How to Show Featured Image in WordPress RSS Feed

If you have used the RSS feed on your WordPress blog you may have realized the featured image isn’t included in your feed.

Having an RSS feed with images will improve your syndication and may come in handy later since marketing tools like Mailchimp use RSS feeds to build newsletters.

In this quick guide we’ll be showing you how to display your featured image in the WordPress RSS feed using a plugin or with a functions.php code snippet.

Show Featured Image in WordPress RSS Feed Functions.php Code

If you’re familiar with editing your functions.php file you can use the code snippet below to display images in your RSS feed.

There is also a plugin you can use called Code Snippets which can come in handy if you want to add code to your site instead of constantly adding new plugins.

Show Featured Image in WordPress RSS Feed Plugin

If coding isn’t your thing and you’re looking for a WordPress RSS feed plugin with image there are a few options. For this guide we will be using the Featured Images in RSS plugin from the WordPress.org repository.

All you need to do is install and activate this plugin and your WordPress RSS feed will have images embedded.

The plugin also offers a few options depending if you want the featured image above your content or floating to the left/right.

Andy Feliciotti

Andy Feliciotti

Andy has been a full time WordPress developer for over 10 years. Through his years of experience has built 100s of sites and learned plenty of tricks along the way.

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