Facebook Thumb Fixer

Description

This plug-in is for those who have the problem where sharing a post on Facebook shows the wrong (or no) thumbnail image.

It works by making sure the thumbnail is derived from the featured image of your post. If your post doesn’t have a featured image then it will use a fall-back image that you can specify.

The plug-in inserts the open graph meta properties, which Facebook and other social services look for when someone shares your page. These properties contain information about the page and of course the image you specify.

Uninstall

Deactivate the plugin, delete if desired.

Official Web Site (and support)

Facebook Thumb Fixer Support at the official WordPress repository.

Go to ‘Facebook Thumb Fixer’ in WordPress admin for more information about how it works, what it does, and how to resolve common problems.

How to set a fall-back image

Go to Settings -> General and scroll down until you find ‘Default Facebook Thumb’. Put the path to your fall-back image there. Make sure it’s at least 1200×630 or 600×315.

How to set a Facebook App ID

If you have a Facebook App, you can get the App ID from your developer dashboard.

Specify your Facebook App ID Settings -> General.

How to set an object type

Posts and Pages

On each page or post you edit there is an ‘Open Graph Object Type’ meta box. Simply make a section from there to specify what Object Type the page or post is. Example: If the it’s an article, then choose ‘article’. If it’s a product, choose ‘product’. To help you decide what Object Type to choose, go here to learn the differences between them all.

Note: If no selection is made for posts or pages then the Object Type will be ‘article’, which in most cases is fine.

Home page

To specify what Object Type your homepage is, go to the WordPress Settings -> General page and make a selection from the ‘Home page Object Type’ field.

Note: If no selection is made for the home page then the Object Type will be ‘webpage’, which in most cases is probably what you want.

Installation

Install, activate, done.

Reviews

Works

The debug-option helped me – it’s a link to Facebook’s “debug Sharing tool” https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/sharing/

Keywords: WordPress facebook Shared link thumbnail images problem

Conflicts with my theme (XTreme Builder)

Conflicts with my theme (XTreme Builder). When this plugin is active, I cannot edit my posts AT ALL – neither in the WordPress editor nor in the XTreme Editor. Had to de-activate the plugin for things to work again.

Limited success

WordPress debugger… “The ‘fb:app_id’ property should be explicitly provided, Specify the app ID so that stories shared to Facebook will be properly attributed to the app. Alternatively, app_id can be set in url when open the share dialog.”

Not sure if that is my fault or the app’s, but I have struggled for a long time to get this to work.

Read all 37 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Facebook Thumb Fixer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.6

Added Facebook App ID field.
Added a convenient FB Debug button for easier troubleshooting.
Preview of homepage for when shared on Facebook.
Fixed some errors.
Updated help topics.

1.5.1

Fixed Undefined variables issue.
Confirmed WP 4.2.3 compatibility.
Updated support link.

1.5

Added Facebook preview.

1.4.9

Updated help topics with answers to some common questions.

1.4.8

Suppressed unnecessary warning when fall-back image is missing.

1.4.7

Fixed extremely rare conflict with other plug-ins. No need to update unless this plug-in is causing a conflict with another.

1.4.6

Non-critical updates:
Fixed incorrect reference in help/tips of recommended Facebook image sizes.
Added help topic and suggested fix for those experiencing rare issue of image dimensions not showing in plug-in.

1.4.5

Full sized default thumbnail image preview.
Updated help topics and tips to reflect latest Facebook recommendations.
Presentation tweaks.

1.4.4

Prevented open graph from outputting on BuddyPress members pages to ‘fix’ malformed HTML issue.

1.4.3

Updated version compatibility for WordPress 4.0.

1.4.2

Updated documentation page.

1.4.1

Added Google+ full bleed image support.

1.4

Added the ability to specify a unique Object Type for each post, page and the home page.
Updated documentation.

1.3.5

Replaced strip_tags with preferable wp_kses function.
HTML is now stripped from excerpts.
Fixed issue where title sometimes wasn’t being output into og:title on posts.

1.3.4

‘Tested up to’ compatibility with WordPress 3.8.
Wordpress 3.8 notification UI.
Updated documentation to reflect current Facebook requirements, removed document redundancy.
Typo corrections.

1.3.3

  • Minor update: Added strip_tags in more places to prevent potential conflict issue.

1.3.2

  • Changed function name to something less generic to avoid potential conflict with other plugins.

1.3.1

  • Updated recommended og:image dimensions.

1.3

  • Included new open graph properties for og:description, og:site_name and og:type.
  • Added visual indication of the field on the settings page.
  • Fixed width on preview image (for when someone accidentally uses a massive image).
  • Updated help guide.

1.2.3

  • Changed comment output in head to ‘Open Graph’ instead of ‘Facebook Open Graph’.
  • Clarification on how the plugin works.

1.2.2

  • Added og:url meta property (according to Facebook debugger, now required).

1.2.1

  • Updated documentation page, suggesting default thumbnail to be 155×155 (because thumbs are that size on Facebook brand pages).

1.2

  • Minor edits, nothing important.

1.1

  • Updated tags.
  • Fixed typos.

1.0

  • Release candidate finished.
  • Added support information under admin Settings -> Facebook Thumb Fixer
  • Updated support information.

0.9

  • Swapped out deprecated WordPress variables.