How to Add Featured Images or Post Thumbnails in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)

How to Add Featured Images or Post Thumbnails in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)

Do you want to add Featured images or Post Thumbnails in WordPress?

A Feature Image is a piece of information about the content of an image; typically about whether a certain region of the image has certain properties. Features may be specific structures in the image such as points, edges or objects. All popular WordPress themes come with built-in support for featured images.

Feature Images to your Content

As you have seen above, Featured images help you make your blog pages look more appealing.

They also help you build user engagement and increase page views. Search engines and social media websites may also use these images and display them in search results and social media news feed.

Mostly featured images are used for blog posts, but you can also set featured images for pages and custom post types.

Let just go straight to the point on how to add Image thumbnail on WordPress.

Featured Image or Thumbnail in WordPress

To add Thumbnail in a WordPress post, you need to write a new blog post, then click on the settings icon on your WordPress content

wordpress post setting icon

You need to click on the ‘Set Featured Image’ area, and this will bring up the WordPress media up loader popup.

Set Featured Image

You can upload an image from your computer or use an existing image from your media library. Once you select the image, simply click on the Set Featured Image button.

set thumbnail for wordpress

WordPress will now show a preview of the featured image in the right column. However, the actual featured image would look different depending on your WordPress theme.
You can now save or publish your post and preview it to see how the featured image will appear on your live website.

Depending on settings defined by your theme developer, your featured image will automatically appear with your posts.

FAQs About Featured Images in WordPress

What is the difference between the cover image and featured image?

Cover images are used in the content area of your posts or pages. They are normally used to separate different sections of a lengthy page or post.

Featured image is the representative image of an article. It does appear before or alongside the content but not inside the actual article.

How to display featured images next to recent blog posts?

The WordPress block editor comes with a ‘Latest Posts’ block which allows you to display recent posts with post thumbnails.

You can also display recent posts with thumbnails in sidebar widgets using Recent Posts Widget Extended plugin.

Why featured image is appearing twice on my posts?

Sometimes beginner add a featured image and then add the same image inside the content part of the post editor.

All you have to do is remove the image from the content area and only use featured image metabox to add featured image.

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