How To Hide Featured Image In WordPress Post?

Not sure how to hide the featured image on your blog posts or pages? In this article, we’ll show you three different ways to do it. Just read through the article carefully and follow the instructions.

Hiding a featured image in WordPress is easy to do. Most themes come with an inbuilt option for that. All you have to do is check off the featured image option, and you’re done. A few themes even let you hide featured images from a specific post or page rather than applying the setting to your entire blog.

Before moving further in the post, it is important to know the answers to a few commonly asked questions:

  • Can I delete the image rather than hiding?
  • Whether hiding a featured image is the right decision or not?
  • Will it affect the SEO ranking of your blog?

Can I Delete The Image Rather Than Hiding?

Well, we highly recommend you not to delete the image, because feature image is one of the most important things, you can say it the face of your blog post. Feature image is not just for showing on your blog post, it is responsible for attracting visitors to your blog.

When someone shares your blog post on any social media platform, only your blog post title and feature image will show there; no one will notice your blog if the feature image is not there.

Whether Hiding A Featured Image Is The Right Decision Or Not?

It totally depends upon you; mostly, bloggers hide featured images because they want their visitors to start with the content directly or increase the blog’s loading speed.

There are no demerits of hiding featured images from the blog post or page.

Will It Affect The SEO Ranking Of Your Blog?

No, hiding the feature image will not affect your SEO ranking in any manner, but it will affect the ranking if you delete the feature image. Not just in the ranking, deleting the feature image will affect your blog in various other ways.

Pro Tip: As we all know that there is a special section in the sitemap for images, but when you hide the featured image, it will not be added to the sitemap. You have to create a separate section for feature images in the sitemap. Rankmath is the plugin that allows you to do it.

I hope you got the answer to all your questions. Let’s see the actual process of hiding the feature image. Now you have two option

  • Hide featured images from all the blog posts.
  • Hide the featured images from the specific blog post.

Let’s understand both one by one.

How To Hide Featured Image From All Blog Posts?

You can easily hide the featured image from all blog posts with just one click, directly from the theme customizer. Follow the instructions below to get it done.

The process may be a bit different for different themes. For example, I am using the GeneratePress theme on this website.

Start by logging in to your WordPress admin area. Then, go to Appearance > Customizer. This will take you to the theme customizer, where you can customize your entire website.

GeneratePress (Hide Featured Image on All Posts)
GeneratePress (Hide Featured Image on All Posts)

In Customizer, go to Layout > Blog >> Then click on Single Post >> In the Content section, check off the “display featured image” option. And click on the Publish button to save your changes.

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That’s how you can hide featured images from all blog posts.

How To Hide Featured Image From Specific Post in WordPress?

Hiding the featured image from a specific post is super easy. Most themes provide an option to hide or show a featured image right from the WordPress post editor.

But why to remove featured images from specific posts? Let’s take an example to understand this…

For example, let’s say you’re using the Astra theme on another website. Astra is one of the most popular free WordPress themes. It is responsive, lightweight, and SEO friendly. This theme can also be used with all the leading page builder plugins, including Elementor Pro.

Follow the instructions below to hide the featured image from a specific post:

Option to hide the featured image in Astra theme
Option to hide the featured image in Astra theme

If you are using the Astra theme, then the process is very easy. Login to your WordPress admin area >> Go to Posts >> Open the post in which you want to hide the featured image >> On the right side, you will see the “Astra Settings” section.

In this section, you will have the option to show or hide the featured image. Check the “Disable Featured Image” box to hide the image.

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And that’s all there is to it! Hiding the featured image on a specific blog post is easy and only takes a few steps.

Hide Featured Image Using WordPress Plugin

If you’re using a theme that doesn’t have an option to disable the featured image, don’t worry. You can still hide the featured image with the help of a plugin like…

These plugins will offer you the option to hide or show the specific blog post’s featured image. The process is quite similar: you have to install and activate the plugin, then open the post in which you want to hide the image and Check On the Hide Featured Image option.

If you’re still not sure how to do it, follow these step-by-step instructions:

Search for the Plugin in WordPress Repository
Search for the Plugin in WordPress Repository

To get started, login to your WordPress admin area and go to Plugins. Then, click on Add New and search for “Conditionally display featured image on singular posts and pages.” Once you find the plugin, install and activate it.

Hide Featured Image Using Plugin
Hide Featured Image Using Plugin

After activating the plugin, open the blog post in which you want to hide the featured image. In the Featured Image section, you will see an option to hide the featured image. Just check the box as shown in the image and you’re all set!

How To Hide Featured Images Using Custom CSS?

The final method to hide the featured image is by using CSS code. I only recommend this method if you are unable to hide the featured image using any of the other methods. Note that this method may be complicated for you if you are not familiar with HTML and CSS.

This method is a bit more time-consuming, as you first have to find the element using the “Inspect” method in your browser and then create the custom code. However, it’s worth it if you only have a few posts published.

Step-by-step process to find a featured image and hide it…

Hiding Featured Image Using Custom CSS
Hiding Featured Image Using Custom CSS

To hide the featured image on a specific blog post, start by opening that post in your WordPress editor. Then, right-click on the image and click on the “Inspect” option at the end. In the code that appears, you will see the featured image class named “featured-image page-header-image-single” and the post id.

After that, you need to find the post ID. Once you’ve got it, you need to use the code we shared below to hide the featured image:

#post-785 .featured-image{ display:none; }

On the code shared above, you need to replace the “post id” with the actual id of the post or page where you want to display the playlist.

To add this code to your WordPress site, log in to your WordPress admin area and go to Appearance > Customizer. Then, scroll down and click on the Additional CSS option at the bottom. Paste your code here and click on Publish to save your changes.

After that, you can refresh the post or page and you will see the changes.

Conclusion

With the above-shared method, you can easily hide the featured image in WordPress. It is not recommended to hide the featured image because this single image plays the role of your entire blog post’s identity.

Mostly you don’t need to use the plugins like “Conditionally display featured images on singular posts and pages.” Now, in 2022, almost all the themes offer you the option to show or hide the featured image for specific or all blog posts.

And don’t forget to create a new section in the sitemap for the featured image. As we have already discussed, you can easily do it with the Rank Math SEO plugin. It is free to use an SEO plugin.

We hope this article on how to hide featured images in WordPress posts is helpful for you. If this post is useful for you in any manner, then do share it on social media.

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  1. Thanks For Sharing this Article and for giving clarity about why we don’t have to delete the feature image that helps me a lot, thanks for all the useful content, the way you are explaining about the things is very impressive. Keep Going.

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