Not picking picure

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    I use such http link in my old posts to show pictures:
    <img src="/bird/mt-image/img00004" alt="eTrex-BT.jpg" width="480" height="360" />

    However, the QFIP plugin does not pick the image and make it featured image.
    I tried every option including ” Take the first post image from current site domain, copy and add it to the media library if not available there”, but it still does not pick image.

    Please help me solve the problem. 15 euros is quite expensive to me and it doesn’t work so far… Thanks.

    Martin Stehle

    Hello, may I take a look at your website? Please tell me the web address of it.


    Thanks for your prompt reply. My website is at

    Some old posts are migrated from an old Movable-type site and the images are put in a centralized directory with the URL in my previous message,and they are not in the media library of WordPress.


    Martin Stehle

    Many posts have featured images. It seems the plugin worked. It is hard to find the posts “migrated from an old Movable-type site”. Please point to one of them.


    For example:

    You can check the posts back to year 2006-2010. Those are the so-called pled posts.


    Let me explain more.

    In this post:

    The URL of the first image is:

    and the HTML source code of this embedded image is:

    <img src="/bird/mt-image/img00004" alt="eTrex-BT.jpg" width="480" height="360" />

    This is an old post that was migrated from a Movable-type platform, so the image files are stored in a relative URL path of the same host (/bird/mt-image…), and the files are NOT in the media library of the WordPress platform.

    One strange thing is that the image file has no filename extension. Does it cause any problem to QFIP? Because the browser can still show the images correctly.


    Martin Stehle

    QFIP takes the image URL “as is” so the missing file extension is no problem.

    And QFIP takes relative paths, starting with a slash. It adds the site URL to the path to try to download the image and to insert it into the library. Your choice for “Take the first post image from current site domain …” is correct.

    Does it work with the post “比利時一週, 法國兩週”?


    No, it doesn’t work with that post, either…

    Martin Stehle

    Ok, I am trying to reconstruct your case and will reply again. Please be patient.


    I found the root cause.

    From the Apache log, I can see that QFIP tries to fetch the image file and put it to the media library. However, the HTTP request URL is incorrect:

    [26/Sep/2018:14:16:07 +0000] “GET /bird/bird/mt-image/img01532.jpg HTTP/1.1” 404 47868 “-” “WordPress/4.9.8;;

    My site is under a subdirectory of the host name. The host name is, and my WP site is at So the embedded image URL starts with /bird which is a correct relative URL form. However, QFIP treats the hostname as “” instead of “”, so it puts “” in front of the image URL, and the “/bird” is doubled, hence it cannot fetch the image correctly.

    I guess this is a bug in QFIP that it doesn’t consider the hostname may contain a subdirectory?

    Martin Stehle

    Meanwhile my test on my development server showed a well working plugin when relative paths are considered. But your researches revealed the reason. Thank you for the great insight!

    I will refine the method for the next upgrade, coming soon.

    Martin Stehle

    The new version of QFIP, 8.4.3, available now, fixed the wromg building with relative image paths. Please upgrade QFIP and try Buld Edit again.

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