How To Add A Featured Image To A Post In WordPress

In my post, I show you how to add a featured image to your blog posts, step by step. Featured images display at the top of your blog content. They also show when you share your content on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

My beginner’s guide walks you through from start to finish.

If you are new to WordPress, it feels like there is so much to learn. Yes, the learning curve is steep, but it is worth it. WordPress is a fantastic tool for building your website.

Let’s start adding your image.

Where To Add Your Image

In your blog post editor, there is a sidebar on the right. In that sidebar, scroll down until you find Featured image.

Featured image option in the WordPress editor

Click anywhere on the bar to open. Once open, select the Set featured image link.

Set featured image

Use an image from your media library or upload a new one.

Use an image from your media library or upload a new image

Before you add the image to your blog post, I recommend adding some details first. Complete the Alt Text and Title sections. Adding these details helps with ranking.

Alt text and image description

Once added, select the blue Set Featured Image link.

After a few seconds, your image displays in the sidebar.

Your featured image is set when you can view an image in the sidebar

Where Does The Featured Image Display On WordPress?

The featured image displays on blog post list pages. Here is my site’s homepage.

The images show on the left of my posts.

When a visitor clicks to read one of my articles, the image displays at the top of the page.

Image at the top of a blog post

How To Add Alt Text To WordPress Images

Alt-text helps get your images indexed in the search engines. If you are not sure yours has alt-text, it is easy to check.

First, click on your image to gain access to your media library. Once open, look at the section on the right. There is a space for your Alt-text.

Alt text

Add text and select the Set featured image link.

How To Add Text To A Featured Image

If you want to add text to your image, I recommend using Canva. Canva is a free online graphic design platform. To start, you need to open a free account.

Visit Canva’s homepage at (*Paid link).

Once you have your account, your dashboard looks like this.

Start typing Blog into the search box, and select Blog Banner from the suggested choices. Next, select Blank.

Blank blog banner

When you have your blank banner, it is time to upload your image. To do that, select Uploads from the menu on the left.

Upload an image to canva

After you upload your image, ensure the image fills the canvas by pulling your image.

Fill the canvas with your image

Select Text from the menu to add text to your image. Type your message. You can change the text size, font, and color from the toolbar on the top.

Once complete, select Download from the toolbar on the top-right. The image will download to your computer. Then return to your post and upload the featured image.

Download your image from Canva

Your Featured Image On Facebook

When you share your post URL to Facebook, Facebook searches for the post image. Here is my Facebook page. I have shared many of my blog posts here.

This is how Facebook displays featured images

Your Featured Image On Twitter

When you share your post URL to Twitter, it also searchers for the post image. Here is my Twitter page.

This is how Twitter displays featured images

What To Do If Twitter Doesn’t Show Your Featured Image

Occasionally, Twitter can’t fetch the featured image for a post.

Tweet with no image

After searching on Google for a solution, I found that you should pass your post URL through Twitter’s card validator before posting to Twitter. Put your post’s URL into the box. If Twitter can fetch your image, it shows on the right.

Twitter's Card validator

Since using this validator, I have never had a missing image on my tweets.


Now your posts and pages have beautiful featured images.

Before adding your featured images, I kindly ask for a few minutes of your time to leave me a comment. Did my post help you? Would you like me to go into more detail? Out of a score of five, what score would you give me? I want to build a website that helps people on their blogging journey. All feedback is appreciated.

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