Conditionally display featured image on singular posts and pages


Important notice

If your theme does a customized call to load the featured image (like the Twenty Seventeen theme), this plugin might not work! Use get_the_post_thumbnail(), wp_get_attachment_image() or the Post Featured Image block to be sure it will work.
By default, the plugin also only hides the featured image, if it is loaded within the loop. See the FAQ on how to use the plugin if you theme loads the featured image outside the loop.


This plugin lets you choose for each post or page, if the featured image should be shown in the single view. This can get handy, if you use the featured image to show a thumbnail on the archives or front page but you don’t want the featured image to be shown on every posts view itself.

The plugin adds a simple checkbox to the featured image panel (or meta box if you are using the classic editor), that lets you choose, if the featured image will be shown in the singular view or not.


  • Backend
  • Frontend


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/conditional-featured-image directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins screen in WordPress


The plugin doesn’t work with my theme. What can I do?

Typically there are two possibilities why the plugin is not compatible with your theme:

1) The theme loads the featured image before the loop (e.g. in the header).
2) The theme makes a custom call to load the featured image.

In case 1 you can initialize the plugin early and disable the in_the_loop check. To do so, add the following snippet to your functions.php:

function cybocfi_set_startup_hook() {
    return 'get_header';

add_filter( 'cybocfi_startup_hook', 'cybocfi_set_startup_hook' );
add_filter( 'cybocfi_only_hide_in_the_loop', '__return_false' );

Be aware, that this might have some side effects: e.g. it might also hide the featured image from plugins that would normally see it, like SEO plugins or the ‹latest posts› plugin.

In case 2 either

  • kindly ask the theme developer to use one of the dedicated WordPress functions (wp_get_attachment_image(), get_the_post_thumbnail(), the_post_thumbnail()) to load the featured image in the singular views.
  • or create a child theme that replaces the call, that loads the featured image, with one of the methods listed above.

Is this plugin GDPR compliant?

This plugin does not process or store any personal information. Hence, it is fully GDPR compliant without any further ado.

Can I hide featured images by default?

Yes. Just add the following line to your functions.php:

add_filter('cybocfi_hide_by_default', '__return_true');

All new posts and pages will now hide the featured image by default (checkbox is checked by default). Existing posts and pages won’t be changed.

You may also set different default values depending on the post type:

function cybocfi_set_default_hiding_state( $default, $post_type ) {
    if ( 'post' === $post_type ) {
        $default = true; // set the default state for posts
    } else if ( 'page' === $post_type ) {
        $default = false; // set the default state for pages

    return $default;
add_filter( 'cybocfi_hide_by_default', 'cybocfi_set_default_hiding_state', 10, 2 );

Can I limit this plugin to posts (and exclude other post types)?

Yes. By default, the plugin is available on any post type, that has a featured image. But there is a filter, that lets you control, for which post types the plugin should be available. The following example disables it for anything except for posts:

function cybocfi_limit_to_posts( $enabled, $post_type ) {
    if ( 'post' === $post_type ) {
        return $enabled;

    return false;
add_filter( 'cybocfi_enabled_for_post_type', 'cybocfi_limit_to_posts', 10, 2 );

The filter provides you the current post type and you can decide if you want to use the plugin for this post type by returning true to enable and false to disable it. Add the following snippet to your functions.php to enable the plugin for posts and pages, but disable it for any other post type:

function cybocfi_limit_to_posts_and_pages( $enabled, $post_type ) {
    $allowed_post_types = array( 'post', 'page' ); // add any post type you want to use the plugin with
    return in_array( $post_type, $allowed_post_types );
add_filter( 'cybocfi_enabled_for_post_type', 'cybocfi_limit_to_posts_and_pages', 10, 2 );

Is it possible to get the plugin in my language?

Absolutely. You’re invited to contribute a translation in your language. Please keep in mind, that the translation needs to be reviewed by the community, so it will take a little while until it gets accepted.

How can I change the text of the checkbox?

There is a filter hook for this. Add the following snippet to your functions.php:

function cybocfi_set_featured_image_label( $label ) {
    return 'Hide featured image in post'; // change this string
add_filter( 'cibocfi_checkbox_label', 'cybocfi_set_featured_image_label' );

I can’t save posts in WordPress 5.7.0

A bug in WordPress core #52787 may render this plugin unusable if a second plugin uses post meta values in a certain way. People who are affected by this problem see the following error message «Updating failed. Could not delete meta value from database.». As the issue is related to WordPress core the workaround is to downgrade to WordPress 5.6.2 or to upgrade to WordPress 5.7.1. To our current knowledge, only very few users are affected by this defect. The Conditionally display featured image on singular posts and pages plugin itself works as expected for WordPress 5.7.0 and the issue may only appear if a second plugin triggers the bug in WordPress core.

I’m getting a deprecation notice, what must I do?

The cybocfi_post_type filter was deprecated in favor of cybocfi_enabled_for_post_type, as the filter arguments were used in an unusual way. Transitioning from the former to the latter is easy. Here an example:

// Using the deprecated filter - REMOVE THIS CALL
function cybocfi_limit_to_posts( $post_type, $enabled ) {
    if ( 'post' === $post_type ) {
        return $enabled;

    return false;
add_filter( 'cybocfi_post_type', 'cybocfi_limit_to_posts', 10, 2 );

// Using the new filter - THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE NOW
function cybocfi_limit_to_posts( $enabled, $post_type ) {
    if ( 'post' === $post_type ) {
        return $enabled;

    return false;
add_filter( 'cybocfi_enabled_for_post_type', 'cybocfi_limit_to_posts', 10, 2 );

All you’ve got to do is:

1) Change the filter hook from cybocfi_post_type to cybocfi_enabled_for_post_type.
2) Swap the filter functions arguments. $enabled is now the first argument $post_type the second.

