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This post is cross-posted from Live with Google, a blog dedicated to Google news, tips and tutorial.

This is a quick post explaining a quick fix to Google’s Blogger post thumbnail missing error that apparently many users have been facing in the past few days. If you use Google’s Blogger for your blog and you have noticed that your post thumbnails are not showing up despite you making absolutely no change to the template of your blog; don’t worry, it’s not just you.

Without going too deep into the technical details of what is causing this issue, let’s just say how to fix this.

Note that the issue is specific to new posts, as you may have already noticed. Your old posts will still have their thumbnails. If they aren’t there, then you probably have a different problem than the one I’m going to fix here.

First of all, make sure that at least one of the images used in your blog post is directly uploaded using Blogger Post Editor. If all of the images are linked from an external source, a thumbnail will not be generated.

If you have uploaded an image and that’s still not showing up in the homepage of your blog, do the following:

  • Open up the post for editing that is missing a thumbnail.
  • Near the top left of the post editor, you’ll notice there’s a switcher. Click “HTML”.  You will now see the raw HTML version of your post.
  • Now find the image that you have uploaded (it should usually be the first one). And replace https:// with http:// (remove the s). Make sure to do it after the src=" tag. The same URL may also show up after href=" tag, you don’t have to worry about that. Just make sure src="https:// is replaced with src="http://.
  • Click Update to publish the changes.
  • Now go visit your homepage. Do a hard refresh (Control + F5 or Shift +F5) to clear any caches. You should be seeing the thumbnail now.

While it doesn’t take much of an effort to fix the issue, it shouldn’t be there in the first place. A quick look over Google’s product forum revealed that a lot of other Blogger users are experiencing the same issue. That gives me a hint that the issue will be fixed by Google soon. But while they are working on it, you shouldn’t have to wait. Just apply this simple fix to each of your new post and your blog will look just fine.

If for some reason that fix is not working for you, please do let me know and post in Google Product Forums. You may also find a few threads already discussing this issue.

So, did that fix your issue?

Post Script: Things like this is one of the many reasons why I choose to blog on WordPress. There are so many WordPress developers out there that you will always find a solution to an issue. But with Blogger, it’s almost always dependent on Google. I don’t know how many “Blogger developers” are out there, but they are definitely tough to find.

This specific case is different because it’s a widespread issue. But if you use a template and you run into issues with that template, I’ve seen that it’s going to cause enough headache to finally switch to a new template. With WordPress, because all themes use the same type of code (actions, hooks, etc) and because there are so many WordPress developers out there, fixes are easy to find. That’s one of the things I love about being with WordPress.

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