Everyone says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, people still do, and the same goes for featured images on your WordPress website.Of all photos on your site, none are more important than this one. When paired with an engaging title, the right featured image grabs people’s attention and gets them excited to view your content. On page load, it’s one of the first things your visitors see, and signals whether your hard work is worth a reader’s time.

Needless to say, it’s important to get your featured image right. A warped, blurry, poorly-formatted, or disproportionately-sized featured image suggests you haven’t put enough work into what comes after it. How can your content be valuable if you can’t even nail the first photo?