How to customize your thumbnail image in WordPress

header_thumbnailsI was asked the other day on Twitter about how to customize a thumbnail image in WordPress. If you’ve been on WordPress much and have a site that dynamically resizes your photos for different purposes you’ve probably had an image cropped quite awkwardly. It’s happened to me quite a bit but I never took the time to actually figure out how to change my thumbnail crops to avoid problems.

The question last week made me realize I probably should take the time to learn and share.

Typically, when I’m posed with a question I don’t know, I first turn to my students who generally know the answer. It was a great way to start my day, I became the student and the student became the teacher. Here’s what I learned about customizing thumbnail images in WordPress posts.


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Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 19th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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