I have recently designed a website with no img tags, only one big fat CSS sprite with everything in it. Though, when I try to publish that website on Facebook, it won't show a preview thumbnail — probably because it doesn't find any images on the markup. Any suggestions? I'd still like to keep it a super fast img-less website, nevertheless.

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Facebook uses a proprietary link type called image_src:

<link rel="image_src" href="location/of/image" />

Just insert that in your <head> and Facebook should be able to pick up on the image.

If you're also interested, Facebook also recognizes two other rel values: audio_src and video_src. See here for more.


I would suggest this reading

How to Get Your Website Preview Thumbnail to Show Up on Facebook Share

Google is your friend :)

It all resumes to add a meta info to your code as:

<link rel="image_src" href="http://site.com/website-thumb.jpg" />

and try not to make that image more than 250px wide.

  • Indeed it is. :)
    – John Conde
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 15:16

Replace your <html> tag with <html prefix="og: http://ogp.me/ns#">

Add the given meta tag inside your head tag.

    <meta property="og:title" content="TITLE TO BE DISPLAYED"/>
    <meta property="og:image" content="IMAGE URL"/>
    <meta property="og:description" content="DESCRIPTION"/>  

Title and description are optional in your case. This will work for sites utilizing open graph protocol.

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