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Featured Image Pro

Display a Masonry Thumbnail Grid of Featured Images, including captions and excerpts.

An easy and full-featured widget and shortcode that displays featured image thumbnails in a responsive masonry grid. You may also display captions & excerpts.

Basic Usage

Basic shortcode: [featured_image_pro]

You can now use the widget to generate shortcode by clicking on the panel labeled 'View/Copy Shortcode', under the categories panel 'Categories'. You can then copy and past the basic shortcode into a post and page and edit the options manually if you wish.

Learn more about the shortcode options and view examples by clicking on the link below and visiting our documentation website. All options are listed in the sidebar on the website. Click on any option to see posts about the option and then choose a post to view shortcode examples.

View Documentation


A list of options can be found in your settings menu by clicking on the Featured Image Pro menu item.


  • Posts
  • Select display based on category
  • Randomize display on load
  • Display Captions under thumbnail, or hover
  • Add colors to make your grids unique to your theme
  • Flexible default settings and powerful options
  • Display excerpts
  • Customize the excerpt word count
  • Borders around items
  • Fixed height captions and excerpts for even grids.
  • Ability to control item width and image sizes
  • Hover Captions
  • Filters for customization

Video Tutorials

Your First Shortcode [youtube ]

Featured Image Pro 2 Options Demo [youtube ]

Colors in Featured Image Pro 2 [youtube ]

Making Even Grids [youtube ]

Note for Upgrades

There are lots of new features in version 2.0 (see changelog). If you notice any issues with your upgrade, please contact us with a link and/or screenshot along with your specific shortcode.


  • Your theme must be enabled for post thumbnails.

Go Premium

Want even more features, like a supercharged shortcode generator, navigation, and icon display on hovering? Featured Image Pro Premium will be available soon!

Featured Image Pro Premium includes:

  • Custom post types support
  • Custom taxonomies
  • Extensive Shortcode generator
  • Ajax paging and expansion
  • Responsive grids
  • Hover images
  • Default Images
  • Custom classes

This plugin gives you access to a widget and shortcode that displays featured image thumbnails in a masonry grid. You may also display captions & excerpts

This plugin is not designed to show several pages of post thumbnails, rather it is designed to allow you to embed thumbnails into any page or to display a subset of thumbnails on a page. To show more posts on a page than the default value Blog pages show at most, use a fixed value for posts_per_page or try setting the posts_per_page value to ’999′.

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Author A. R. Jones
Contributors nomadcoder, seancjones
Tags featured image, thumbnail grid
  1. featured-image-pro screenshot 1

    Custom categories and different ordering method (by title).

  2. featured-image-pro screenshot 2

    Captions with a fixed height.

  3. featured-image-pro screenshot 3

    With medium-sized images for a less grid-like feel.

  4. featured-image-pro screenshot 4

    Hovering captions and no space between images.

Download the Featured Image Pro Widget Plugin

How to install this plugin

Method 1:

Select Plugins in the admin panel. Select 'Add New' Search for 'Featured Image Pro Widget'. Click on 'Install Now'. Once the plugin has been installed, click on 'Activate'

Download the plugin. In the WordPress admin panel, click on Plugins. Select Add New to get to the “Install Plugins” page. Click on browse and choose the downloaded file.

Click on the “Install Now” button to install the plugin. Once the plugin is installed, select “Activate Plugin”.

Method 3: (Advanced Users):

Unzip the file. Using FTP, upload the featured-image-pro folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your wordpress directory. In your plugins folder, find the plugin and click on activate.


Lots and lots of exciting new features and bug fixes

Add subcaptions for author and date

Colors! Featured Image Pro now offers color options for items and item links.

Added a padimage class toggle that adds image padding to the item. Can be overriden

Added tooltips to some of the widget items

Add an option to display tooltips on images in the grid (defaults to true)

Fix hover captions when item width is wider than the image

Excerpt padding/line-height changes

Fix hover captions when item width is wider than the image. The hover caption should only cover the image.

Added a padimage class for a different style option, this can be overriden in custom css

Excerpt padding/line-height changes

To make the widget easier to use, changed width/height values to accept integer values. Percentages, em, etc can still be used in the but this will be considered to be for advanced users.

Added the ability to disable tooltips on the image

To make the widget easier to use, try to calculate columnwidth when it isn't set. If there is no gutter, columnwidth will always default to 1. If itemwidth is set, columnwidth defaults to itemwidth, otherwise columnwidth

average width of items when there is a gutter and 1 if there is no gutter.

Add an option to display tooltips on images in the grid (defaults to true)

Excerpt HR - excerpthr now defaults to false. Set excerpthr = true to correct.

Call layout after resizing when height is auto to prevent overlap.

Fix some style issues

Todo: Add minimum widths and heights for images


Set animate to default to false

Add shortcode generator to the widget

Fix javascript to allow more than one featured-image-pro widget to be edited in the customizer.

Move Images above Grid Items


Fix masonry transitions using css only

Set Minimum value of number items in widget to zero

Add animation option

Add a margin above widget

Add accordion to widget form

Fix category selection in widget so that 'apply' button doesn't pop up

Fix orderby - remove 'randomize' setting

Add animate setting


Fixed borders

Added style interoperabilty with Twenty Seventeen

Cleaned up directory structure


Fix hover over image



h3> with


div> for captions.


Wordpress Release


Initial Release

When I chose large images sizes, they don't shrink past resive, and/or some of them are larger than the window. What can I do?

This is a Masonry issue that only occurs when fitwidth is on. Because fitwidth usually helps to make images show up beautifully, we enable it by default. If you notice issues, especially if you're using large images and they don't resize correctly, you can turn off "fitwidth", and that should make things better.

How can I make my images resize to scale?

The easiest way to do this is to set max-width and max-height to a pixel amount. That will allow width and height to be auto by default.

You didn't answer my question/I have feedback. How can I get in touch with you?

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Support Available

Need more? Customization is available. Contact for more information.

Version 2.0.2

Requires WordPress version: 4.4 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 10 Feb 2017

Date Added: 12 Dec 2016

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