Why does Reader show video rather than first image?

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  • #1426535

    unclespikes
    Member

    I have a draft post in which there are a number of picture images, and lastly, an embedded YouTube video.

    When I published it, I noticed the video was shown as the main featured image on Reader, but I was actually expecting the first picture image on the post to be shown.

    Is this a setting I can change, or does Reader automatically show the video in terms of hierarchy?

    The blog I need help with is unclespikes.wordpress.com.

    #1426671

    timethief
    Member

    I don’t know why that is and it also annoys me. I select a thumbnail sized image and the exact teaser text I want to be displayed in the excerpt and insert “the more tag”. I expect that to be respected but it isn’t, so I’m tagging this thread for a Staff response as to why what we bloggers choose is disrespected. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

    #1426686

    unclespikes
    Member

    Thanks Timethief… you are as helpful as ever.
    Lets hope for a good response. Do you think there is a quick solution on the cards, or should I go ahead and publish my posts using hyperlinks for now while WP work out if there is a fix they can make (I would guess these things take time). A bit crappy I know, but I have two follow on posts which I want published asap as part one is out there all alone :(
    Thanks again, Uncle Spike :)

    #1426711

    jackiedana
    Member

    If you set a featured image (a screenshot from the video or something else) for the post, that will be what is shown in the Reader.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/featured-images/

    #1426715

    unclespikes
    Member

    Afraid not Jackie, but thanks for the suggestion.
    I always use Featured Image as a way of controlling which image from a post is shown on my Home page, but WP Reader just ignores that, and uses the first image contained in the post. I can normally manage that by ensuring my first image is the one I want to be shown, but WP Reader seems to automatically select the video, even where there is a Featured Image and also there are other still images on the post before the video.
    Hey ho
    Uncle Spike

    #1426718

    jackiedana
    Member

    Please provide a link to a recent post where you have a video and a featured image set (or just images that overrode the featured image) that did not appear correctly in the Reader, and I will investigate this further for you.

    #1426720

    unclespikes
    Member

    As I seriously didn’t want the video on Reader, I replaced the embedded video with a hyperlink and republished the offending post. A bit naff I know, but had to be done.

    A new post, scheduled for tomorrow at 10am (Turkish time, so GMT+2) has a Featured Image, and two other images in the post which appear before the embedded video. Lets see what shows on Reader…

    The post will be as follows:-
    http://unclespikes.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/picanto-capers-part-three/

    Thanks :)

    #1426721

    jackiedana
    Member

    For what it’s worth, I see these two posts in the Reader:
    http://cl.ly/image/3B1X3A3C0L1u

    The first one is displaying your featured image; the second is displaying the first image in your post.

    #1426722

    unclespikes
    Member

    In that first post Jackie, the Featured Image is the same as the first image anyway. The second post isn’t mine…

    #1426723

    jackiedana
    Member

    Oops, sorry about that! For some reason I thought it was your blog.

    Well, we’ll keep an eye on this. Please let me know when your post goes live.

    #1426725

    unclespikes
    Member

    Ok Jackie, there we go. The post I mentioned has now been published. It has a Featured Image, and two other images in the post which appear before the embedded video. WP Reader has again ignored both those facts and gone with the video instead.

    http://unclespikes.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/picanto-capers-part-three/

    #1426729

    jackiedana
    Member

    Okay I’ve done some testing and digging around.

    I have discovered that on WordPress.com, the intended behavior for a post with an embedded video is to prioritize the video for the featured image, over a regular image. The only post formats where this doesn’t happen are Gallery and Image formats.

    I think it may work a little differently with different video types, but this is definitely how it works with YouTube.

    So if you have a YouTube video embedded in your post, it’s going to be what shows up in the Reader, and that’s by design.

    #1426731

    unclespikes
    Member

    Ok, so just as I thought. Apart from purchasing Videopress, do you happen to know if other video hosting sites (rather than YouTube) would be treated any differently by Reader? Or, can you suggest a contact email or something that I can pose this question to the WP tech support team?

    Thanks for your help, Ali

    #1426733

    jackiedana
    Member

    All embedded videos should function the same way, and that’s by design.

    You could try wrapping a still image with a link to YouTube or something else as a workaround, but otherwise I don’t think I have a better solution for you.

    #1426735

    unclespikes
    Member

    All right, we’ll leave it at that then Jackie. Many thanks for your help. (I was an IT analyst and programmer for years, so I quite respect the limitations by design).
    Regards, Uncle Spike

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