In Genesis Theme, featured image size and alignment customizations can be done from WordPress Dashboard clicking Content Archives mentioned under Appearance link.
We can also change whether to display post excerpt or content snippet along with word limit from this link.
But these customizations are meant to impact how featured images are displayed in homepage. They don’t give impact when individual post or page are being opened for reading.
Moreover, the featured image set doesn’t get displayed.
Many bloggers may not love the display of featured post images on the homepage as well as in their particular post/page pages. Instead, they might want to display featured images in homepage and remain hidden in post pages.
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If this is the case, there is no problem. Genesis Theme has this feature. Users don’t have to use any third party plugins or add custom CSS or something.
Yet some bloggers might want to display featured images in the homepage as well as in their respective pages. In this case, a third party plugin has to be downloaded and installed for your blog.
You can search them from WordPress plugins Directory:
- Display Featured Image for Genesis
- Genesis Featured Image by Ibon Azkoitia
- Genesis Featured Image Header
- Genesis Featured Images by Travis Smith
- Genesis Taxonomy Images
- Genesis Simple Hero Image
There might be even more, that are yet not listed in the WordPress Plugins Directory. There are also plugins intended to be used specifically in Genesis Theme for different purposes.
Display Featured Post Images in Genesis Theme
I mean how to display featured post images in the homepage as well as in their post/page pages. I will explain this relating to usage of two plugins I have mentioned in above list.
- Display Featured Image for Genesis Plugin developed by Robin Cornett
- Genesis Featured Image by Ibon Azkoitia
Display of particular post’s Featured Image
Users can install and activate the Plugin by Robin Cornett to display featured image assigned to a post only or the default images with a certain level of setting rights. It is built to reuse the featured image assigned to a post. Its qualities are:
- Use default if no image is assigned.
- Re-use the post’s featured image.
- Stretch the featured image.
- Considers image higher than medium width.
- Skip image displays on the front page.
- Move/not move post titles.
- Add featured image on feeds.
All its features can be used once it’s being activated in your blog via WordPress Plugin Directory. Suitable changes can be made from its own settings.
However, be reminded that the particular post’s featured image won’t be displayed above post title in homepage. But in post/page’s page, it will be displayed just above the post title.
The problem with its feature is the featured image getting stretched to reach the length of post content frame. It doesn’t look professionally nice.
Display of Custom Featured Images
Don’t want to re-use featured image of the post but want something to display? Then the plugin called Genesis Featured Image by Ibon Azkoitia is being recommended.
This plugin has one level of settings access. But the good part is we can keep it activated without assigning a custom featured image, it doesn’t have impacts on default features of Genesis Theme in the display of featured images. Its features are:
- Make Image stretch beyond frame covered by content and sidebar.
- Display image above header/header navigation menu frame.
- Display image between the primary menu and post title.
- Make image stretch only at the length covered by content & sidebar
It has no option of whether to make custom image display in home page or not. And also it doesn’t have a feature of adding the assigned custom image in feeds.
The choice is in your hand whether to activate plugin developed by Robin or the one developed by Ibon which of course both are designed for display of featured image purposes specifically in Genesis Theme.
When the plugin of Robin is being activated, you can have a choice of whether to display custom featured image or featured image with the image stretched only to post content’s margin placed above post title.
And if that of Ibon is being activated, you can have the display of a custom image for all the post with two levels of image length (whole website length or just content & sidebar length) settings and placement (above the header or below header but above post title).