Category featured image -thumbnails in WordPress category page

How to show category featured image, Twenty Ten thumbnails in category page.

Since i have made a video tutorial about wordpress 3 set featured image, i have been receiving many emails and questions about if it is possible to display category featured image in wordpress category page, in this case, i am using Twenty Ten theme.

If you use other themes, it should be different story, because every themes has different codes.

I advice that you should ask to theme’s creators or support forums if you want to display the post thumbnails to your category page (non-Twenty Ten theme users).

Displaying category featured image code.

The main code that we have to add, in order to display thumbnails in Twenty Ten’s theme is very simple actually.

I have done some Google researches, and most people give the complicated advanced PHP code, if you are non-techie like myself.

The code of category featured image that we will use:

<?php the_post_thumbnail();?>

As you can see, it is not a different code than putting thumbnails in your home or index page. It uses this code, but we will place it in different place.

Category featured image -how to show thumbnails in category page (Twenty Ten) Video and Steps:

End result image:

wordpress featured image category
The end result of this tutorial.

Video Tutorial:


1. See my wordpress 3.0 set featured image first, before you follow this, at least the css code, because it is very important to specify the image width and height.

2. In your dashboard, find Appearance → Editor button.

3. Search for loop.php

4. Look where we added:<?php the_post_thumbnail();?> in loop.php

5. In my wordpress 3.0 set featured image post, we have actually added the code inside the “entry-content” div.

Above this “entry-content” div, there is “entry-summary” div.

Paste the code there.

See image below after we have pasted the code, there are two lines of the same code in our loop.php by now.

category featured image
Two same line of codes in loop.php.

6. Click the update button after you added the code.

7. The post thumbnails should also be displayed in Twenty Ten category’s page by now.

That’s how i display category featured image.

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  1. says

    Another way of achieving this is given at globinch. Read How to Create WordPress Thumbnail Based Post Archives

  2. Ryan says

    Please help me. I think I am missing something simple. I have gone through both of your videos, and I cannot make the featured images display on my category pages.
    Please look at my testimonials page. That is the one I want to make work correctly, but it will not. I am using an edited 2010 theme.

  3. Ryan says

    I am sorry, but I cannot tell if you got my comment.
    I am having trouble making the images display on my testimonial page, which is just a category page.
    Please Help.

    • says

      Hi Ryan,

      I can not help much except the videos I have posted, imagine I have to help all of my readers and people who emailed me as well..

      I suggest you to go to wordpress support forum, or hire someone.

      Kind regards,


  4. yakinzaman says

    Hi admin, I have a problem on my theme in bloom wpnow helpDid he you get there is the problem? Find and post special areas to put into that category featured content higlights headline news in the form of photographs of specific areas to be entered in which key should I enter the keys articleimg, thumbnail, gallery plugins I used featured_thumbnail even featured content. wpnow help section for the website have themes, but the problem continues to bloom. Unfortunately, your help could not solve the problem thank you in advance.