How to Hide Featured Images on Individual Posts in WordPress

Recently, one of our readers asked if it was possible to hide featured images on specific WordPress posts? There can be scenarios when you have a featured image for a post, but instead of removing it you may just want to hide it. In this article, we will show you how to hide featured images on individual posts in WordPress.

Hiding featured image for some posts in WordPress

Why and When Hiding Featured Images in WordPress is Useful?

Featured image aka post thumbnail is a theme feature in WordPress. This means your WordPress theme controls the display of featured images on your website. See our guide on selecting the perfect theme for your WordPress site.

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Some users may be using a theme that automatically uses the first post image as featured image if no featured image was specified. This means that it will still show a featured image even if you don’t set one.

Some users may be a using a plugin to automatically set default featured image.

There are many other cases when you may come across a situation where you will have to hide a featured image.

Let’s see, how you can easily hide featured image from a WordPress post without writing any code.

Hiding Featured Image from Individual WordPress Posts

To make it easy, we have created a video tutorial on how to hide featured images on individual posts that you can watch below.

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However if you just want to follow text-instructions, then you can follow our step by step tutorial on how to how to hide featured images on individual posts in WordPress.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Hide Featured Image plugin. It works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

Simply edit the post where you want to hide the featured image. On the post edit screen, scroll down a little, and you will find the ‘Show/Hide Featured Image’ metabox.

Hide featured image checkbox

You need to check the box next to ‘Hide Featured Image’ option. You can now save your post and preview it to see the plugin in action.

Notice that even though we left the featured image set in our example, the plugin did it’s job of hiding it on the website. This plugin does not delete or unset the feature image, it just hides it on the front-end of your website. If you ever want to show the featured image again, simply edit the post and uncheck the hide featured image option.

The plugin also works with custom post types with featured image support.

We hope this article helped you learn how to hide featured image from individual posts in WordPress. You may also want to check out our list of 14 best featured image plugins and tutorials for WordPress.

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