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Featured Images

Featured Images will boost your reader engagement, improve your click-through rates and help you improve your ranking on search engines - they give context to users and search engines alike.
Machined has built-in functionality to add featured images to your cluster articles.

Configuration

Pexels Configuration

Pexels is provided out-of-the-box with Machined, there is no additional configuration. Enjoy!

Unsplash Configuration

Unsplash requires that you provide your own API key.
To configure Unsplash:
  1. 1.
    Create an Unsplash account
  2. 2.
    Sign up for the API (create an app)
  3. 3.
    Add your Access Key to Machined in the global configuration
The Unsplashed free tier is rate limited to 50 requests per hour, if you exceed your rate limit, the integration will stop working until your limit has been reset.

DALL-E 3 Configuration

DALL-E 3 is a part of the OpenAI ecosystem and uses the same API keys that are used for writing articles - therefore there is no additional configuration required.
You can optionally control the aspect ratio and size of the generated images from the global configuration.

Usage

You can manually add featured images to your articles by clicking on the image placeholder/icon within the cluster view, then either uploading an image from your computer or selecting an image using one of the third-party integrations.
You can configure machined to automatically add featured images to your articles when they are written by enabling the "Featured Image" feature at the cluster level.
Note: This only works for third-party integrations and cannot be used with local files.

Removing Images

If you have generated featured images for your articles but want to remove them, it's pretty easy to do so.
  1. 1.
    Navigate to your cluster
  2. 2.
    Click the featured image of the article
  3. 3.
    On the Featured Images popup, click "Clear" on the "Preview" tab

Notes

Caption and Alt Text

Machined handles both the caption and the alt text for featured images. Machined will automatically set both fields when using third-party integrations but are left blank when uploading your own file.
For stock photo integrations:
  • The alt-text will be set to the focus keyword of the article
  • The caption will be set to a relevant text like "Photo by John Doe from Pexels"
For AI image integrations:
  • The alt-text will be set to the focus keyword
  • The caption will be set to a default text like "Image by DALL-E 3"
You can modify the caption and alt-text from the Preview tab

Publishing to WordPress

When an article with a featured image is published to WordPress, the featured image is uploaded as a media file and then attached to the post as a featured image. The image is uploaded with both the caption and alt text.

Unsplash Rate Limits

Unsplash free tier is rate limited to 50 requests per hour, if you exceed your rate limit, the integration will stop working until your limit has been reset.