add a featured image to WordPress

In my post, I show you step by step how to add a featured image to your blog posts. The featured image displays at the top of your blog content and shows 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. I also show you how to fix images not showing on Twitter.

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

Let’s start adding your image.

Where to add your image on your blog post

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

To set your image, you have the choice of using an image from your media library or you can upload a new image.

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

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

Alt text and image description

Once the details are 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?

If you have set your latest posts to show on your homepage, a thumbnail of your image displays with your post. 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 an image on WordPress

Alt-text is important because it helps get your images indexed in the search engines. If you are not sure if your image has alt-text, don’t worry, 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

If the space is blank, add your text and select the ‘Set featured image’ link.

How to add text to a featured image

If you would like to add text to your image, then I recommend Canva. Canva is a free online graphic design platform. To start using Canva 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

To add text to your image, select ‘Text’ from the menu. Type your message, you can change the text size, font, and color from the toolbar on the top.

Once you have finished adding your text, select ‘Download’ from the toolbar on the top-right. The image will download to your computer, after that, go back to your post and upload the featured image to your post.

Download your image from Canva

Your 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 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 do you do if Twitter doesn’t show your image?

I don’t know why, but occasionally, Twitter can’t fetch the featured image for the post.

Tweet with no image

After searching on Google for a solution, I found out 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 I have been using this validator, I have never had a missing image on my tweets.


By following my beginner’s guide, your posts and pages will have beautiful featured images. To add text to your image, I recommend using Canva, a free online graphic design tool.

If you are new to WordPress, use my tutorials to do start finding your way around the editor. It is important to get hands-on experience.

Before you go to add your featured images, I kindly ask 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 really appreciated.

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