Let’s say you want to be sure every single post, in ever single post type, has a featured image. And you know someone might forget but you don’t want to have to open up every damn post to see.

There are a lot of answers to this problem, and I love that there’s a plugin that will add in a Featured Image Column that shows a teeny featured image. But it wasn’t what I wanted. It was over kill.

All I needed was a simple check mark for if there was an image and an X if there wasn’t, and that would suit me fine. And I wanted the column to be small, without a lot of fuss or folderol. I wanted something simple:

My Featured Image Column

That gives me a fast overview of if everything is what I wanted and where I wanted.

The Code

The code itself is the most basic column code, with a little bit of magic to put it as the first column on the list. Since I want to show this on all post types, I used the generic functions.

 * Show mark if featured image is set
 * @since 1.1

add_filter('manage_posts_columns', 'helf_fi_manage_posts_columns');
function helf_fi_manage_posts_columns( $columns ) {
	if ( !is_array( $columns ) ) $columns = array();
	$new_columns = array();

	foreach( $columns as $key => $title ) {
		if ( $key == 'title' ) $new_columns['featured_image'] = '<span class="dashicons dashicons-camera"></span>';
		$new_columns[$key] = $title;

	return $new_columns;

add_action('manage_posts_custom_column', 'helf_fi_manage_posts_custom_column', 10, 2);
function helf_fi_manage_posts_custom_column( $column_name, $post_ID ) {
    if ($column_name == 'featured_image') {
        $post_featured_image = helf_fi_manage_column_check( $post_ID );
        $output = '<span class="dashicons dashicons-no"></span>';
        if ( $post_featured_image && $post_featured_image == true ) $output = '<span class="dashicons dashicons-yes"></span>';
        echo $output;

function helf_fi_manage_column_check( $post_ID ) {
    $post_thumbnail_id = get_post_thumbnail_id( $post_ID );
    $post_thumbnail_img = false;
    if ( $post_thumbnail_id ) $post_thumbnail_img = true;
	return $post_thumbnail_img;

add_action( 'admin_print_scripts', 'helf_fi_admin_print_styles' );
function helf_fi_admin_print_styles(){
	echo '
		td.featured_image.column-featured_image {
			max-height: 25px;
			max-width: 25px;
			width: 25px;
			color: #444;
		td.featured_image span.dashicons-no {
			color: #dc3232;
		td.featured_image span.dashicons-yes {
			color: #46b450;
		div#screen-options-wrap.hidden span.dashicons-camera {
			padding-top: 5px;

Fork and enjoy!

Reader Interactions


  1. This is exactly what 99% of plugins should be. SIMPLE!!!

    Thanks for sharing. This is a great addition to the post list for client sites.

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