I thought I had found the solution here http://forum.pagelin.../?hl=first imag and I do appreciate the answer as it fit the question perfectly but it didn't solve my complete problem.
I'm using dms and this plugin http://wordpress.org...-sitewide-tags/
The plugin transfers post from the child blog (multisite) to the main blog along with the html to display any images from within the post itself.
I don't typically use images within the post - instead I use the featured image which is what dms uses to display images in the excerpts of the blog list and magazine style list.
The solution from the first link above enabled me to use an image within the post in the excerpt and that's great. The problem is there is no image thumb in the rapid tabs widget.
The plugin developer says "The images themselves are not copied. The html image tag of the featured post is added to the post meta in the tags blog." and then says, "see http://wpmututorials...-sitewide-tags/ for info on getting thumbnails to display on the tags blog." which says I have to add this code, "<?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?>" to the theme.
Is this possible and how do I do it?
I'm assuming this will also display the featured image in the rapid tabs widget - at the very least I am hoping it will display the featured image properly in the excerpts of the main blog vs the <img> tag solution because it doesn't display the same without editing the css which because of my lack of experience with selectors (which I'll figure out eventually) whatever changes I have made so far affect all the other images in the site.
I can use the plugin as it - but my goal is uniformity of appearance across the network so if we could get this featured image to display using this plugin that would be awesome. But I'm having a feeling that without manually entering it on the post in the main blog it still isn't going to work with the rapid tabs widget.
Thank you and sorry for the trouble.