Difference Between a Cover Image and a Featured Image in WordPress

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This is a an example of a cover Image

One of the new features that were introduced with WordPress 5.0 is the Gutenberg editor. This replaced the Classic Editor that people have been using for so long. Gutenberg is also called the block editor. It had actually been around for some months as a plugin but became the default editor with WordPress 5.0. One of the things that you may have noticed if you have been using Gutenberg is that it allows you to have both a cover image and a featured image in your posts. So, what’s the difference between a cover image and a featured image in the WordPress block editor?

The WordPress Cover Image

The cover image is a wide image that you place within the post itself. Cover images can be used when starting new sections in your post. The WordPress Gutenberg editor allows you to add text and color overlays to the cover images in your posts. You can also add a link to the cover image in your WordPress posts.

What is a Featured Image in WordPress?

In Gutenberg, the WordPress featured image has not changed from what it was under the Classic Editor. A featured image in WordPress is representative of your article and is the main image in any given article.

Featured images appear in a number of places, including on your website and on social media feeds to which you have shared your posts. In fact, the featured image is the first thing that people will ever see ifyour post.

It’s important, therefore, for you to make sure that it is a worthwhile representative of the article that you are writing.


To summarize, the cover image in a WordPress article is embedded within the post and is essentially a part of the post. Cover images can be representative of particular sections within the post. The featured image on the other hand represents the entire post and is usually the first thing that people will see when their encounter your article.

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