I have featured images switched on in my theme:

set_post_thumbnail_size(256,128, true);
add_image_size('icon', 128, 128, true);

but the Featured Image box isn't showing up anywhere when I edit a page. What's confusing is that the exact same theme, the same set of plugins and approximately the same data is working fine on another site. Is there some config setting that might prevent the Featured Image feature from working?


2 Answers 2


Have you checked the "Featured Image" check-box within the "Screen Options" drop down menu beneath "Howdy, your username"? If that's not the case, we can look into it even further.

Update: WordPress MU users: Try going into "Network Admin", then click on settings, then enable image upload box, and save.

  • I checked, and the option for Featured Image isn't there on the Screen Options. It clearly doesn't think the theme has support - but I've established with judicious use of die() that the lines in my functions.php are being run. Commented May 24, 2011 at 8:21
  • Alright. Are using the latest version of WordPress? Try switching to the latest version of the twentyten theme for a brief moment to confirm that the Featured Image check-box is showing up or not.
    – VicePrez
    Commented May 24, 2011 at 8:37
  • I've established that both post_type_supports('page', 'thumbnail') and current_theme_supports('post-thumbnails', 'page') are true on the edit form page. That leaves multisite as the culprit - something to do with "media buttons"? Commented May 24, 2011 at 8:39
  • The media buttons - little icons above the content that add images etc - are indeed missing. So it doesn't believe there are any valid media types that could be used for a featured image. Commented May 24, 2011 at 8:43
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    If thats the case try going into "Network Admin", then click on settings, then enable image upload box.
    – VicePrez
    Commented May 24, 2011 at 8:45

For anyone on Wordpress 3.2.1 & Up — The Featured Image option has moved into the Media Uploader. When you add an image, it shows up as an option under each individual image to set it as a the featured image.

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