SEO Friendly Images

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SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.

ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your image to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.

TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when mouse is over the image.


Installation & Usage

  1. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.
  3. Use the Options page to modify ALT and TITLE options.
  4. You are done, SEO Image does everything else

SEO Friendly Images options recognize two tags %title (post title) and %name (filename of the picture). By combining these two tags and additional words (photo, picture etc..) you can create relevant alt and title tags automatically for all images.

Here is a live example of the plugin (active on my blog). The image that has title and alt replaced with "%title" and "%name %title" respectively resulting in "SEO Friendly Image" for title and "example SEO Friendly Images" for alt.


There is one additional option called 'Override default WordPress alt'. If you uploaded pictures to your blog posts already and haven't specified a description WordPress would automatically add a default alt tag in form of image.jpg. Since SEO Friendly Images replaces only empty or non-existing alt tags, this would be left intact unless this option is turned on.


v2.4: Regexp Optimization. Fixed bug with single quotes used in images.

v2.3.2: WP 2.7 cleanup

v2.3: Fixes an issue with poorly formatted img tag

v2.0: Fixed compatibility issue with WordPress 2.5.1 and included %category replacement string.

May 20th, 2008 v1.20

* Compatibility with WordPress 2.5.1 and support for %category.

Mar 6st, 2008 v1.1

* Bug fix with quotes in titles

Mar 1st, 2008 v1.0
* Initial release

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  1. Jan 4th, 2014 1:03 PM

    a very interesting plugin to use.
    i really liked it. will surely write a positive review on my website :D

  2. Dec 30th, 2013 9:54 PM

    I have just enable this plugin for my website Hope it works like it should!

  3. Dec 12th, 2013 1:14 AM

    awesome plugin
    i really liked it

  4. Dec 4th, 2013 12:04 AM

    Thank you for your help in advance... I liked this article

  5. Oct 28th, 2013 8:49 AM

    Hi, what is the different between free version and premium?
    Is the any possibility to make ALT image with %tag?


  6. Oct 20th, 2013 7:49 PM

    Hi i allready using this plugin, so amzing, look auto generate alt my images, please come to my website and see it.. it work. Thank Q Prelovac

  7. Sep 17th, 2013 5:20 AM

    in my site not work i use wp 3.4.2

  8. Jul 14th, 2013 12:03 PM

    your plugin very powerfull, its work believe me

  9. Jul 7th, 2013 12:37 AM

    A lot of people have posted that this plugin is not working for them despite the high hopes - yet I've not seen a single reply from you to assist any of them. Is this plugin unsupported? Do you have a 'pay for support' option for those having trouble getting it to work in their WP installation? This plugin could save me a whole lot of time...if I could get it to work!

  10. Rita
    May 13th, 2013 3:56 PM


    I tried to use this plugin for woocommerce product pics, but it doens't work. Is this plugin doesn't compatible with woocommerce? It would be really great if I could use it for optimalizing product's images.

    Thank you for your help in advance,


    • Jan 26th, 2014 11:05 PM

      Up ! 2.7.6 Does not work with Woocommerce 2.0.8
      Does someone have an idea of the problem ? The overriding option are on, but have no effect.

  11. Apr 24th, 2013 9:47 PM

    Is there some way to add ALT and TITLE to featured images (thumbs) too?
    This plugin adds alt and title to my posts but on my homepage are featured images.


  12. Apr 5th, 2013 9:34 AM

    Building my website to advertise my PAT Testing business has been hard work, and being a relative novice to seo has made progress even harder but what has been a major benefit to me is coming across excellent plug ins such as SEO friendly images which make it so easy for optimising the images I put on the site. It's so good I tell others about it too - thank you for making this free plug in

  13. Mar 9th, 2013 7:34 PM

    Hi, could you update the plugin such that if ALT is available, it will not overwrite it? I think this plugin is great when you don't have time to enter the individual ALT tags and have the plugin fill in the blank ones, but would love to have the option to use individual ALT tags when it is available.

    Thanks for your hardwork!

