Display Automatic Post Thumbnail Images On Blogger's Blog Homepage Without Javascript

With a little tweak in your Blogger blog's html, you can easily display automatic thumbnails in post summaries on your blog's homepage when viewed on PC (desktop view). No need for any javascript nor complex css customization.

The tweak will enable the display of thumbnails automatically generated from images used in your posts on your homepage, while the full-sized images display on post pages.

Post Thumbnails will make your blog look fine if you are using the Blogger Jump break feature to add "read more.." option to your blog posts. Below is a screenshot of a post excerpt on my blog with a post thumbnail aligned to the right and also with a "read more" icon.

How To Add Post Thumbnails To Blogger Homepage

==> Log in to www.blogger.com
==> Back up your blog template
==> Go to "Template" > "Customize" > "Advanced" > "Add CSS"
==> Copy and paste the code below in the css window:

 .postthumb {
padding: 5px;
border: 1px solid #eeeeee;
-moz-box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px rgba(0, 0, 0, .1);
-webkit-box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px rgba(0, 0, 0, .1);
box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px rgba(0, 0, 0, .1);

==> Click "Apply to Blog"
==> Click "Back to Blogger"
==> Go to "Template" > "Edit HTML"
==> Click inside the HTML editor

==> Use CTRL F to find the second <data:post.body/>  in your blog's HTML

==> Copy the code below, directly above the second <data:post.body/>

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "index"'>
<b:if cond='data:post.thumbnailUrl'>
<img class="postthumb" expr:src ="data:post.thumbnailUrl" expr:alt="data:post.title"/>

==> Save your template

==> View the homepage of your blog and you should see the post thumbnails appearing on each post excerpt.

NOTE: There must be an image in your post and you must have added the read more option to your post.

I hope it works for you.


James said…
I will try it once I get on PC. Thx Jide
Timely tips. Thanks for sharing
Jide Ogunsanya said…
Ok James. No prob
Jide Ogunsanya said…
You're welcome
Godwin Odey said…
Bro you would have captured the way it is on you blog, the image you uploaded above is not enough indication on how it is going to look when this code is inserted. What i saw in the image above is just a post which you have written before now. A demo view would have been better for better understanding. Nice post though
Jide Ogunsanya said…
I don't understand you. The screenshot is enough to let you know what post summary thumbnail is.
Hi Jide,Great post here..Please i need your insight on this.I deposited my very first Adsense check into my Gtb Domiciliary Account more than 3 weeks ago.Please how do i know the funds have been credited to my Dorm Account? Will they(GTB) send me an alert as is the norm with my other accounts or how do i know the Check have been cleared and payment lodged into my account.secondly, Can How do i withdraw the money from my Domiciliary Account? Thanks and God Bless you for speedy response..

NB: I would have visited the Bank for these Details but i am just recovering from a surgical Operation...
Adebayo Ariyo said…
Is this code working for anyone? This is the error response i keep

getting "Invalid variable declaration in page skin: Variable name

must not be declared twice. Input: textcolor".
Jide Ogunsanya said…
If you've activated SMS/Email alerts on your dorm account, you will receive the alert. From the payments page of your Adsense account, you can know when it clears. To withdraw, go to the bank, pick up and fill the dorm account withdrawal slip.
Jide Ogunsanya said…
If you follow the steps carefully, you won't get any error. Are you using a third party template?
Adebayo Ariyo said…
Yea, am using a third party template and I already have the "read

more" hack. I just like it to look a lot neater.
Jide Ogunsanya said…
Some customization in your third party template might be causing the problem. You might need to reset the post widget.
am new to blogging, when ever I post my news to my facebook and someone clicks on it facebook pop up a msg saying the site is a scam....plz how can I correct this.thank
This will be of help to bloggers using default templates but customized template like the one am using on openinformations blog automatically pic the first picture used in my posts as tumbnail on homepage.
hello jide how are you today i want to appreciate you for your post on this i have tried this but sir my background is dark and i can read my post see it www.nairamind.com
Jide Ogunsanya said…
scam or spam? Mail me bro..
Jide Ogunsanya said…
I am not seeing any dark background on your blog bro.
Jide Ogunsanya said…
Yeah, some third-party templates were coded to work like that.
Daniel chinaza said…
Thanks for the tip but the image did not appear on the right hand side like yours instead it was appearing on the left. Please how do i fix this
Jide Ogunsanya said…
In the first code, change the "float" from left to right.
toby allen said…
Thanks, it worked fine for my blog, Inforisticblog
Alfred Dennis said…
please jide, hw can i fix my blog posts showing twice?? both on homepage and individual post view.
pls help me.