Do you want to set a default featured image in WordPress?
Many themes use featured images (a.k.a post thumbnails) to make your content look more appealing and attention-grabbing. But finding the right featured image for each post can be time-consuming, and if you forget to add a featured image, then your posts might look incomplete.
In this article, we will show you how to fix that by setting a default featured image in WordPress.
However, you may sometimes forget to upload a featured image to your posts. If you have other authors posting on your site, then they may not realize the importance and skip over adding a featured image.
For example, in the following image you can see that OptinMonster shows featured images on their blog index.
People also find images more engaging than plain text. Posts that don’t have a featured image may get less traffic and lower conversion rates.
With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set a default featured image in WordPress. This gives your site something to show when no featured image is available.
To make it easy for you, we have created quick jump links for the sections:
The easiest way to set a default featured image is by using the Default Featured Image plugin. This plugin adds a new setting to the WordPress Media page where you can upload a fallback featured image.
Upon activation, head over to Settings » Media. Once you’ve done that, just click on the ‘Select default featured image’ button.
After choosing your fallback, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on ‘Save Changes.’
You can change the default image at any point by repeating the same process above.
If you no longer want to use a default featured image, then simply go to Settings » Media. Then just click on the ‘Don’t use a default featured image’ button.
Don’t forget to click on ‘Save Changes’ when you’re done.
The featured image that’s shared alongside your post can also encourage more people to visit your site.
With that in mind, you may also want to set a default featured image for the different social media platforms. These platforms will then use this fallback for any posts that are shared without a unique featured image.
Once you’ve done that, go to All in One SEO » Social Networks.
You will now see tabs for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can use these tabs to set a unique default image for these different platforms.
As an example, let’s see how you can set a default featured image for Facebook. To get started, click on the ‘Facebook’ tab.
After that, open the ‘Default Post Image Source’ dropdown.
You can then choose ‘Default Image (Set Below).’
Next find the ‘Default Post Facebook Image’ section.
Here you’ll see some tips on how to make sure your image looks great when people share it on Facebook.
To set your default featured image, click on the ‘Upload or Select Image’ button.
This opens the WordPress media library. You can now either choose an image from your media library, or upload a new file.
Finally, click on the ‘Save Changes’ button. After completing this step, Facebook will use this image whenever there’s no featured image available.
To set a default image for Twitter or Pinterest, simply click on the ‘Twitter’ or ‘Pinterest’ tab. You can then choose a fallback image following the same process described above.