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How to Add a Featured Image Column to Your WordPress Admin Panel

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For those of you who do not know how to add post thumbnails (featured images) yet you should read our article on how to add post thumbnails in WordPress. If you already know how to do this then you will understand how useful it would be to have all of your featured images added to the ‘edit posts’ page rather than having to open each post individually to see them. This is exactly what the Featured Image Column Plugin does.

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To get started you need to install and activate the Featured Image Column plugin. There is no options screen for this plugin. All it does is add an extra column before on the ‘edit posts’ page to display the featured image if it exists.

Featured image column on the posts screen in WordPress admin area

You can change the default image by using the following code in your functions.php file:

function my_custom_featured_image_column_image( $image ) {
    if ( !has_post_thumbnail() )
        return trailingslashit( get_stylesheet_directory_uri() ) . 'images/no-featured-image';
add_filter( 'featured_image_column_default_image', 'my_custom_featured_image_column_image' );

We hope this article helped you learn how to add a featured image column to your WordPress admin panel. You may also want to check out our list of 14 best featured images plugins and tutorials for WordPress.

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  1. Syed Balkhi says

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  2. Niraj Nayan says

    Hello Sir, I am not sure that at this place I should ask my query or not. My question is Can I change the post thumbnail size.? I want it responsive. If I put the width 100% then it crops the image. I am using bootstrap and I want to add a class “img-responsive” for thumbnail in wordpress.
    Thank you

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