Here’s How You can Easily Set Featured Image (Post Thumbnails) in WordPress

Here’s How You can Easily Set Featured Image (Post Thumbnails) in WordPress

WordPress is an excellent platform to run a blog and share information and your thoughts with the world. Most WordPress themes allow you to set a featured image and use it for all of the posts. This is great to save time and make your posts look professional.

If you don’t know how to set a featured image in WordPress yet, this article is for you. Learn everything you need to know about setting a featured image.

How to Set Featured Image for WordPress Blogs and Pages?

There are many ways of setting default images for blogs and pages in WordPress, but the easiest way is to use the Default Featured Image plugin. This plugin, when installed and activated, will add a setting to the WordPress Media page. This is where you can upload an image and set it as featured image. Then it will reflect in all applicable pages and blogs.

So you need to first install and activate the Default Featured Image plugin. Once activated, go to Settings > Media. Then locate the ‘Default featured image’ option and click on the ‘Select default featured image’ button. You can either select an existing image from WordPress media library or upload a new one from the computer.

Now scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on ‘Save Changes’ button to apply the changes made.

From now on, WordPress will automatically set this image as the default image or thumbnail for all posts and pages that do not have a featured image.

Set Featured Images for Social Media

Most WordPress blogs and websites are connected to their respective social media accounts. But just like WordPress, the social media websites do not automatically select a featured image. In worst cases, they will select a random image and post an irrelevant thumbnail.

To fix this problem, you need to use another plugin which is the ‘All in One SEO’ (AIOSEO) plugin. It’s a popular plugin to handle everything related to your website SEO.

AIOSEO is a freemium plugin with a paid plan. But the free version is suffice to set a featured image for social media accounts.

To get started, you need to install and activate it.

After that, configure the settings in the setup wizard panel. Once done, navigate into All in One SEO > Social Networks. You’ll find tabs for popular social networking sites Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Click on the website’s tab for which you want to set featured images. Then click on the ‘Default Drop Image Source’ dropdown menu. Select ‘Default Image’ from the options.

Next, navigate to the ‘Default Post Facebook image’ section and set the default image. Make sure it meets the guidelines of Facebook or other social networking platforms.

Lastly, click on ‘Save Changes’ button to apply the changes made.

Now when you post an article on Facebook and do not set an image for it, Facebook will set the default image set in AIOSEO.

So that’s how you set default images or thumbnails for WordPress and social media.
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