In case you’ve only used one argument ($post_type), you must not only adapt the function signature, but also add the priority and number of arguments to your add_filter() function call. Just as it is shown in the example above.


19. September 2023
Doesn't Work If You Want Featured Image Hidden On Page, But Appearing in Social. I downloaded "Conditionally display featured image on singular posts and pages" because I need featured images to show up in Facebook posts but not on the page when it's viewed in its own window. This plugin does NOT accomplish this. Maybe it does something else, but the description led me to believe it would do this Waste of time! The search for a solution continues ...
26. Mai 2023 1 reply
I have finished the Korean translation.I just want to say thank you for developing such a good plugin.And I hope it will be translated into more languages so that many WordPress users can use it conveniently. Conditionally display featured image on singular posts and pages 한국어 번역을 모두 마쳤습니다.좋은 플러그인을 개발해 주어서 고맙다는 인사를 전하고 싶습니다.그리고 보다 많은 언어로 번역되어 많은 워드프레스 사용자들이 편리하게 사용할 수 있기를 바랍니다.
23. November 2022
Using on the Minimalist Newspaper theme, and it does exactly what it says it does. All I wanted was a thumbnail on the posts listing, not a giant expanded thumbnail on the post itself. This plug-in solves that problem.
19. September 2022
First, let me say, this plugin is great! Now the suggestion, it would be awesome if the developers can add a checkbox (on/off) at the admin list of posts window level. I have over 300 posts, and I've turned this app on for about 20% so far (Display featured image in post lists only, hide on singular views). Problem is, I did not keep track of which one's were turned on since I did not do this in any structured fashion. My disorganized approach aside, I think this app would still be so much more powerful and efficient to be able to turn it on/off at the admin list of posts window level, since you won't have to go into every individual post just to do that, and you can see exactly which posts have it on/off. Note, a global on/off would not work since some posts still need to remain off. Thanks for the app.
2. August 2022 3 replies
That's all, it just doesn't do anything it says. Installed, activated, selected the checkbox to not display image on post page, image still displays. Wordpress really needs to clean up the plugins and remove the ones that no longer function.
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Contributors & Developers

“Conditionally display featured image on singular posts and pages” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Conditionally display featured image on singular posts and pages” has been translated into 4 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Compatibility with Gutenberg 16.6.0
  • Updated dependencies


  • Fixes fatal error for users that customized the startup hook so the query could not be set.


  • Improved compatibility with the block editor
  • Updated dependencies

We’ve tested the release thoroughly – however depending on the theme and plugin you use, this release might be breaking in some exceptional cases.


  • The featured image is now displayed inside the query block
  • Small performance and readability improvement
  • Updated dependencies


  • Improved compatibility for block themes
  • The cybocfi_enabled_for_post_type filter now also applies directly to the output in the frontend
  • Refactored plugin architecture from single file to single class per file
  • Updated dependencies


  • Don’t hide featured image from oEmbed requests.
  • Updated dependencies


  • Show deprecation notice if cybocfi_post_type filter is used. Props to @swissspidy for bringing apply_filters_deprecated() to my attention.


  • Deprecated cybocfi_post_type filter in favor of the new cybocfi_enabled_for_post_type filter. Props to @swissspidy for highlighting the issues with cybocfi_post_type.
  • Updated dependencies


  • Added filter to bypass the in_the_loop() test so the plugin can be made compatible with themes that load the featured image outside the main loop.


  • Fixed bug that was hiding the featured image in the latest posts widget. Props to @molcsa for pointing this out.
  • Updated dependencies


  • Extended FAQ
  • Updated dependencies
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.8.2


  • Added hook for early initialization
  • Extended FAQ
  • Small refactorings
  • Updated dependencies


  • Tested up to WordPress 5.7
  • Updated dependencies


  • Added support for the Custom Post Type UI plugin
  • Updated dependencies


  • Added support for the twentynineteen theme


  • Fix: Do not remove the featured image in queries executed after the main query
  • Updated dependencies


  • Respect the cybocfi_hide_by_default filter for programmatically added posts
  • Small refactorings
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.6.0
  • Updated dependencies


  • Added filter to hide featured images by default
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.5.1
  • Extended FAQ
  • Updated dependencies


  • Tested up to WordPress 5.5 (RC1)
  • Extended FAQ
  • Updated dependencies


  • Allow to enable/disable the plugin by post type


  • Allow filtering the featured image checkbox label
  • Update readme
  • Update dependencies


  • Exclude none essential data from SVN


  • Update dependencies


  • Add support for Yoast SEO (don’t filter image for the social header data)


  • Add support for the block editor (Gutenberg)
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.2.2


  • Makes sure, we do only modify the main post
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.0.0


  • Make it more robust so it will also work with Elementor
  • Tested up to WordPress 4.9.6


  • Tested up to WordPress 4.7.3
  • Tested up to WordPress 4.8.0
  • Tested up to WordPress 4.9.0


  • Tested up to WordPress 4.7.2


  • Get ready for language packs (set text domain equal to the name of the plugins folder, remove load_plugin_textdomain)


  • Tested up to WordPress 4.7.0
  • Removed language folder. Languages are now loaded from


  • Improve plugin title
  • Improve checkbox string
  • Improve documentation
  • Updated stable tag


  • Updated stable tag


  • Extended functionality to pages


  • Initial public release