You ever notice Google News has relevant images associated with its headlines?

How can I use WordPress to extract a featured image from an external webpage referenced in a blog post (or custom field)?

I'm open to any suggestions. I've seen this kind of functionality on a lot of web sites. There must be a way to do this with WP.

  • I'm not seeing anytning that addresses my question; If you do, could you post a link?
    – Richard
    May 16, 2012 at 23:46
  • Have you found a solution for this one?
    – brasofilo
    Nov 27, 2012 at 17:38

1 Answer 1


Found some plugins that may (or not) match your requirements. Using this query string in the repository.

But, there's one (WP-SnapAvatar) that although doesn't address the particulars, consists in a little and very interesting function, that I'll reproduce here:

Plugin Name: WP-SnapAvatar
Version: 1.0
Plugin URI: http://darkx-studios.com/
Description: This plugin puts the commentor's website screenshot where there is no gravatar.
Author: Neacsu Alexandru
Author URI: http://darkx-studios.com
Copyright (c) 2008
Released under the GPL license

function site_avatar_hook($baseCode) {
    $AutorUrl = get_comment_author_url();
    $PictureLink = "http://images.websnapr.com/?url=$AutorUrl";

    $newSrc = $newSrc[0];

        $httpSrc = substr($newSrc,0,strlen($newSrc) - 1) . "&nocatch=" . rand(10,100) ."&default=" . $PictureLink;
        $newAvatar=preg_replace('@src=(["\'])http://[^"\']+["\']@',"src='" . $httpSrc . "'",$baseCode);
    } else {
        $newAvatar = $baseCode; 
    echo $newAvatar;


For what you ask, I think that a combination of WP-SnapAvatar and this other one (Link Indication) would do the job.

But, I won't get into that otherwise I end up writing a new plugin :)

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