How to Require a Featured Image for Your Post to Publish

“Featured Image,” if you’re not familiar, is what WordPress calls the image you select to represent your post (or page, portfolio item, etc) around the rest of your site and theme. Themes will use them at different sizes and in different places, but when you set them, you’ll usually see your theme use them on the homepage, each post’s page, etc. What’s great about that is that your site looks better if you remember them. But most people will forget, from time to time. That’s where the topic of this Quick Guide comes in: how you make sure that you (and your fellow posters) always set the featured image.

In this video (and written) guide, we’ll explain how theĀ Require Featured Image plugin essentially provides WordPress featured image validation. If the image isn’t set, it prevents you publishing. If the image is smaller than some standard you have, it prevents you publishing. And if you don’t want it to work on posts, or want to enforce it per page, it supports that too. It’s a very useful WordPress featured image plugin.

Let’s get to how to enforce the use of a featured image in WordPress. Video first:

How to Require Featured Image on WordPress, the steps

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
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  2. Select “Plugins”>”Add New” from the left had sidebar menu.
  3. Search for “Require Featured Image” in the keyword search field.
  4. Find the listing for “Require Featured Image” by Press Up, then click “Install Now”.
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  5. Click “Activate”.
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  6. Click “Posts”>”Add New” from the left side bar menu to create a new post, or open a draft that you’d like to set featured image for.
  7. Scroll to the bottom until you find the field labeled “Featured Image” to the right of your post editor.
  8. Click “Set Featured Image”.

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  9. Select a featured image from your media library or upload a new one, then click “Set Featured Image”.
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  10. Scroll down to the Featured Image area on the post editor screen again to make sure a thumb nail of the image you just selected appears.

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  11. That’s it! Now you can Publish or schedule your post as normal.

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