WordPress: How to select a Featured Image for a post

WordPress comes with a Featured Image option for all posts. This is the image which will be used all over WordPress for that particular post. For example, your RSS feed, popular posts widgets, related posts and sliders.

You can set a Featured Image going to the post editing screen. Then look for the “Featured Image” box at the bottom right:

Note: If you do not select a Featured Image for a post, the first image in that post will be selected instead.

There is no perfect size for the Featured Image, as it depends on what size screen you are viewing your site from. Ideally, the image should be of landscape orientation rather than portrait. This will mean that the top of the image is not cropped …so your head is less likely to be chopped off 🙂

We recommend that the Featured Image should be 2048 pixels wide for best results. However, anything between 900 and 2048 pixels should work too.

By default, our themes do not add the Featured Image to your post content. This means that you can select choose a Featured Image that might not be included in your post, giving you more flexibility. If you would like the Featured Image displayed at the top of the post when viewed, you can enable this in the “Blog Post Options” tab in Appearance > Customize

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  1. millie

    Hi Phil,

    I do not understand why the featured image I have selected then does not show up onto my ‘about’ page when I press ‘publish’ ? Please could you advise, thank you v much

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Millie, this feature is for blog posts rather than pages. You can add images to pages by using the “Add Media” button at the top of the page editor (you can also use that for posts too).

  2. cindy

    Why is not my featured image not showing up on my wordpress blog “page”? all my pages the featured photo is not showing

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Cindy, would you be able to send me a link to one of the pages that is not showing featured images? Just to make sure I’m looking in the correct place.

  3. Maria

    Hi – when I published a post it used to feature my first photo above my -more- line. Since switching my new theme, the email only contains the text. How do I reset it so it includes a picture please?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Maria, which service do you use to send the emails? Most services will use your site’s RSS feed to display the content. I just checked your RSS feed and it is showing an image and short amount of text, which should work as you have described.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          That means you’re probably using the Jetpack plugin, which also uses the RSS feed too. It’s very strange that it is not working. You could try installing a plugin such as this to see if that fixes it for your next post. After installing the plugin, you can change some options to add an image to each post on the feed. It shouldn’t be required, but if it works it works.

  4. Maria

    Hi it’s actually the normal homepage list of blog photos that are blurry. It’s confusing me because they are all landscape and they aren’t blurry in the widget slider above. Any ideas? Thanks!

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