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Images in Magazine template entry listings?

How does the magazine template determine when/which image to show in an entry's listing? Many of my posts have images, but only some appear to the right of the listing on the main page, and I can't figure out what factor determines when an image is pulled there.

a year ago, 9 replies   templates   magazine   thumbnail   Improve this question

The Magazine template uses the thumbnail for each post. The thumbnail is generated by Blot when it converts a file in your folder into a post on your site.

Blot creates a thumbnail from the first image in the post whose file extension is either ".png", ".jpeg", ".jpg", ".svg", or ".gif", and which has a width larger than 64 pixels wide, and a height larger than 64 pixels (see the source).

If you have some posts containing images which meet these criteria, but you don't see a thumbnail on your site – you have likely run into a bug with our thumbnail generator – would you be willing to send us a link to your site? We'd be happy to look at the specifics

Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

Yes, thank you!

My URL is

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Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

You should be able to re-generate your thumbnails on the dashboard – once you do that, do the thumbnails appear as expected?

Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

Trying the Magazine template, I don't see a thumbnail for one post, for another I see a thumbnail that is not square. What dimensions should they be on the main page?

Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

Can you share a link to the post which should have a thumbnail, but does not?

Blot generates different sizes and shapes of thumbnails – it's up to the template to pick which size and shape it wants to use. Does that make sense? Please let me know if you have any questions about this or anything else

Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

This has no thumbnail.

But I can't choose the thumbnail size then? I'm trying out the Magazine template, and, if you look at the top post here, the thumbnail is huge, and cut off; I'd like to show the full book cover, if possible.

Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

Is there any way to add thumbnails in the Magazine template to graphics that are not in posts? I produce several podcasts, and I post with iframe players. I'd like to have the podcast artwork as a thumbnail, but I don't want to put them in the posts. And, if this is possible, I need to know what size, because when I tried, they all got cut off.

Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

For sure! You can set thumbnail metadata:

Thumbnail: /path/Or-URL/to/image.jpg

The thumbnail set does not need to be in the post.

As for the post without a thumbnail – it has no image as far as I can tell! The path is broken – This has no thumbnail /Posts/_The-Long-Dark.jpeg does not exist in your folder

Answered a year ago · Improve this answer

It is there. I tried moving it to a Graphics folder (I'm still trying to understand folder structure) but I moved it back. It displays in the post, but not as a thumbnail.

If I set my own thumbnail with Thumbnail: metadata, what size do I use? I've tried a couple of sizes, and the thumbnail gets upscaled and cropped. I want to use square graphics for my podcasts; how can I get this to work?

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