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.


Does the External Images plugin work with SSL?

If you have SSL on your site then the old version of External Images would fail to load HTTP external images. But now it will detect these and proxy them through your SSL. It also works with Datafeedr comparison sets which already uses its own form of external images – but with the External Images plugin, it will proxy THOSE images through SSL too.

Do I still need to optimise images when using this plugin?

EWWW is a huge drain on resources, so definitely don’t use that. With the External Images plugin you can mix and match external versus downloaded images. So you *may* wish to continue using an image optimiser, but they have zero impact on the external images.

How do I import using WP All Import?

Where WP All Import asks you for the image URLs, don’t give any – leave them blank. Instead, find the Custom Product Meta/Post meta area and add a new meta tag called external_image_url and insert your featured image url here.

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

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