I don't usually begin lessons with quotes, but I don't have a great personal definition for the featured image feature of WordPress. Maybe that's because the featured image is sort of a feeling, according to some prominent sources.
WordPress.com says that a featured image represents the contents, mood, or theme of a post or page. According to wpbeginner.org, the Featured Image (also known as post thumbnail) is a WordPress theme feature which allows theme developers to add support for using a representative image for posts, pages, or custom post types.
However you define it, it's safe to say that the featured image is a prominent part of many if not most WordPress sites and that themes vary in how they display the featured image. But enough philosophizing. Here's how to set a featured image.
- Open a page or post with the editor
- Click the Set Featured Image button on the right side of the editor.
- Add the image that you want to feature.
- Add Alt Text, a Title, Caption and Description to the image (if you want to).
- Click the Select button, and you have a featured image. What, you thought there was more to do?