A featured image represent the contents, mood, or theme of a post or page. Posts and pages can have a single featured image, which many themes and tools can use to enhance the presentation of your site.
With custom header images, you can display your own photo on your blog’s page headers. Featured images allow for even greater customization, giving you the option to display unique custom header images for specific posts and pages or set thumbnails for special features of your theme.
Example: A Featured Image is an image that is selected as the representative image for Post, Pages or Custom Posts.
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Featured images are used on some WordPress Themes to incorporate images into the site’s design. There are many ways this is done and the display and usage of featured images is set by the Theme. Read the Theme specifications and instructions for how to use it with your WordPress Theme.
Featured images are often displayed on the front page of the site above or next to the post title and post excerpt. Click the image or post title to access the image.
Some WordPress Themes use featured images along with a category called Featured or through the use of sticky posts to use featured images in sliders on the front page of the site. Others may use featured images to change the header image on a single post or Page pageview.
Social media sites, like Facebook, use images to highlight linked content. The usage of a featured image may be highlighted in social media posts depending upon how the WordPress Theme uses the featured images. If the featured image for the post is featured on the front page of the site and not the post itself, it will not appear in the social media stream. Only images on the post itself will appear. Check your Theme to see how this works.
To set the WordPress Featured Image feature on a WordPress site, edit a post. Look for Featured Image in the Post Edit Screen and click it to access the Media Manager to use an image already uploaded to the site or upload a new one.