Add a featured image to a post in WordPress 101 for beginners

Adding a featured image to your blog post will attract readers and display to users what the post is about. This is a step by step WordPress 101 guide to adding a featured image to a post for beginners

Watch the WordPress tutorial video or scroll down for step by step text to add a featured image to any WordPress blog post.



  • Select the post you want to add a featured image to.


  • You will now be in the post edit page.


  • Scroll down and in the right hand side menu at the bottom you will see a link to “Set featured image”.


  • Clicking on this link will bring up the media upload page. You can now either click on “Select Files” to upload a new image or select the media library tab as highlighted below to access your library images.


  • Select an image from your featured image library.


  • On the right hand side, fill in the title, alternative text and description for the image. This will save automatically.


  • Click “Set featured image” as highlighted above.

  • You will now see the featured image has been added.


  • Scroll up the page, staying on the right hand side you will see a button to update and publish your post.


  • Click the “Update” button.

  • The post will update and you will see a link to view your page. Click on this link.


Use your website menu to navigate to your home page.


The featured image is now visible and inviting for users and visitors to your website.

Congratulations, you just added a featured image to your blog post on WordPress!





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