add a featured image to WordPress

How To Add Featured Images To WordPress

In my post, I show you how to add featured images to WordPress.

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.

Let’s start.

Where To Add Featured Images

In your blog post editor, there is a sidebar on the right.

In the sidebar, scroll down to the Featured image option.

Featured image option in the WordPress editor

Open, and 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 adding the image to your blog post, I recommend adding some details.

Complete the Alt Text and Title sections. Adding these details helps with ranking.

Once added, click Set Featured Image.

Alt text and image description

The featured 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.

When visitors click an article, the featured 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 images indexed in search engines.

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 the Alt-text.

Alt text

Add alt-text and select the Set featured image link.

How To Add Text To An Image

If you want to add text to your image, I recommend using Canva.

Canva is a free online graphic design platform.

Create a free account 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. Click 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. Return to your post and upload the image.

Download your image from Canva

Featured Images On Facebook

When you share your post URL to Facebook, Facebook searches for the post image.

This is how Facebook displays featured images

Featured Images On Twitter

When you share your post URL to Twitter, it also searches for the post image.

This is how Twitter displays featured images

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

Occasionally, Twitter doesn’t display the featured image for a post.

Tweet with no image

Use Twitter’s card validator before posting to Twitter.

Put your post’s URL into the box. If Twitter can fetch your featured image, it shows on the right.

Twitter's Card validator


Now your posts and pages have beautiful featured images.

Large images slow down your website. Visit my ShortPixel Image Optimizer For WordPress article to learn how I optimize my website images.

Make your blog posts more user-friendly by adding images. Visit my How To Add Images To WordPress Posts article to learn more.

I hope you found my article informative. If you have any questions, please leave them below.



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