External Images Plugin Guide

Below you can find instructions on how to install and configure the External Images Plugin.

Installation instructions for the External Images Plugin:

After purchasing the External Images Plugin, you will receive a zipped file, from there, please follow these steps:

In your WP admin area, click on “Plugins” -> Add new -> Upload Plugin -> Choose file. From there you can select the zipped file you selected and install the Plugin.


Activation and Information:

Activating this plugin forces WordPress to read images from either the external_image_url custom meta field or the _dfrps_featured_image_url field (used by Datafeedr).

It also prevents Datafeedr from downloading featured images to your site. This allows you to build far larger websites without using up all your storage space storing images which are already hosted on affiliate CDNS.

It also works with WP All Import (or any other import plugin) – don’t import images to the featured images in the normal way – instead, import the image URL(s) to a custom meta field name external_image_url.

You can also use it without import tools. On your product/post editor pages, below where the featured image normally is, you will find a new field to edit the external image url. Enter an image URL here and your WordPress website will use this url for thumbnails and featured images instead of a placeholder or the featured image.


External Images Plugin does not display HTTP images:

If you have SSL on your site then unfortunately it is unavoidable that the external images plugin will not work in all cases – it will TRY and load the image through SSL, but if that CDN or domain does not have SSL then it will fail.

There is no point trying to load it with http because users will not see it and instead get a security warning.

Another option would be to revert to downloading the insecure images and only keep using the external images when they are available with HTTPS.

This would use up disk space on your server.

Do I still need to optimise images when using this plugin. I tried optimising via EWWW and it found no images and sent my CPU usage (which is limited) through the roof.

EWWW is a huge drain on resources, you do not need to use anything else for  any optimization if you are using the External Images Plugin.


That should be all, if you are experiencing any issues with the plugin, please ask a question:

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