Are you looking for a way to create a featured image column in WordPress? WordPress uses featured images as part of the thumbnail for your post content. It only uses a part of the featured image because it crops it down to the thumbnail size. Unfortunately, there is no place in WordPress that you can view each post’s featured image.
It would be extremely convenient to view the featured image of every post on your website and that is exactly what this tutorial is about. You can create a featured image column for your edit post’s page. Today, I will demonstrate how to create a featured image column in WordPress using the Featured Image Column plugin.
Why Add a Featured Image Column in WordPress
Featured images are important for every post you create. They are usually the first image in a post and are used to create thumbnails and thumbnails are used as an attention grabber. Having a really good thumbnail can have a huge effect on how popular your content is.
This is especially true when you regularly share your content on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. When scrolling down a social media page there are tons of things you can click on. Having a catchy thumbnail helps you stand out on crowded pages and attract more visitors.
You may say, I understand why featured images are important, but that still doesn’t explain why I need a column dedicated to them. Normally you need to go inside the post to see the featured image. Having a dedicated column eliminates the time it takes to get there. You can view every single featured image on one page. It saves you a lot of time and it is very simple to implement.
How to Create a Featured Image Column in WordPress
Today, I will demonstrate how to create a featured image column in WordPress using the Featured Image Column plugin. This plugin does everything for you. There are no settings to change. The featured image column will be added automatically after the plugin’s activation.
Installing Featured Image Column
Let’s start by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left-hand admin panel.
Search for Featured Image Column in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.
Scroll down until you find the Featured Image Column plugin and click on the «Install Now» button and activate the plugin for use.
Unlike most plugins, there are no additional settings to change. The plugin is completely functional after activation.
Viewing the Featured Image Column
Once the plugin is activated, the featured image column will be added. On the left-hand admin panel, click on Posts and select the All Posts option.
You will see the Image column. It will contain the featured images assigned for each post on the page. If there is no image, it is because you have not assigned a featured image to the post.
Congratulations, you have successfully added a featured image column in WordPress. It is important to understand this column exists to only view the featured image, not edit them. You will still need to enter the page, then enter the media library to change or edit the featured image.
Make Your Website Convenient For You
A big misconception beginners have when they create a new website is that it is most important to add features that only benefit visitors. While this may be more important, there are many features you can add to help your content creators. Adding features that can speed up or make content creation easier is always worth looking into.
As your website grows, so will the amount of content you produce. Adding features that can speed this up and make the website more convenient for web developers will benefit everyone.
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Author: Robert Giaquinto
Robert has been writing tutorials about WordPress and other CMS for over 3 years since joining the GreenGeeks marketing team. Thanks to this, he has had the opportunity to research and master several areas of WordPress including plugin usage, SEO, website design, and social media integration. When he is not creating content for WordPress, Robert is digging up new content ideas for environmental pieces. These range from the pollution in our air to the danger’s wildlife face. And with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he is always eager to discuss the way our technologies are affecting the environment, especially when it comes to solar energy.