How to Set a Featured Image


Featured images are an integral part of many themes. Often they can help determine a thumbnail for a featured post, or they can help represent posts that contain embedded video, but no other associated images. Now in the backend of WordPress, in the post editor, there’s an option in the bottom right to set a featured image. Click that, and then when prompted either upload an image from your computer, use a URL, or choose one from your media library. Now when you have your image chosen, instead of clicking “Insert into post” as you would normally, select the option just to the right, “use as featured image”. [screenshot below] Voila, now your post will have this image associated with it, whenever a thumbnail is needed.

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Thad is a photographer, designer and developer who embraces the evolution of storytelling on the web. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abby.

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  • Mary Pitkin

    For SEO reasons.. images should have something in the “alt” field. Preferably a keyword.

    • http://graphpaperpress.com Graph Paper Press

      Yup! Thanks for pointing that out.