I am having some issues trying to get featured image to appear on my front page.

I am using Genesis, then genesis child theme. I only want the featured image to appear on my front-page.php. I know I need to write a custom loop in order for the featured image to appear only. However I am having trouble completing it.I am not sure what code to write into my custom loop.

I did this:

/** Code for custom loop */
function my_custom_loop() {


/** Replace the standard loop with our custom loop */
remove_action( 'genesis_loop', 'genesis_do_loop' );
add_action( 'genesis_loop', 'my_custom_loop' );
  • This should be posted on the StudioPress Forums Nov 20, 2014 at 20:44

2 Answers 2


Like @jdm2112, I'm not a Gensis user, but here is an alternative method to retrieving the featured image. I use this method because it offers more functionality to altering the featured image (ie: thumbnail size).

You can add these functions to your functions.php file.

public function get_featured_image_id() {
    return (int) $this->get_meta( '_thumbnail_id' );

 * Get the featured image url for the given featured image id
 * @param string $size
 * @return string|false
public function get_featured_image_url( $size = 'full' ) {

    $attachment_id = $this->get_featured_image_id();
    if ( ! $attachment_id ) {
        return false;
    $src = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $attachment_id, $size );
    if ( ! $src ) {
        return false;

    return $src[0];

 * Get the HTML for the featured image html
 * @return string
public function get_featured_image_html( $size = 'full' ) {

    if ( $featured_image_id = $this->get_featured_image_id() ) {
        return wp_get_attachment_image( $featured_image_id, $size, '' );
    } else {
        return '';

Use case in your WordPress "The Loop"

echo esc_url( $post->get_featured_image_url( the_id() ) );
  • stoopkid1 and jdm2112, I will try this once I get home.Thanks.
    – David
    Jul 14, 2014 at 2:00
  • -1 Answering off topic questions Nov 20, 2014 at 20:45

Displaying the featured image (referred to as 'thumbnail' in Wordpress functions) should not require you to replace your page loop. I'm not a Genesis user so there's a chance that is the case.

Displaying a feature image for the page is as simple as using the the_post_thumbnail function. Here is the Codex Function Reference for full details.

Simply use this where you want an image to be displayed in your page template:

<?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?>
  • -1 Answering off topic questions Nov 20, 2014 at 20:43

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