I added posts from other CMS to my new word press site. For featured images I changed, wp_post table as

post ID: 2300

Attachment in "wp_post":

post_type: attachment
post_mime_type: images/jpeg
post_parent: 2300
post_title: file name
post_name: fileName-in-WP-Content-upload
guid: site.com/upload/oldImages/fileName-in-WP-Content-upload.jpg

Making Featured image in "wp_postmeta"

meta_key: _thmubnail_id
meta_value: 3400

Now I am not seeing featured image in post however I can see the image url with

echo wp_get_attachment_url( get_post_thumbnail_id(3400) );
  • How are you (or theme) calling featured image in post? What output exactly are you getting?
    – Rarst
    May 31, 2014 at 13:34
  • @Rarst I have my default theme, when I add feature image via admin panel it shows in feature image section when we edit post from admin panel, But as I have made the image featured from database & uploaded manually via ftp client it is not displaying in the featured image section, but yes I can get its url May 31, 2014 at 15:15

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You're trying to display the post thumbnail for the attachment itself:

wp_get_attachment_url( get_post_thumbnail_id( 3400 ) )

Instead, use:

wp_get_attachment_url( get_post_thumbnail_id( 2300 ) )
  • No that was not my question, What I am asking is, in default we see an image in admin panel while editing a post in the featured image section, but as I have added the image by database & uploaded it via ftp client, this image is not showing in the featured image section but yes I can get the image's url with get_post_thumbnail_id() May 31, 2014 at 15:12
  • It's all in the ID - you're trying to get the featured image of the featured image! Use the ID of the post you're setting the featured image for. May 31, 2014 at 15:28
  • No, I mistyped here about ID, I am asking here is, I cannot see this custome made featured image in admin panel however if I upload an image from admin panel I see it there May 31, 2014 at 15:30

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