Adding Featured Image in Genesis

I recently switched my site over to Genesis and the Sixteen Nine theme. While I am super impressed with the framework and the child theme, I was disappointed to see that featured images are not included on individual posts.

Because Genesis has such a great community, after a quick search I found an article which described how to add the featured images to individual posts.

Here is that snippet:

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add_action( 'genesis_after_post_title', 'child_featured_post_image' );
function child_featured_post_image() {
if ( $image = genesis_get_image( 'format=url&size=post-image' ) ) {
printf( '<a href="%s" rel="bookmark"><img src="%s" alt="%s" /></a>', get_permalink(), $image, the_title_attribute( 'echo=0' ) );

But, Natalie’s snippet didn’t work for me…

Featured Image in Genesis HTML5

After a little bit of digging, I found that her code had been written for Genesis 1.x. This was also brought up in the comments, which, in hindsight, I probably should have read before even trying to use the snippet 🙂

Looking at the Genesis Hook Reference, I found the correct hook to use. I then recoded Valerie’s snippet to retrieve the featured image using the_post_thumbnail() , which is a core WordPress function. This is due more to my inexperience with Genesis than anything else. I can’t speak to which method is better.

add_action( 'genesis_before_entry_content', 'child_featured_post_image' );
function child_featured_post_image() {
if( is_single() )
the_post_thumbnail('post-image', array('class'=&gt;'aligncenter'));

This snippet will add a featured image to each post, if it exists, and apply a class of aligncenter  to it. You can change the alignment to be left or right aligned simply by changing aligncenter to alignleft or alignright .

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