I was wondering if there is a reason why the RSS feeds for blogs don't include the featured image for a post? We're using the RSS feed to generate emails using Digesto and it's become a pain point that we can't access the images that we upload for each post.
I'd imagine it could print out something like this, probably fairly easy to add to the feed as well because I'm guessing Hubspot has it developed in a way they can access the post data as an object.
Hi @marianberry , I'm sorry this has been costly for your clients 😣
@Joe_list Of course you can use any element you want to in HTML -- but here we're talking about people being unable to use the email tool in HubSpot to automatically pull in their featured blog image from WordPress (or similar). It's precisely because you can use whatever HTML you want to that we can't pull in the image reliably. For the email tool to be able to do that, you can't have the featured image element named whatever you want - the tool won't know what to look for. That's why it does actually need to be part of the RSS standard in order for us to include it, because as it is (not part of the standard), there's no way to reliably pull in the featured image from blogs hosted outside of HubSpot.
For anyone looking for a solution, I've heard customers have had success with this WordPress plugin.
The exclusion of the featured image in the RSS feed is deliberate because the concept of a featured image isn't part of the RSS feed standard (see http://www.rssboard.org/rss-profile for documentation of the standard), so when the feed is external, there's no universal way to identify the featured image for each post in an RSS feed. There seem to be some common ways people include featured images in the content:encoded element in their Wordpress (or other CMS') blog RSS feeds, but it can vary from blog to blog.
For now and the foreseeable future, we're going to stick with the RSS feed standard of not including the featured image in RSS feeds. We're always re-evaluting these types of product decisions based on the feedback we get from our customers, so if you disagree with this decision please comment here and let us know!
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