I've just upgraded from 3.1.2 to 3.2, and now "featured image" is no longer listed at the bottom right of a post in admin.

Has this feature of WP been removed?

Can it be added back, or turned back on?

My old posts still have their old featured image, but it cannot be added to new ones.

5 Answers 5


For me, "Featured Image" was still missing from the Screen Options tab, even after clearing the cache and restarting the browser. In my case the problem was related to having a WordPress 3.2 Multisite install. With this setup, the Media upload buttons must be checked in Network Admin to enable the featured image meta box in the editor (these are unchecked by default). From the WordPress Codex:

To show the "Featured Image" meta box in mulsite installation, make sure you update the allowed upload file types, in Network Admin, Network Admin Settings SubPanel, Upload Settings, Media upload buttons options. Default is off.


Have you looked in the Screen Options tab (top right on the Add Post / Edit Post page) to make sure 'Featured Image' is checked? It may not be set to show up by default but it should be there. Once you've checked the box it will remember your preferences.

  • No, I didn't realise it was there. I had to restart my Firefox browser, and it has magically reappeared. Thanks for your help.
    – Steve
    Jul 6, 2011 at 16:21
  • No problem, glad you were able to find it okay.
    – Michelle
    Jul 6, 2011 at 19:07

You have to put following code in the functions.php

add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails', array( 'post', 'page' ) ); // Add it for posts

I had to restart my browser, and after logging back into admin featured image has reappeared. I made no changes to settings.

  • 1
    WordPress 3.2 bumped up the version of jQuery that WordPress uses. It may be that the jQuery script cached in your browser simply needed to be reset. Jul 6, 2011 at 16:54

Add this to your functions.php:

<?php the_post_thumbnail();?>

If its still not working, go further with these steps: http://www.blog.web6.org/wordpress-3-0-set-featured-image/

  • The functions.php is the wrong place for that, it should be in a template file.
    – fuxia
    Nov 9, 2012 at 21:13

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