Fastest Way to Add Featured Images to Multiple WordPress Posts

How can you add featured images to multiple WordPress posts easily? When we decided to display post thumbnails in our theme, adding post thumbnail support to the WordPress theme was easy, but the fact that you needed to allocate a Featured image for each post was a very laborious task as you had to manually edit each post, go to the Media Gallery for the article and then label a featured image.

Featured Images

I tried it for a few posts and then gave up. There had to be a faster way to do this.

Featured Image Bulk Select

Well the Bulk-Select Featured Image WordPress plugin came in very handy as it allowed us to select Featured Images directly from the media library view! The media library is available from the WP Admin > Media.

What this plugin did was add a new “Use as Featured Image”link beside each post in the media library. Simply choose the image and click the link, and you have labelled a Featured image for the post.

multiple featured image

So this allows you to allot Featured Images to multiple posts quickly, without visiting each post! I am sure you found this useful.


  1. Terry.a says:

    I wonder if there I a similar feature to do images on author bios instead of having to go and find the URL .

  2. Durga says:

    Yes. This is an useful post. I tried this once and left. Now, following your tip. Thanks.

  3. TastyPlacement says:

    With WordPress 3.5, this no longer works, the plugin isn’t compatible with the new media manager that rolled out with this update.

  4. Graciel says:

    Bulk featured image plug no longer works. Now it adds an ‘attach’ field on every image that you then have to scroll through every post you have to attach the image to a post. Useless.

  5. Joe says:

    Just tried this plugin August 1, 2013. Does not work.

  6. Jacqui says:

    It worked great for me until I made a child theme – I saw the link beside the post with the parent theme. The plug-ins still activated but the link’s no longer there in the media library.
    Any ideas please?

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