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How to Hide Featured Images on Individual Posts in WordPress

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How to Hide Featured Images on Individual Posts in WordPress

Recently, one of our readers asked if it was possible to hide featured images on specific WordPress posts? There can be scenarios when you have a featured image for a post, but instead of removing it you may just want to hide it. In this article, we will show you how to hide featured images on individual posts in WordPress.

Hiding featured image for some posts in WordPress

Why and When Hiding Featured Images in WordPress is Useful?

Featured image aka post thumbnail is a theme feature in WordPress. This means your WordPress theme controls the display of featured images on your website. See our guide on selecting the perfect theme for your WordPress site.

Cleverly used featured images on List25

Some users may be using a theme that automatically uses the first post image as featured image if no featured image was specified. This means that it will still show a featured image even if you don’t set one.

Some users may be a using a plugin to automatically set default featured image.

There are many other cases when you may come across a situation where you will have to hide a featured image.

Let’s see, how you can easily hide featured image from a WordPress post without writing any code.

Hiding Featured Image from Individual WordPress Posts

To make it easy, we have created a video tutorial on how to hide featured images on individual posts that you can watch below.

However if you just want to follow text-instructions, then you can follow our step by step tutorial on how to how to hide featured images on individual posts in WordPress.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Hide Featured Image plugin. It works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

Simply edit the post where you want to hide the featured image. On the post edit screen, scroll down a little, and you will find the ‘Show/Hide Featured Image’ metabox.

Hide featured image checkbox

You need to check the box next to ‘Hide Featured Image’ option. You can now save your post and preview it to see the plugin in action.

Notice that even though we left the featured image set in our example, the plugin did it’s job of hiding it on the website. This plugin does not delete or unset the feature image, it just hides it on the front-end of your website. If you ever want to show the featured image again, simply edit the post and uncheck the hide featured image option.

The plugin also works with custom post types with featured image support.

We hope this article helped you learn how to hide featured image from individual posts in WordPress. You may also want to check out our list of 14 best featured image plugins and tutorials for WordPress.

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  1. Dave says:

    When the plug in be updated to support WP 4.6.1??

  2. Vanbel says:

    hai, i tried this plugin but it doesnt work, it shows “Yes or no” option on my post. i tried both, but none of them work. Please help me! heres my site:

  3. Robert says:

    Thanks for the help, you guys rock!

  4. Imaqination says:

    Hello, I have tried to download the plugin and hide the featured image. However, the buttons shows, “Yes or No”, and Either of them don’t hide the featured image.

  5. Sagar Patil says:

    it worked, thanks.

  6. Hussain says:

    When I found this, I expected to read something about SEO too. The question is what SEO effect does hiding featured image have, especially if it’s hidden by css on a post type because you don’t want it to appear on that post type only?

  7. Lisa Scott says:

    You are a lifesaver. Thanks so much. This worked beautifully for me. So glad to have it all straightened out.

  8. Kreshnik says:

    Thanks for the post, it’s help me a lot but can i hide Featured Images from all my video post formats.

  9. Chris R says:

    Does this work such that on the HOME page, the featured image would display, but for the post itself, you could hide it? (So, for example, you might have a static thumb in the home page loop, but want to show a slider in the post itself).

    • Josh M says:

      I’m trying to figure out how to do the same thing with no luck.

      I would like the featured images to be displayed as thumbnails on the homepage. But for the post pages I want to hide the featured image from a certain post, but have the featured on other posts still display on the posts page. I would like to do this without adding a plugin.

      Let me know if you were able to solve this.

  10. Bamidele says:

    Thanks for the post, it’s help , have been looking for a day to read this on WPbeginner. I tried it and it works on my site ,

  11. Bhuwan Roka says:

    Enjoying in reading this helpful article.

    Thank you for sharing.

  12. Corey says:

    I got a question pertaining to this topic (sort of). How can I replace the featured post image with a slideshow?

  13. Muzamil says:

    Thanks for this post
    I just visited this post from my mobile and want to know how you get full desktop view of this site on mobile. When I checked my website it automatically shows a different view on mobile and desktop, is it my theme or something else

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