How to add the Featured Image to WordPress RSS Feed


By default, WordPress does not include the featured image in the RSS feed of your posts.


Add this snippet of code to your functions.php or a mu-plugin. The below code uses the ‘large’ format image of the file saved as the featured image for the post.

function featuredIMGtoRSS($content) {
global $post;
if ( has_post_thumbnail( $post->ID ) ){
$content = '<div>' . get_the_post_thumbnail( $post->ID, 'large', array( 'style' => 'margin-bottom: 15px;' ) ) . '</div>' . $content;
return $content;
add_filter('the_excerpt_rss', 'featuredIMGtoRSS');
add_filter('the_content_feed', 'featuredIMGtoRSS');

How To: PHP to Display Current Year

An alternative method to using jQuery to display the current year would be to get the date server side with a language like PHP. If your web hosting can run PHP you can deploy the following PHP code to display the current year.

<?php echo date('Y'); ?>

Printing the current year on the page with a PHP script is commonly used to display a copyright year in the footer.

Current year isn’t the only format the PHP date() can display. Visit the date function page on to see the other formatting parameters.