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How To Fix Facebook Incorrect Thumbnail Issue In WordPress

How To Fix Facebook Incorrect Thumbnail Issue In WordPress

Last modified: September 22, 2020


When you share a post on Facebook, is the thumbnail incorrect? This is a common error that those new to owning a WordPress website can experience. This article explores this topic and proposes some easy fixes even the most novice WordPress owner can use.

Why Does Facebook Not Pick The Right Thumbnail Image

There are numerous reasons Facebook might not be showing the right thumbnail image on the post in the Business page feed. The most common reasons why this happens is that there are too many images on the page that have the og:Image tag and there are images that are larger than your featured image.

Facebook uses the og (open graph) tags. And plugins like All in One SEO or Yoast will add the tags automatically to the images on your website. Therefore, it can be confusing for Facebook to realize which image to use.

Choose The Thumbnail

When you are using certain plugins, like the All in One SEO plugin, you can actually set which image you want to have as your thumbnail image. This makes it very easy for you to optimize your content for all social media websites. At the same time, these plugins can help optimize your presence on Google and other search engines, therefore, you can improve ranking and traffic very easily.

To use All in One SEO plugin, you need to first install the plugin and then ‘Activate’ the plugin and then you need to go into the ‘SEO’ tab in the main dashboard, then the ‘Feature Manager’ and then click on the ‘Activate’ button in the ‘Social Meta’ box.

This will activate a new feature on your post editor. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the ‘Social Settings’ tab. When you click on that you can upload any image you want to display as the Facebook thumbnail. You can even upload a unique image for Facebook, one that is more customized for the specific thumbnail settings that Facebook prefers.

If this doesn’t work. Then you need to clear your WordPress cache and refresh the post in Facebook debug tool.

Choose Your Thumbnail In Yoast SEO Plugin

Alternatively, you could be using Yoast SEO plugin. This SEO plugin allows you to add a custom Facebook thumbnail for any post or page that you’ve published on your website.

The first thing that you need to do is to install the Yoast SEO plugin. Then activate the plugin. After you’ve finished writing the blog post, you should scroll down to the Yoast SEO meta box area. There is a social tab that you can click on. There you will see a button that allows you to upload a customized thumbnail image for Facebook.

Use The Facebook Debug Tool

If you’ve uploaded and added the thumbnail you want, and Facebook is still not showing the right thumbnail, then you need to clear the cache to correct the error. To do this, clear the cache for the website page/post. Then you need to reset the cache in the Facebook page using the debug tool.

All you need to do is to copy the URL of the WordPress post that you need to update into the debugger tool.

Final Word: How To Fix Facebook Incorrect Thumbnail Issue In WordPress

Ensure that you have the right Facebook thumbnail showing your business page feed using the tips above. None of the solutions above require any need to have any coding skills. And you can use some social media plugins to help you further if you want.

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