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Category Featured Images


This plugin allows to set a featured image for each category.
Posts without a featured image set will show the category’s featured image instead.
Featured images usually are placed by the theme in the single post page, in the latest posts page, etc.
But can also be shown using the shortcode [cfi_featured_image] or the PHP function cfi_featured_image(). To get the featured image URL I added the function cfi_featured_image_url().

Shortcode/PHP function optional arguments:

  • ’size’: ‘thumbnail’,’medium’, ‘large’, ‘full’
  • ‘class’: class of the image tag
  • ‘alt’: alternative text of the image tag
  • ‘title’: title of the image tag
  • ‘cat_id’: select a specific category id

Shortcode example:

[cfi_featured_image size="large" title="This is a test..." class="my-image" alt="My image"]

Function example 1:

cfi_featured_image( array( 'size' => 'large', 'title' => 'This is a test...', 'class' => 'my-image', 'alt' => 'My image' ) );

Function example 2:

cfi_featured_image_url( array( 'size' => 'large' ) );


  • If a post has more than a category with a featured image the first available is loaded
  • If a category hasn’t a featured image but it has a parent category with a featured image the parent one is loaded


  • Edit category page


  1. Install and activate the plugin
  2. Go in Posts \ Categories
  3. Edit a category
  4. Set the category featured image


6 An t-Samhain 2017
The plugin works. But the “last updated” date is more that 2 years ago. Which was preventing me from using this plugin. The developer needs to push an update.
3 An t-Sultain 2016
I love this plugin. It saves time and adds a layer of flexibility to WordPress. Now a user can select a default image for categories without having to edit any code. As a developer, I don’t want the user to have to edit code so this is a great feature. Thank You! Not sure if this plugin is still being updated or if it was abandoned> I hope it is still alive 🙂
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Contributors & Developers

“Category Featured Images” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Added ‘cat_id’ param to cfi_featured_image


  • Loads parent category image if nothing is found before


  • Added ‘cat_id’ param to cfi_featured_image_url


  • Improvement: cfi_featured_image in category archive pages shows the current image
  • New PHP function: cfi_featured_image_url()


  • New shortcode: cfi_featured_image()
  • New PHP function: cfi_featured_image()