What we now call featured image was once called thumbnail. The system remains the same, but for some updates, the design has changed slightly. Today, we will discuss deeply the featured image in WordPress. So let’s start:
If you’re new to WordPress, you’ve probably noticed the Featured Image dialog box at the bottom right of your article page. In this area you select an image that you want to feature, it’s a way of telling WordPress, and social media, that the image is special. That’s why it’s called a featured image, and should be used as the default image for all links that use an image in WordPress.
If you do not select an image to be featured, an image will be selected by default, from your website. This can generate misunderstandings because the automatically selected image will probably have nothing to do with it.
Featured Image: Visitors’ First Contact
Setting a featured image will ensure that your post contains the featured image when it is linked to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social platforms.
Unfortunately, we all sometimes forget, occasionally, of course, to insert this image which should appear on the front page of an article, too often by the way. Today we’ll go over several plugins that will save you from this oversight.
Your current theme may not use this kind of image, but if you don’t set it for each of your posts when changing the theme. You might have to do a bit of coding, or a tedious manual insertion.
Therefore, it is good practice to add a front-page image to each article, especially if your blog is an online magazine type. The plugins below will help you define a featured image for each of your articles.
Setting Featured Image Manually
To set the featured image manually, first, you need to open your block editor. There you will find an option “Featured Image”. Then click on the ‘Set Featured Image’ link. After clicking on the link you will get the option to upload a featured image.
You must keep the image size in your mind. The best size of the featured image in WordPress is 1200 x 628 pixels which are also known as default size.
Best Featured Image Plugins with Proper Size in WordPress
Require Featured Image
Require Featured Image warns you through a message bar that you forgot to insert a featured image.
Basically, this means that you will no longer be able to publish an article without having selected an image for the front page. If you forget, a red warning bar, at the top of the screen, will remind you to order. At the same time, the Publish button will be grayed out, and will not become available again until you have selected a picture.
A way of doing things a little direct, but at least you won’t have any more excuses, neither will I!
Force Featured Image – WordPress Featured Image Plugin
Force Featured Image requires you to add a featured image for each post before you can click the Publish button. Just like the previous plugin, it displays an alert message if you forget it, specifying the dimensions of the image. Useful for those who would like to put a 1920 x 1280 image into a featured image.
G Оbligatory Featured Image
In Php mode, before forcing yourself to choose an image, you will have to select which type of article is concerned.
Featured Image Reminder
Featured Image Reminder is useful for all bloggers who forget to feature an image in their posts.
When the plugin is installed and activated, and you try to post a post without a front-page image, a dialog box will appear asking if you really want to post the post without this image.
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Instant Featured Image
Instant Featured Image is a new plugin that will simplify the process of inserting images. When you add an image in your article, it offers you:
- Insert an image and set it as featured image
- Insert an image into the article (Insert into the post)
If you select several images to insert the plugin will automatically choose the last image, of the selected set, as a featured image.
If you want to streamline the process of inserting images and at the same time select the image for the front page, add this tool to your workspace. It is one of those plugins which, after adding it to your tools, will quickly make you forget that it is not an integral part of WordPress.
Auto Post Thumbnail
Auto Post Thumbnails automatically generates a front-page image from the first image in the article. If the first image cannot be used on the front page, it will choose the second, and so on. A Pro version, further down on this page, offers more features.
Defining an image for each article is very easy, but many of us simply forget to do it. The above plugins will remind you not to forget, and they will make your life easier.
It is usually after publishing the article that we realize that something is missing. On the first page of the site, the featured image has been forgotten again! Do not waste time republishing your articles, install one of these plugins today, and in the future do not worry anymore.