  14. Jan 22nd, 2013 7:56 PM

    a very interesting plugin to use, and after I try it on my website, first it must be understand its usage to be more optimal in their use

  15. Jan 15th, 2013 5:56 AM

    It is very good, i have applied for my website. I'm using Hostgator, it can affect the supperbanned???

  16. Dec 25th, 2012 9:06 PM

    I activated SEO Friendly Images but it is not working. The pictures on my blog still have their original titles. The Alternate Texts, Captions and Descriptions are still blank.
    You mention that if Descriptions were not initially specified, you have to turn on 'Override default WordPress alt'.
    1) Do I need to turn on 'Override default WordPress alt'?
    2) If yes, how do I turn on 'Override default WordPress alt'?
    3) You also suggest creating an account with Google Webmaster Central and enabling enhanced image indexing option. I don't see how to enable the enhanced indexing option.

    I am VERY NON-TECHNICAL (usualy my web designer handles this but she is off work for the next two weeks). I'd appreciate any suggestions in very simple, easy to understand, easy to follow terms.

    Thanks in advance


  17. Nov 4th, 2012 7:12 AM

    awesome plugin. i really liked it. will surely write a positive review on my website :D

  18. Sep 30th, 2012 11:47 PM

    Hi there,

    I am actually not sure if I understand how this plugin should work (and whether it does...).
    At the moment when I load a new picture the Title and ALT fields are not being filled out. Also, the old pictures still have the old Title and ALT (which is good).
    Is that right? When is the plugin supposed to do something? (Oh, yes, I do have the Override default WordPress on)

  19. habteweld
    Sep 26th, 2012 8:01 AM

    one'c a good name rimans above the grave

  20. Javi
    Sep 24th, 2012 9:29 PM

    With the last update, there is a bug. The plugin doesn't work, the plugin doesn't change correctly the title of images.

    Please, check and fix it!


    • pk
      Oct 4th, 2012 5:18 AM

      I do hope this gets fixed I was having alt image problems (totally wrong alt text being added to images) and as soon as I deactivated this plugin all the alt text problems were resolved. But now I have a lot of images that do not have descriptions. I'd love to see this plugin updated too.

  21. Aug 19th, 2012 5:02 AM

    Very cool plugin. Figuring out all of this SEO stuff is not easy; your plugin has made my internet life simple. Thanks again.

  22. Jul 21st, 2012 6:18 PM

    good information
    and illustrating thoughts
    thanks dude

  23. Jun 11th, 2012 6:32 PM

    I wonder if you can make the plugin sanitise filenames in such a way that capitalise the first letter of each word, or at least the first word, and remove the additional dash and number from filenames with similar names ending with "-#". I've been applying this system manually on my own blog, and I would very much like to adopt your plugin while keeping the standard I've already adopted. Any chance of that happening?

  24. Neutron
    May 15th, 2012 5:23 AM

    Hi I just installed it and followed all the instructions to activate it, but when I look into my media library it didn't add the ALT description and title, is there something else I should activate?

    n let me know if the plugin is running well .. :)

    • May 15th, 2012 7:03 AM

      The changes happen on the fly when a post is displayed not in the media library.

      • Neutron
        May 16th, 2012 5:20 AM

        but nothing happens: Images without alt tags (alt="") remain as they have been. Is there something I did wrong?

  25. May 2nd, 2012 4:30 AM

    It works as advertised. But I have a feature request. Some of my images have very specific Title/Alt tags already. Yeah, OK, you got me... I'm just as lazy as the next guy and so many are missing one or the other... or both. But, rather than brutally forcing the plugin Title/Alt tags, I would really like an option to only use the plugin Title/Alt tags if the image Title/Alt tags are null. In other words, if something exists already, the plugin shouldn't overwrite. Make sense? Thanks! :-)

    • May 2nd, 2012 8:02 AM

      This should be the default behaviour, at least in the Premium version :)

    • tomojreh
      May 21st, 2012 8:24 AM

      Hi Jeff, do you get a solution?

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