This plugin was originally built to allow users of the Datafeedr plugin to build huge affiliate stores without downloading all of the affiliate images to their website.
It prevents Datafeedr from downloading the images and it overrides the featured image and thumbnail functions to use the external images.
It’s also compatible with any import plugins, including WP All Import, so you can massively speed up your imports by importing images to a custom meta field (called external_image_url) instead of as featured images. This keeps images off your server and on the CDN source.
You additionally get a new field in the post/product editor below the featured image area where you can view and edit the external image URL, so it can be used without import plugins if you wish.
This plugin is really simple to use but you can find specific instructions below to help you. If you have any questions, please ask them through the Q & A section.
Install and activate and now datafeedr will not download images. If you’ve already downloaded a whole bunch of images, you will have to delete these somehow. The easiest way is to temporarily move the product sets to the trash, wait for the products to be deleted and then restore the product sets from the trash and Datafeedr will re-import the product details, this time without the images.
Visit any archive/shop/product/post page where there is no featured image, and if you look at the image source you will find it’s coming from the affiliate CDN, and not from your server.
WP All Import Users
Install and activate and then in your import, import image url(s) to a custom field called external_image_url. Select the option “Don’t import images” and then run your import. Your import will run far more quickly since WordPress is not downloading and creating multiple sizes of your images. Instead, it’s simply populating the external_image_url field.
Visit any archive/shop/product/post page, inspect the images and you’ll find they’re coming from your external source.
Visit the post/product editor page and below the featured image you will find an external image URL field you can edit. If you place an image URL in here, WordPress will display that image for your thumbnails and featured image instead of storing images locally.
If you have debugging enabled in wp-config.php, this plugin will report a WARNING related to the ‘src’ variable. This is harmless, but will populate debug.log or display on your page depending on your debug settings in wp-config.php.
Please visit the Q & A section for this plugin for support.