I would like to be able to use the 'featured image' functionality, found on post types, for a custom taxonomy.

I have a taxonomy called 'collections' and I would like each collection to have a featured image. I will then use the featured image in a custom template that will show all of the collection, their titles and featured images.

I need the uploaded image to be resized into the custom image sizes that I have set in my theme.

There is a similar question here: Can I set a default featured image for a category? However, the top answer won't work for me, and I can't rely on a plugin.

Can anyone help?

Many thanks,


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    if you want to use a plugin here is the best one for it. wordpress.org/extend/plugins/taxonomy-images If you don't want to use any plugin you can checkout the plugin code to add codes to your theme.
    – Sisir
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:36

2 Answers 2


It's a little complex, but you can add custom meta to taxonomies. http://pippinsplugins.com/adding-custom-meta-fields-to-taxonomies/

You could pretty easily integrate a WP media uploader field that would allow you to enter an image into the field.

  • why pass 2 parameters 'add_action( 'edited_category', 'save_taxonomy_custom_meta', 10, 2 );' when the function only has 1 argument? Thanks.
    – csi
    Commented Jun 27, 2012 at 18:48
  • The function accepts two parameters, but two don't have to be passed.
    – Pippin
    Commented Jun 27, 2012 at 19:44
  • Why not leave it is add_action('edited_category', 'save_taxonomy_custom_meta'); instead? I have seen this in a few examples where the function only accepts one parameter but the add_action declares 2. Just wondering why this would be. Thanks.
    – csi
    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 15:33
  • If the function can have 2 parameters, then the 2 should be set in the add_action, but it does not have to be set in the call back function.
    – Pippin
    Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 17:44

With Advanced Custom Fields you can achieve this very easily:


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