Assigning a Featured Image to a Post

Images make a website look a lot more interesting than long blocks of text. Some themes can automatically represent each post with an image in a grid or slider format by making use of Featured Images.

Example of Featured Images


In this example, the theme automatically represents each post with an image. You see this in the wide slider at the top of the page, the images in the Spotlight section, and the thumbnails in the sidebar. By assigning a Featured Image to your posts, your theme can display your content in very attractive and engaging layouts.

You Should Always Set A Featured Image

We recommend that you set a Featured Image for each and every post. Many social and and SEO plugins will use the Featured Image as the preview image on social media and search results. For best results, your image should be at least 1200 pixels wide and 630 pixels tall.

Learn how to control how your website appears in search and social media.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Upload an image


Assigning a Featured Image starts with uploading your image. You can do so by clicking the Add Media button above the post editor or clicking the Set featured image link in the Featured Image options box.

Hint: If you don’t see the Featured Image options box, make sure you have enabled it in the Screen Options.

The media uploader window appears. Select your image and upload it to your website.

Step 2: Set the Featured Image

After your image uploads, you can now set your Featured Image. Referring to the image above:

  1. Click on the Set Featured Image link in the media uploader window.
  2. Locate the image you uploaded by filtering by images uploaded to the post, or searching for the image name.
  3. Select the image by clicking on it.
  4. Click the Set Featured Image button.

Close the media uploader window and you should now see a thumbnail of the image in the Featured Image options box. Click Publish or Update to save your changes. You have now assigned a Featured Image for the post.

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