Setting Featured image in WordPress
WordPress allows you to add custom thumbnail or feature image for posts and pages. The use of this image will depend on the theme or plugin you are using. Some themes shows this image above the post title. You can see the example with this site itself. You can see image above the post title and also on the front page.
Other major importance is social sharing. If you are using any Facebook or Google plus sharing plugins, this feature image will be taken as the thumbnail. Some of the post slide plugins also take this image to show on the slide show. So you can see the importance of this image and the question is how to set this featured image ?
Login to your WordPress dashboard and open a new post editor or any existing post’s edit window. Scroll down and you can see the option “Featured Image” on the right side. In which click on the “Set featured image”.
A pop up window will open, you can select the image from your Media Library or Up load a new image. By default the window will show all your Media files like the screen shot below. Select the image you want to set as featured image or thumbnail. While selecting the image, images attachment details will be shown on the side. Don’t forget to fill them, as these details like Alt Text, Description plays a key role in image SEO. After filling these details click “Set Featured Image” button.
If you want to set a new image, then click on Upload files, then either drag and drop the image in to this window or click “Select Files”. Fill the image details and click “Set Featured Image” button.
Now your post or page is set with the thumbnail image. You can check the options in your theme or plugin to utilize this image. On most of the WordPress theme you can find a option Appearance >> Customize >> Single post/page. Check the following screen shot, which I taken from my theme. For enabling featured image on post or page just mark tick on the the field and save it.
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