Month: September 2017

Twitter Won’t Show My WordPress Thumbnail!


Have you ever had one of those days when technology doesn’t make sense? When something you’ve done many times suddenly doesn’t seem to work and you don’t know why?

I’m not gonna lie. I was really pissed off at Twitter last week. I had tweeted a blog post and it appeared on Twitter without a thumbnail image. The article was there, but the Twitter Card displayed this:



No, no, no. No.

Sure, I could’ve left it up like that, but I’m not that kind of girl. I kind of have a perfectionist problem. Plus, I’m just really stubborn. If you tell my husband I said that, I’ll deny it.

It turns out that I had tweeted the post but had forgotten to set the Featured Image in WordPress. So I deleted the tweet, went back and set the Featured Image, saved it, retweeted, and … nothing. Same placeholder appeared.

After checking and testing everything I could think to check and test, retweeting and deleting after each time, it still didn’t work. I did this three or four or nine times. I looked online for the answer, but all I could see was how to set the initial image in the “Featured Image” box, which I had done. If you’re not picturing smoke coming out of my ears at this point, please do so now.

I went into the Social tab under Yoast SEO in WordPress and made sure the image for Twitter was set. Fixed that too. I changed the image dimensions. I checked other blog posts that had tweeted without issue to see if there were differences. I changed the image to a square instead of a rectangle. I took a walk around the parking lot and thought about life.

If you’ve ever had this happen, take heart. It’s not you, it’s Twitter.


Clearing Twitter Image Cache

Grab that cache with both hands and make a stash …

My apologies to Roger Waters.

When you tweet a link to a post, Twitter saves a copy of the original source in its cache. Once you’ve done that, there’s no turning back. The only way you can get Twitter to use a revised source is to clear its cache (not your cache, Twitter’s cache). In this case, since I had not set a Featured Image and the image-free version was cached, I had to add a parameter to the post’s URL. I renamed the URL by adding a parameter (see below) and it was all good.

If you wish to change an image you’ve already set, you can simply change the Featured Image name. You can do this by going into your Media Library, selecting the image, and renaming it by adding a parameter to the image name. This is done by adding a question mark (“?”) and characters to the end of the image like “?ver2”).

You can double-check how the post will display by using the Twitter Card Validator. Insert your post’s URL and click the Preview Card button.


Have you ever had this happen to you? Did you come up with a different solution? If so, do tell — we’re all ears.

P.S. After all that buildup, you’re probably dying to read the post that inspired so much frustration. Here it is …
.”Ecommerce Store Mods Save Time & Money.” Enjoy!

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Ecommerce Store Mods Save Time & Money

Time is money

Need a custom ecommerce website without the custom price?

Let’s face it: your ecommerce store doesn’t function exactly the way you want it to. The bells and whistles you were counting on from your shopping platform or template didn’t quite materialize, you can’t fix it yourself, and you often feel frustrated and helpless. But who can afford a fully custom site like Amazon or Target? [Answer: Amazon and Target.] For a small business or startup, investing in improvements and resources is difficult, as your focus is often on money going out rather than the benefits coming back. We get it. But rather than “making do” and endlessly multitasking, what’s vital to your long term success is investing in customization and/or automation wherever you can. The ability to free up your time for more important things becomes invaluable — not to mention providing a good user experience for your customers.


Time vs. Money

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What is your time worth?


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Check out our Store Mod Marketplace

It’s like Inkblot Digital’s very own App Store!

  • Store Locator: help customers find your retail locations based on a radius of their address
  • Part Finder: enable customers to find a specific product quickly using a series of filters
  • Countdown Timer: display a sales timer to create sales urgency and get people to checkout
  • Auto Add-to-Cart: add a free gift to promote sales and encourage repeat business

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