How to Set Featured Image or Post Thumbnail in WordPress

In this tutorial we are going to see how how to set featured image or post thumbnail in WordPress.

What is Featured Image or Post Thumbnail in WordPress

In WordPress you can associate an image to the post or page which is called Featured Image or Post Thumbnail of that post or page.

Most WordPress plugins and themes uses this featured image to display it along with the post or page. This featured image is displayed by plugin and theme using the WordPress function the_post_thumbnail or get_the_post_thumbnail so the theme that you are using on your site should use any of these functions to display the featured images on your site.

In the following screenshot you can see how the WordPress default Twenty Sixteen theme uses featured image to display it along with post on posts listings page like blog page and on single post page.

Post With Featured Image
Post With Featured Image

If you have not set any featured image for the post then the Twenty Sixteen theme doesn’t display any image associated with the post as shown in the below screenshot so let’s see how to set featured image or post thumbnail in WordPress so that it will be displayed along with post.

Post Without Featured Image
Post Without Featured Image

How to Set Featured Image or Post Thumbnail in WordPress

You can set featured image or post thumbnail in WordPress by visiting the post or page edit screen and clicking on the link “Set featured image” as shown in the following screenshot.

Set Featured Image
Set Featured Image
Choose Featured Image
Choose Featured Image
After Setting Featured Image
After Setting Featured Image

If you don’t see the “Featured Image” metabox that contains the link “Set featured image” in post and page edit screen then you can enable it from the Screen Options by checking the option “Featured Image” as displayed in the following screenshot.

Enable Featured Image Option
Enable Featured Image Option

Helpful Plugins to Set Featured Image or Post Thumbnail in WordPress

There are various WordPress plugins like following that can help you to set Featured Images in your WordPress site.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/quick-featured-images/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/dynamic-featured-image/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/featured-image/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/featured-image-reminder/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/drag-drop-featured-image/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/autoset-featured-image/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-list-featured-image/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/codepress-admin-columns/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/bulk-select-featured-image/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/external-featured-image/

I hope you find this free tutorial helpful but if you have any questions regarding setting featured images in WordPress or any other WordPress question then feel free to ask it in our free WordPress support forum where i would like to answer you.

2 Comments


  1. Hello, my featured image is appearing within the posts, and I just want her to appear as a thumbnail. How do I do that?

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