Require Featured Image

Requires posts to have a featured image set before they'll be published

Author:Press Up (profile at
WordPress version required:3.5
WordPress version tested:5.3.3
Plugin version:1.5.0
Added to WordPress repository:02-08-2013
Last updated:17-12-2019
Rating, %:78
Rated by:15
Plugin URI:
Total downloads:72 554
Active installs:7 000+
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Simplify Your Editing Life

Requires your various post types — as specified in a simple options page — to have a featured image set before they can be published. If a lack of featured images causes your layout to break, or just look less-than-optimal, this is the plugin for you.

Rather than forcing you to manually enforce your editorial standards of including a featured image in every post, if your contributors fail to add a featured image to a post before publishing it they’ll simply find it impossible to publish.

Setting up the Plugin

By default it works on the “Post” content type only, but you can specify other content types, or turn it off for Posts in the new options page in your left sidebar: Settings > Req Featured Image. Simply check and uncheck the appropriate types, set a minimum image size if you desire, hit save and you’re all set. Happy publishing!

Anything else?

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