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How to set a Default Featured Image in WordPress Using a Plugin

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How to set a Default Featured Image in WordPress Using a Plugin

It is not easy to find a perfect image to be the featured image for a blog post. Complicated license restrictions, and over-used stock images make it even harder. If you set up a theme that uses featured images and has no fallback option then you don’t want to leave a post without a featured image because then it will just show an empty box next to your post. More importantly, sometimes you just forget to add a featured image. This can look really bad on you. The simplest solution is to set a default fallback image when no featured image is found. In an earlier post we discussed how to set a default fallback image for your post thumbnails manually. In this article you will show you how to set a default featured image in WordPress using a plugin (yes no codeing required).

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Default Featured Image plugin. Upon activation, the plugin adds an option under Setttings » Media to choose a default image.

upload a default featured image in Media Settings

Upload your default image using the media uploader and save settings. This image could be any generic image, or may contain your website logo as the background. That’s all, now when your theme looks for a featured image and does not find one, it will display the default image.


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  • Mohsin Alam

    I used this plugin and worked fine but when themes related plugin pulled post then seeing this message Warning: Illegal string offset “class” in ……… on line 221 []

    Please suggest me another plugin or help me to fix this error.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Take a look at this tutorial to set default featured image without a plugin.

  • Deepa Govind

    Is it possible to set up default feature image for each category?

  • Dexxe

    I want the default image to appear on the home slider but not on the blog page. How can I do that?

  • Samedi Amba

    I tried the technique on my blog, but does not work. The plugin does not add an option to Settings>>Media as mentioned in this article. What could be the problem? Could it be a plugin conflict?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      It could be a plugin conflict.