My article shows you what to do when your WordPress-featured image is not showing.
When creating content, it is easy to miss an essential task like uploading a photo or enabling an option.
My checklist helps you find why your blog post featured image is missing.
Let us begin.
WordPress Featured Image Not Showing
Have You Assigned A Featured Image To Your Blog Post?
WordPress has the option to assign a featured image to your blog post.
In the WordPress editor, click Featured Image.
Click Set Featured Image.
Select an image from the media library or upload a new one.
To upload, click Upload Files.
Complete the Alt Text and Title data fields. This data helps search engines index your image.
Once complete, click Set Featured Image.
You have successfully assigned a featured image to your blog post.
Click Update to confirm your changes.
Have You Enabled Featured Image On Your Theme
The Astra, Ashe, and Kadence themes have options to enable featured images for blog posts.
Hover your mouse over Appearance and click Customize to access the theme customizer.
How To Enable Featured Images On Ashe
Click Single Post.
Ensure Show Featured Image is set to Default or Enable.
Click Publish to update.
How To Enable Featured Images On Astra
Click Single Post.
Ensure the Eye icon next to Featured Image is enabled.
Click Publish to update.
How To Enable Featured Images On Kadence
Click Blog Posts.
Select Single Post Layout.
Ensure the Show Featured Image option is enabled.
Click Publish to update.
Enable Featured Image On Your Blog Post When Using Astra Or Kadence
How To Enable Featured Image On Your Blog Post When Using Astra
Click the Astra Settings tab.
Don’t check the Disable Featured Image option.
If you make a change here, select Update.
How To Enable Featured Image On Your Blog Post When Using Kadence
Select the Post Settings icon.
Scroll down to the Show Featured Image option.
Ensure this is set to Default or Enable.
After making changes, click Update.
Troubleshooting Other Common Featured Image Issues
In addition to the issue of the featured image not showing, there are several other problems that users may encounter when working with featured images:
- The featured image appears distorted or stretched: This can happen if the image you are using has a different aspect ratio than the designated featured image area. To fix this issue, try uploading one with the correct aspect ratio or use an image editing tool to crop or resize the image to fit correctly.
- The featured image appears cropped incorrectly: This can happen if the image you are using is too small or has an irregular aspect ratio. To fix this issue, try uploading one with the correct dimensions or use an image editing tool to crop the image so that it displays correctly.
Optimizing your Featured Images for Better Display
I share tips on optimizing your featured images to ensure that they display correctly and look attractive on your website.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Use the correct size and resolution: Make sure your featured images are the right size and resolution. If they are too small, they may appear pixelated or blurry. If they are too large, they may take longer to load and not fit in the designated featured image area.
- Use the appropriate file format: Different file formats have different characteristics and are best suited for different types of images. For example, JPEG is a good choice for photographs, while PNG is better for images with transparent backgrounds.
- Optimize for loading speed: Large images can slow down your website, which can be frustrating for users and may affect your search engine rankings. To improve loading speed, you can try compressing your images or using a plugin to optimize images automatically.
- Use descriptive and relevant file names: When you save your images, use descriptive and relevant file names that accurately reflect the image. Descriptive file names make it easier for search engines to understand what the image is about and may improve your search engine rankings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is My Header Image Not Showing In WordPress?
There could be several reasons your header image is not showing in WordPress. Some possible causes are:
- The image file is not in the correct format. WordPress supports image file formats such as JPEG, PNG, and GIF. It may not display correctly if your image is in a different one.
- The file name of the image contains special characters. WordPress can’t handle file names that contain certain special characters, such as spaces or punctuation marks. If your image file has characters, try renaming it using only letters and numbers.
- The image is too large. If your image file is too big, it may not display in WordPress. Try resizing the image to a smaller size and then uploading it again.
- If the image file has been corrupted or damaged, it may not display correctly in WordPress. In this case, you will need to try uploading a new copy of the image.
- The theme you are using does not support a header image. Some WordPress themes do not have the option to display a header image. If this is the case, you will need to choose a different theme that does support a header image.
If you still have trouble, try checking the WordPress support forums or consult a WordPress developer for further assistance.
How Do I Show Featured Products On WordPress?
To show featured products on WordPress, you need to use a plugin allowing you to create product listings and display them on your website.
Plugins available for this include WooCommerce and WPBakery Page Builder.
To use these plugins, you need to install and activate them on your WordPress site.
Once the plugin is activated, you can follow these steps to create and display a featured products section:
- Go to the plugin settings page and set up your products and product categories. Setting up involves adding product details, such as name, price, images, and product categories.
- Create a new page or post on your WordPress site where you want to display the featured products.
- In the editor for that page or post, add a “products” block provided by the plugin. Product blocks allow you to select and display the products you want to feature on your site.
- Use settings to customize the products. Such as the number of columns and the layout of the product information.
- Publish the page or post to save your changes and make the featured products section visible on your site.
How Do I Make A WordPress Featured Image Responsive?
To make a WordPress-featured image responsive, you will need to use a WordPress theme that supports responsive images.
Most modern WordPress themes are responsive, which automatically adjusts the size and layout of the images on your site to fit the size of the user’s device.
To ensure that your featured images are responsive, you will need to make sure that you are using a responsive WordPress theme.
You can check if your theme is responsive by looking for the “responsive” or “mobile-friendly” label in the theme’s description. Or by viewing your site on different devices to see if the images adjust to the screen size.
Once you have a responsive theme installed, you can set them up by going to the “Featured Image” section in the editor for each post or page.
The featured image is optimized and fits the width of the content area on your website.
If you have issues, try checking the WordPress support forums or consult a WordPress developer for further assistance.
If your featured images are not showing on your homepage, I recommend reading my checklist to review your settings.
Ensure you have assigned a featured image to each blog post. Review the global settings for your theme on the customizer. Ensure the Show the Featured image is activated.
Featured images are essential for your website. Check out my WordPress Featured Image: What It Is, Plus How to Use It Right article to learn more about featured images on WordPress.
I hope you found my article informative. If you have questions, please leave them below.
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