Adding a Featured Image or Post Thumbnail
Adding a featured image, or post thumbnail, to your content is another optional extra in the process of publishing a WordPress post. However, these images can be a great way to decorate your blog posts and attract more readers to your content. This makes it a very worthwhile feature to make use of when creating new posts.
When it comes to understanding featured images, the best way is to think of them as a single image that represents the post.
Where that featured image will be displayed, is again controlled by the WordPress theme you are using. Common locations include above the post title; below the post title, but above the post content; on pages where posts are listed, such as the home page of your website; or anywhere else where a post is displayed on your site. The featured image might also be displayed in an RSS reader, to your subscribed who are viewing your content externally from your website. However, some themes don’t even display them at all.
By default, each WordPress post can have only one featured image. However, some themes, such as Avada, allow you to add multiple featured images to each post. These multiple featured images can then be displayed in various locations around your website.
However for the sake of consistency, we will work on the assumption that your theme includes support for just one featured image. So now that we know what they’re for, and why you might want to use then, let’s take a look at how to add a featured image to your posts.
The first step is to locate the Featured Image meta box on the post editor screen. Once you’ve found it, click on the Set featured image text to begin the simple process.
Clicking on the link will open up the WordPress Media Library. This library includes all the media files, such as images, that you’ve used on, or uploaded to your website.
Now, you can either select an existing image from the library, or upload a new file to your website for use as the featured image. Some bloggers choose to use an image that was included in the blog post as the featured image; while others prefer to select a new image that hasn’t been used elsewhere on your site.
If you want to use an image that is already in your media library, it’s simply a case of clicking on it and pressing the set featured image button.
If you’d rather upload a new image, then you can just drag and drop it from your computer, into the media library, and then set it as the featured image.
Now you should see that your chosen image is displayed in the appropriate meta box on your post editor screen. After the post has been published, it will then be displayed as part of the post (depending on your chosen WordPress theme).