What is WordPress featured image?

A book is judged by its cover, right? We are able to get a sneak peek of what is inside the book by its cover. The WordPress featured image is just like that. They are images that are used to represent the page. Mostly, these images are used as thumbnails.

If you don’t specify a featured image, the first image in your blog will be automatically assigned as the featured image. Also, these images are used when you share your link to other websites or social media. So it is important to add a good featured image.

Sometimes there are chances that your theme doesn’t allow featured image. Then you will have o manually set the featured image box. You can add the featured image by using a code

add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );

Once you have setup the featured image box, you can easily add one.

What should be the size of the featured image?

The preferred featured image size is 1200 x 628. But you can customize the image to appear in different sizes. This can be done by configuring it in the admin panel of WordPress under media settings.

You can set them as thumbnail, small, medium or large size.

It is better to add a medium sized featured image if you have a lot of contents in it. In some themes, we an notice that the featured image will be automatically set as the blog banner. Featured images are also set as Twitter cards.

twitter card featured image

How to set up a featured image in a blog?

Featured image is setup in a blog from the side bar.

wordpress featured image

You can add an image that fits from the gallery. It is important to note that you should choose a 2:1 ratio if the preview image is expected to be used as a blog banner too.

As said, the featured image will be the first impression for a user before reading your blog. So it is important to keep it attractive and informative.

featured image in wordpress

Points to note when designing a featured image

  • Aligns the theme of your website
  • Informative about the post or page
  • Elements are visible enough
  • Avoid misleading images
  • Use high-quality images
  • Avoid copyrighted images

It is important to have a featured image when you are promoting your website to social media channels and also it will enhance your click rate. It will also add a professional look to your blog.

WordPress allows you to easily add a featured image in your blog. So why wait try it now.

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