WEBFI-WordPress-How to Add Featured Images in WordPress [Updated Guide!]

Featured images, also known as post thumbnails are a great tool for WordPress posts to have a wonderful display. These featured images are the primary image for a blog post that appears next to the heading on your homepage and social media. In this video, we’ll show you how to easily add featured images or post thumbnails in WordPress.


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To add a featured image, you would want to go into the post’s document options and when you scroll down there should be a section called featured image where you should be able to upload a new image or select an image that was already uploaded to your WordPress site. You would want to ensure your images are the same size to keep your images the same on the blog page.

If you are looking for images to add to your site, there are many different sites that you can get the images from. Below we have a few links of services we recommend with our referral links to ideally give you any active discounts for our recommendations:

Shutterstock: With their paid plan they offer access to tons of high-quality photos, illustrations, drawings, videos, and more. They are who we use for our WPBeginner site.

Unsplash: A popular resource for high-resolution images that you can use on your site and other projects.

Negative Space: A well-organized collection of copyright-free images

New Old Stock: An archive of vintage photographs from public archives

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  • Jeff Bongane on March 22, 2021

    Hey need help regarding wordpress menus cause mine is entirely different so I don't understand how to change it

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  • Ishrat Khan on March 22, 2021

    I am not able to set featured image in WordPress app…..
    I want to set featured image on my blog post through my mobile phone, but in the app there its showing " Can't upload media "
    Please help regarding this issue!

  • Magrodik on May 13, 2021

    Hi. I want a thumbnail for a post and it only work with featured image. But I don't want that image on the top. Can I somehow manage to have featured image on post when Its in list of articles ? please

  • Kilo-Lima on August 7, 2021

    I have the same theme on two different wordpress sites but only one lets me change the image. Any help?

  • Seb Dinatale on August 9, 2021

    Hi is the blank canvas theme better to use over the Astra theme?

  • Niamh Aughney on August 11, 2021

    I was looking for social media preview

  • nicomuse123 on September 17, 2021

    I'm having trouble, how do i make it so that the featured image only shows up on the "Posts" page and not show up on the actual article when you open it? I just want the image on the article title when scrolling through different posts. I don't want the featured image in the article itself. can someone help me?

  • Control C on October 6, 2021

    Thank you so much!

  • heyitsryrie on October 8, 2021

    whats the best featured image size to be looking the same both in iphone or ipad?

  • Michael Senkale on October 8, 2021

    can it be used on pages? I tried I didnt see result!

  • Aditya Savita on October 16, 2021

    Can I add a featured image on a specific page like Contact us or About us?

  • Ars Few on October 24, 2021

    Can I add video thumbnail instead of image?

  • Engr. Leth A on November 13, 2021

    I always use featured image … but with Astra Theme, it never showed the featured image when you share the URL and shows LOGO instead. Is the a solution to that? thanks for the answer 🙏

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