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How to Add Post Thumbnails to Your Posts

Filed in Tutorials by on May 31, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2996

Your SoloStream theme will automatically display post thumbnails for each post unless you deactivate this feature on the Theme Settings page under “Basic Site Settings.”

Post Thumbnail Sizes Used

There are several different thumbnails used in the theme. Important: For best results, ensure that your original images are at least 370px by 190px. WordPress can crop larger images down to size, but it will not properly enlarge images that are smaller (height will be too large).

How the Theme Sources Thumbnail Images

1. First, the theme will look for a thumbnail image that you’ve assigned by custom field. For instance, you could use thumbnail or large-thumbnail as a custom field name. All available custom field names below:

  • thumbnail (size set at Settings -> Media)
  • home_feature (960×400)
  • large-thumbnail (240×180)
  • portfolio-thumbnail (350×270)
  • featured-gallery-thumbnail (370×190)
  • slide-narrow-thumbnail (745×310)
  • recent-video-image (745×360)
  • featured-page-image (315×145)
  • slider-page-image (1121×384)

2. If no image is assigned by custom field, it will check for an image defined as the “Featured Image” on the Add Post screen (WordPresss 2.9+ feature). If you do not see the Featured Image meta box on the Add Post/Page screen, click the “Screen Options” tab in the upper right corner and select it from the list of options.

Important: You should always use the Featured Image meta box. This is the best method for assigning thumbnail images and featured article images.


3. If no image is assigned by custom field or the Featured Image meta box, the theme will look for an image that you’ve uploaded to the post. If you’ve uploaded multiple images to your post, it will use the #1 image as set in the gallery section of your media uploader.

4. If no image is attached, it will extract an image that you inserted into your post content.

5. Finally, if no image is found via any of those methods, a default image will be displayed unless you deactivate that function on the Theme Settings page.

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