Wordpress: wish to open media manager into 'set featured' > 'upload files' by default

Posted on 2014-04-18
Last Modified: 2014-04-20
I want the wp media manager to open into 'set featured' > 'upload files' mode each time it's opened.

Maybe a function I can add to functions.php?

Appreciate any help,


Question by:St_Aug_Beach_Bum
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by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 40009168
So off the post edit screen? Why is clicking on the Add Featured Image link in the meta box not an option here?

Author Comment

ID: 40009274
Hi Jason,

Yes, basically I need that ability (set featured image) but I am using WP Front End Editor: 

and it doesn't have a 'set featured image' link.

hmmm... that gives me an idea though....

I've experimented a bit and I see I can add a link to my single.php file that just loads when the editor is active.

I can copy the 'set featured image' from the backend and remake it in the front end. so I end up with a link like this:   //id set dynamically, of course

Now, if I use that as a link it goes to that page,,, but what I really need it to do is come up as a pop up, rather like it does in the backend.

Should be a way to do that with js, eh?

Author Comment

ID: 40009294
hmmm, just testing with this;

<a href="<?php the_ID();?>&type=image&TB_iframe=1"
    onclick="return !, 'Featured', 'width=500,height=500')"
    target="_blank">Set featured image</a>

I get a pop-up window (not the nice screen effect like wp has, but it works as a test) and I can upload an image... but it doesn't save it as 'featured', just saves it to the gallery...

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Author Comment

ID: 40009341
I can figure out the pop up, maybe use a colorbox.

If you can help me figure out how to get the image uploaded that way saved as the featured image, that would be great!


Author Comment

ID: 40009445
ohhh... the WP jQuery Colorbox plugin makes a nice effect to bring it up.

Still haven't figured out how to get it to come up and save as a featured image though, it just comes up as the uploader only,


Author Comment

ID: 40009896
hmmm, I took this off the source of the edit/new post page on the backend:

<a title="Set featured image" href="" id="set-post-thumbnail" class="thickbox">Set featured image</a>

and tried that, instead of just using the url.

I get this though:

Instead of the newer version that you get when you click on the link from the backend.
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Accepted Solution

Jason C. Levine earned 500 total points
ID: 40011803
Still haven't figured out how to get it to come up and save as a featured image

Might be a two step solution.  Do the standard upload on the front end to get it attached to the post and then run a function like this:

function setmahfeature($id){

        $attachment = get_post( $id );

        if( update_post_meta( $attachment->post_parent, '_thumbnail_id', $attachment->ID ) )
            show_message( "Post #$attachment->post_parent - W00t!" );

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* Coded from memory, YMMV.

Author Comment

ID: 40012026
Got it, thank you! I'm going to throw another odd question at you in just a bit here!
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by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 40012029
Dude, all your questions are odd.  Fun, but odd :)

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ID: 40012053

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