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(BIM) Topic Thumbnail 4.6.8

$16 · Renewal Term: $7/6 months

   (23 reviews)

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Main Features:

  • Display thumbnails of topics in the main forum view. Topic's authors or member groups that you specify can change thumbnails. They can choose a thumbnail from images in topic content, external URL, or upload from computer.
  • Ability to generate the thumbnail from Youtube,  Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Wistia.
  • Using Ajax, no need to reload the page after changing the thumbnails.
  • Support "Gallery View Mode" with big images in a responsive grid. (credits to Masonry)
  • Widget to display new topics with thumbnails.
  • Option to replace Forum Icons with Topic Thumbnail.
  • Thumbnails in search results, activity.
  • Permissions for viewing and changing thumbnails.
  • A Toggle Show/Hide for members.
  • Support IPS Clubs.

Live Demo: https://demo.ipsviet.com/forums/

Edited by onlyME

What's New in Version 4.6.8   See changelog



  • Og:image meta not work.
  • Duplicated topics.

Support: via Private Message

Settings: Admin CP -> Community -> Forums -> Settings > Topic Thumbnail (the button on top right)


User Feedback

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Joel R

   15 of 15 members found this review helpful 15 / 15 members

I bought this plugin on a whim this weekend, and installed it less than 3 minutes ago, and I LOVE IT.  I love, love, love this plugin.  I've been a big fan of other mods and applications by @onlyME such as his Chatbox and Videobox, but this is probably my most favorite plugin now in the entire Marketplace.  I love this.  For any image-centric board that depends on a lot of photography or imagery, this plugin is a MUST.  

This plugin offers four methods where you can add thumbnails (and I wish the description better explained this)

  1. Gallery Mode - Turns your entire forum's topic view into a Pinterest / Masonry-style layout.  So instead of a list of topics in the traditional grid view, you now have a much more colorful and image-oriented display of your topics.  
  2. Topic Thumbnail - If you don't like the gallery mode for your forum topics and thinks the change is too much, then the topic thumbnail is a more suitable solution.  It adds a small thumbnail to every topic's title, and really helps the topic view become 'alive' with imagery.  
  3. Forum Icons - If you want forum icons to use on your forum category view, then this plugin will dynamically generate those icons.  What I haven't tested is if you update a topic inside a forum, then whether or not the forum icon will change.  In any case, I'm not personally using this since I added my own custom forum icons via the built-in forum settings.
  4. Widget - This was really thoughtful.  You can add a widget to replace the boring IPS widgets (which shows user avatars) with this one, which shows the topic icon.  This is a much more useful indicator of the topic.  

At first I was kind of hesitant since the plugin costs $15, but now that I see how much this plugin offers I think it's an incredible value.  It can actually change the entire face of your community.  

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Fantastic addition to my community.   Simple to install, easy to setup and get running.  onlyME as usual is very fast in their responses.  Completely happy with this plugin.

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Chris Bell

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

excellent product, I'd buy from this developer again without thinking twice (i actually did :) )

very conscientious, excellent response with first class support!



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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Simply the best add-on here for me. Exactly what I wanted and needed

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

upload thumbnail in new topic of forums is not working in 4.6.3 system please fix this hurry.

thank you.

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Excellent work, excellent support!

Every time you surprise me!

Only five stars for you

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Very pleased with this plug-in, and especially the support provided by @onlyME

He patiently helped me set it up and get it going -- and it makes a huge difference in engaging the user, similar to how a topic preview works -- as the old saying goes "a picture is worth 1000 words" and this plug-in does that.

I was so impressed that I had him create a similar custom plug-in for Pages records used in articles or other content databases and displayed on category record listings and Feeds. 

My users LOVE this whole visual preview of content and I'm seeing more interaction and use!  Well done!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Absolutely brilliant plugin. Deffo recommend it to everyone. You need this in your forum!! Have been looking for something like this for a while and was pointed to this by fellow members, and it's exactly what I needed! Very configurable too, and well, have I said it's perfect? Buy it! Thanks onlyME for creating this wonderful plugin mate!


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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Very nice layout for a more visual look rather than the traditional text based layout.

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   0 of 3 members found this review helpful 0 / 3 members

While onlyME was very responsive with support, the plugin ultimately had to be uninstalled and onlyME's access revoked.

I fear there may not have been enough testing on high traffic sites, enabling this plugin caused many very slow queries which ultimately crashed my entire site. To get the site back I needed to kill nginx and then disable the plugin using a query. Each time this happened it was properly catastrophic with totally unresponsive site and difficulty connecting to the database.

On the final crash onlyME accessed the admincp and enabled the plugin after being asked not to and it took 20 mins to get the site back again. 

I simply cannot recommend this plugin to anybody with a busy site. 

I'm sorry for the bad review onlyME but I dont want others wasting their money on this as I did.


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This is great apart from the fact the thumbnails don't work within clubs in mobile view. Can this get fixed? 

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Best $15 I’ve spent on the marketplace another brilliant application from @onlyME. I use this for two forums that members share pictures to and I also use it as forum icons for all the forums because why not use new content as an icon. This has definitely brought a new feel to the forum section. I don’t allow members to upload a thumb it’s only if they post content it will be used as thumb. Thanks again for another game changing application. 





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Excellent application that does wonders for making a forum look completely different.  Takes a little bit of effort pre-posting to make sure you have all images in place and importantly, the same size to ensure continuity. This is definitely one to buy and support is fantastic; brilliant!

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DON"T Think Twice to BUY. You will not regret to BUY this :)

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If your community is based on, requires and/or relies on images, this plugin is necessary. I couldn't  live without it. It makes everything much more appealing to users. I'm using both versions, for IPS3 and IPS4.  

I specially like that search results include the featured image in the lists. This way searches no only look more real,  but users can find what they are looking for much faster. Of course, as long as your community requires a lot of visual content like mine. 

The widget for IPS4 was like an easter egg. There is nothing similar like this in IPS3. Only that widget is worth the money, since again it adds more visual content to your sidebar and everything has a different look than using the regular topic field.

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