2 Reasons Why Your Blog Images Don’t Showing Up on Your Main Blog Page
- You did not add them as a featured image
- A plugin conflict
FYI: My older blog images stopped showing up after I installed an SSL Certificate on my site, but most people’s blog thumbnails don’t show up because they have not added them as a featured image, or they have a plugin conflict. This article address both of those problems.
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No Featured Image
To confirm you are missing a featured image, log into your WordPress site and go to your dashboard.
- Choose Post > All Posts > name of post and look under featured image
- If you do not see this right hand menu, click on your settings icon to reveal your Post and Block menus
Scroll down and toggle open Featured image
Set featured image
If no featured image is displayed, add a featured image by clicking on “Set featured image.” Upload an image from your desktop or your media library, and be sure to tag your image.
Click update and view your main blog page
To confirm this is your problem you will need to go into the development tools of your website browser. Because Google Chrome is so popular, I will show you how to check this in Chrome.
Chrome menu in the upper-right-hand corner select More Tools > Developer Tools
Check for an Error message under Console tab
Disable all your plugins
Select all your plugins before you select Disable
Check your page
Jetpack and Smush Plugin Conflict
In early 2020, WordPress added Health Check to the WordPress Dashboard. You will find it under Tools > Site Health, so check here before installing the Health Check plugin.
Add a Default Featured Image
If you or your team members are continually forgetting to add your featured images, you can use a plugin called Default Featured Image.
This plugin will add the exact same featured image if you leave the “Featured image” selection blank.
The is perfect if you are just starting out and developing our brand.
Upload Default featured image plugin – Install & Activate
Set up your default featured image Step 1
Set up your default featured image Step 2
Choose your featured image from your Media Library & Set default featured image
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