Blog Featured Images
Every Blog Post you create requires at least one featured image. The featured image that you upload for a Blog Post will display on its Single Post Page (unless you disable it globally via the Theme Options or locally via the Fusion Page Options), as a thumbnail when using the Blog or Recent Posts Element, on the Post Slider Element, on Archive Page thumbnails, and even on Search Results.
The image below shows the Blog page of the Gym Demo, with the Blog Element displaying a Grid layout, and Featured Images of various aspect ratios.
Adding Featured Images
As discussed earlier, you add Featured images on the individual blog posts. You only need one, but you can upload up to 5 by default, and it’s possible to add a video featured image as well. See the Blog Single Posts document for more info on the options you have with uploading multiple Featured images.
Size Of Featured Images
This one requires some consideration. Where you wish to display the Featured Images plays a role in your considerations.
When you add a Featured Image, by default, it shows at the top of the individual blog post. This image displays at the full width of the content (site width) or the full width of the Column if using Sidebars. So if you’re going with the default, it’s important that your Featured Images are the appropriate width for your site.
If desired, the Featured Image can also be turned off on Single Blog Pages on the Theme Options > Blog > Blog Single Post tab, and for the Archive pages on the Theme Options > Blog > General Blog tab. If you take this path, the Featured Image will still show as a thumbnail on the Archive Pages, and when using the Blog, or Recent Posts Element, and possibly much larger if using the Post Slider Element.
In this case, you can use a smaller featured image size. We recommend using an image at least 700px in width, as the Recent Posts Element requires Featured Images to be at least this size for them to be uniformly cropped when the images are different aspect ratios. In any case, even if you have uploaded a larger Featured Image, Avada is smart enough to only load the image size that is necessary for the layout, rather than just loading the full-size image. Please see our How Avada Controls Responsive Images document for more information on this.
If on the other hand, you want to have Featured Images on your single post pages, or you want to use the Post Slider Element, or add the Featured Images into your posts manually, you might want to upload an image size closer to the site width, or even bigger. The bottom line here is that Avada controls responsive images for you, and so it’s better to upload a larger Featured Image than one too small.
Aspect Ratio Of Featured Images
Another thing to consider is the aspect ratio of your Featured Images. With the Blog Element, if you want consistency with layout, it’s best to use all the same size and aspect ratio for your Featured Images. However, this is not at all necessary. As seen above on the image from the Gym Demo at the top of the page, a Grid Layout with images of different aspect ratios can look great. And if you wanted to use the Masonry Layout, having images of different aspect ratios is a pretty much a necessity. So it all depends on your goals. What is important to know is how the different Elements and Layouts affect the original Featured Images.
When using the Blog Element, most of the layouts respect the original aspect ratio of the Featured Images. The exception to this is the Medium and Medium Alternate layouts, which both crop the images to a uniform aspect ratio for a better looking layout.
Recent Posts Element
With the Recent Posts Element, there is a Picture Size option in the Element Options. The choices are Fixed or Auto. Fixed means that the images will be cropped to all have the same aspect ratio, whereas if you choose Auto, it will respect the original aspect ratio. As illustrated below, if all images had the same size and aspect ratio, then it wouldn’t matter which option was chosen.
As noted above, for the Fixed option to uniformly crop all images, all the Featured Images need to be a minimum of 700px in width.
Featured Image Theme Options
There is a range of global Theme Options that relate to Blog Featured images. See them all below.
Featured Image / Video on Blog Archive Page – This option turns the Featured Image on or off on Blog Archive pages and is found on the Theme Options > Blog > General Blog tab.
Featured Image / Video on Single Blog Post – This option turns the Featured Image on or off on Single Blog Posts and is found on the Theme Options > Blog > Blog Single Post tab.
Posts Slideshow Images – This option controls the number of featured image boxes for blog/portfolio posts and is found on the Theme Options > Slideshows tab.
Lightbox For Featured Images On Single Post Pages – This option enables the lightbox on single blog and portfolio posts for the main featured images and is found on the Theme Options > Lightbox tab.
Live Search Display Featured Image – This option displays the featured image of each live search result and is found on the Theme Options > Search > Search Form tab.
Featured Images for Search Results – This option displays featured images for search results and is found on the Theme Options > Search > Search Page tab.
Image Placeholders – This option displays a placeholder image for posts that do not have a featured image. This allows the post to display on portfolio archives and related posts/projects carousels and is found on the Theme Options > Extra > Miscellaneous tab.
Related Posts / Projects Image Size – This option relates to the Related Projects when using Blogs and Portfolios. Please see the Related Posts doc for more info. This is found on the Theme Options > Extra > Related Posts / Projects tab.
Image Rollover – This option displays the rollover graphic on blog and portfolio featured images and is found on the Theme Options > Extra > Featured Image Rollover tab.