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    Hi folks,

    I am currently working on my category pages in WordPress and I have managed to style 90% of my posts that show up under a specific category.

    My problem is that I wish to display a different image for each post excerpt (not in the actual post), pretty much like css-tricks has in "video’s" sections, and I do not know where to look in WP Codex to find the relevant php code to call up an assigned image.

    I tried adding a div area in my category.php which defines an area for the image in CSS to sit in, and then in the actual post page (WP Dashboard) I inserted the image with the same class as used in the div. But it only showed up in the actual post full article page and not in the excerpt. This I now know is the wrong way… could anyone point me in the right direction?

    I would be most grateful for any help :)


    I’d put the image in the actuall post content.

    If you’re using the_content() in your categorie-file then remember to put it after the <!–more–>.
    Then use a function on your category-template-file to extract that first image and display it in the div you have going.

    For the function see here: … display-it
    Put that function in functinons.php of your theme, and call it in your category-file.


    Thank you very much for that link TeMc, I will check that out right now and reply back with how I got on later.

    Cheers M :)


    No luck, I did everything as you suggested and the stuff from the tutorial but it doesn’t seem to display the image only the url source.

    *I tried inserting the img before the <!–more–> tag in the page editor & after it – no joy
    *I tried sticking an image in the Media db area on WP DSB and direct the image to there in stead off my server – no joy
    * Tried making my div container larger – no joy

    May have to look for a plugin instead. Thank you for your help though, appreciated! It may work for me if I do another WP site..

    Sadly that didn’t work, some of the plugins I found were problematic for the style of my post – but I found this alternative which works fine, but it does not link to the first image in your post: hope this helps others :)


    Well you could either wait until WordPress 2.9 – when posts get thumbnail images – or use a custom field in your post as found in the article above. .

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