Category Thumbnail

Adds shortcode `[catthumb]` to embed a thumbnail image for a category.

Author:Pat Hawks (profile at
WordPress version required:3.5
WordPress version tested:4.2
Plugin version:1.5.0
Added to WordPress repository:26-02-2011
Last updated:28-03-2015
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[catthumb id="CategoryID" link="true"]

will find the most recent post in the specified Category with a featured image and return the thumbnail for that image. If link="true" is specified, the image will link to the category specified.

You can optionally search custom post types with the post_type attribute, and specify the thumbnail size with the size attribute. IE [catthumb id="CategoryID" link="true" post_type="restaurants" size="full"]

The plugin will only search featured images, not attached images. It will not look for images embedded in the post itself, or other attached images. If a category does not have any posts with featured images, this plugin will not return a thumbnail image, even if the category has posts with attached images.