Featured Image

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.

  1. Open a page or post with the editor
  2. Click the Set Featured Image button on the right side of the editor.
  3. Add the image that you want to feature.
  4. Add Alt Text, a Title, Caption and Description to the image (if you want to).
  5. Click the Select button, and you have a featured image. What, you thought there was more to do?
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