem to get it to work. Maybe it has something to do with my theme? (WooThemes)

    I checked a couple of my posts with https://developers.facebook.com/tools/lint and I get some gibberish that I don’t really understand. So I am really at a loss as to what the problem is.

    I would love to get your plugin to work. Any suggestions?



  • Hey Ashfame,

    your Plugin is Great but it takes out NG Gallery! There seemed to be a few problems! if you fix this it would be nice and i#d like to use your plugin!

    Thanks and Greets Korny

  • Fix your plugin please. It seems, it doesnt work wit WP 3.3.1. Settings doesnt work.

  • Hi Ash,

    I’ve got your FB thumbnail plungin installed. How can I set it so that the default FB thumbnail that I have assigned becomes the first priority? So that it doesn’t pull the first image from the post loop on the anything-else pages?

    Btw, love the plugin. It works great 🙂

    Thank you for any help you can provide,

  • Hey guys,

    Sorry for not responding here for the last few months, I didn’t have any free time. As of now, I can confirm the plugin works with the latest version of WordPress. About NGGallery, yeah it doesn’t support all methods of how you embed galaries and I am afraid, that’s how its gonna be for now.

    If something is not working for you, most probably its a bug on their end. It has happened several times in the last year. They will fix it by themself. Have patience!

    If you have any questions, please post here instead – http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/facebook-like-thumbnail

    And if you are a developer, this plugin is now also hosted on github – https://github.com/ashfame/facebook-like-thumbnail, so you can directly raise issues over there.

    I will be closing the comments section. Also might release a newer version of plugin which will make lives a little better.