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Register and Get Post Featured Image Thumbnail in WordPress

Moeez — May 23, 2017 2 Minutes Read
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In a theme that supports ‘post-thumbnail’, a separate ‘post-thumbnail’ image size is registered. Note that this size is distinct from the ‘thumbnail’ image size (managed through Settings > Media).

Now, whenever a theme uses the_post_thumbnail() or any other related functions, the default choice is the ‘post-thumbnail’ image size. If you wish, you could easily specify a different size instead.

Setting a featured image for a WordPress post is easy! Simply click the “Set Featured Image” link. Next, you could either choose an image from the Media Library or upload an image from the local system.

If you wish to add to the support for featured image in your custom theme, simply add the following line of code to the theme’s functions.php file:

Display Featured Image

To display featured images in your custom theme, simply edit the template and go to the point where you wish to display the featured image. Add the following line of code at this point:

Setting the Size of the Featured Image

Setting the size of the featured image is simply a matter of adding a simple line of code to the functions.php:

set_post_thumbnail_size( 175, 175);

You can also use the following code for additional thumbnail size

Additional Image Sizes

You could register additional sizes for the featured images for the blog posts on your website.

Go to the theme folder and open up functions.php.  Add the following lines of code:

Display Additional Image Sizes

Open the theme file (wherein you wish to display the image). Paste the following line of code:

Get the Post Thumbnail URL

Paste the following code inside your loop code:

WordPress Post Featured Image URL

Open the file you wish to display the image. Paste the following code:


In this tutorial, I covered the important issue of  setting up and registering various sizes of featured images. If you need further help with the code or would like to contribute to the discussion, do leave a comment below.

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      Moeez is ‘The’ blogger in charge of WPblog. He loves to interact and learn about WordPress with people in the WordPress community. Outside his work life, Moeez spends time hanging out with his friends, playing Xbox and watching football on the weekends. You can get in touch with him at moeez[at]wpblog.com.



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