Require Featured Image

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screenshot-1Require Featured Image is a simple WordPress plugin to force authors and publisher to add a featured image to their post before publishing it. It simply will not allow a post to be published if there isn’t a featured image set.

It’s that simple. There’s not much more to say, it’s a simple plugin that does one simple thing in the minimum possible amount of code.

Why use the Require Featured Image plugin?

The biggest reason that you might want to use this plugin is that your site is structured around the assumption that posts will always have a featured image set. This makes it impossible for a person to accidentally break your site’s layout or functionality by forgetting to add one before publishing.

If you have many contributors and don’t have the resources for a thorough editorial flow with checks and rechecks, the plugin is an easy quick way to make sure your standard is maintained without taking a lot of time correcting mistakes.

How does it work?

Require Featured Image runs on the edit page to disable the “Publish” button and force users to remind people to add a featured image. If they manage to bypass that system (which would take strange conditions or exceptional effort) the plugin just stops publishing cold.

Can it do _______________?

We’re certainly open to suggestions. And you can always hire us to make custom changes to any of our plugins. Those changes can be made either exclusively for you, or shared back into the main plugin and given to the community.

We’d obviously encourage you to share, but we won’t force your hand if you’re dead-set against it. We understand that there is sometimes a business case for keeping functionality to yourself.


About David Hayes

David likes learning, solving hard problems, and teaching. He bikes a lot, and lives in (and loves) Colorado. You can find him on Twitter as @davidbhayes and check out his latest hobby-project, Quodid, a monument to his love for pithy bits of wisdom.