How to add a Featured Post section to your WordPress Blog?

In this post I'll be giving a small but efficient tutorial to add a Featured Post to your WordPress Blog. There are a lot of posts available over different sites and here I'll explain how to do it with ease.

In this post I’ll be giving a small but efficient tutorial to add a Featured Post to your WordPress Blog. There are a lot of posts available over different sites and here I’ll explain how to do it with ease..!!

Image of featured post section at Devils Workshop

Now, you have to edit 3 files of your currently used theme to set this up:

  • Functions.php
  • Style.css (stylesheet)
  • Home.php (home page template)

1. Editing Functions.php

Open the functions.php file of your template and just add the code given in following file to it and save it.


NB: You may add this at the first line or last line if you dont know where to add.

2.Editing Style.css

Open the stylesheet file in the themes folder and add the following codes to it.

#featured {
margin:5px 10px;
#featured_title {
float: left;
width: 125px;
font-size: 120%;
font-weight: bold;
padding: 15px 10px;
#featured_content {
width: 445px;
padding: 0px 10px 10px 10px;
text-align: justify;

Now, the next task is to add a code to the home page such that it shows your featured post.
Your theme may sometimes have a seperate home page(home.php) file or some times an index(index.php) file which is used to show the individual post as well as the home page.
If your theme donot have any home.php file you have to create it. Just copy paste the entire content in index.php and save this as home.php.

Now refer to the following screenshot and add the code just where it is in screenshot.
This is the code that you need to add.
code to be added to home.php



The basic things are done.

How does it work?

Once you are done with this, add a category called FEATURED. Be sure that the spelling is the same as it works on this.
Now head to add-post section and write an article that has to be posted. If it is a featured post mark the category as FEATURED and publish it.

Now, this is done. If you have queries do ask in the comment section here. 🙂

[Editor’s Note: This post is submitted by our guest blogger Arjun S Kumar.

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Gautam June 8, 2009

There are many wordpress plugins to do the same thing… you can list some of them here too…

Arjun S Kumar June 8, 2009

@ Gautam

I explained how to do this without any plugin. 😛

Harsh Agrawal June 9, 2009

Gautam which plugins you are talking about?

@ Arjun
Nice tut…

Gagan June 9, 2009

@ Arun

When I opened OrkutBuddy, Firefox said :

“This web site at has been reported as an attack site and has been blocked based on your security preferences”


Arjun S Kumar June 9, 2009

Thanks for notification. Dont know why it is so, i never saw anything like that. Did anyone else saw that..??

BTW I’m not Arun I’m Arjun …Okay Gagan..

Simran June 9, 2009

@ Arjun

I too saw this warning !!!

Arjun S Kumar June 9, 2009

@ Simran


I’ll take guard of it..

Gagan June 10, 2009

sorry Arun, oh Arjun :p

Arjun S Kumar June 11, 2009

@ Gagan and @ Simran

Yaar I have cleared the badwares at orkutbuddy.

Please do inform me if you get the same message again..


Simran June 11, 2009

@ Arjun

Its opening now 🙁

Rahul Bansal June 16, 2009

OrkutBuddy never had any badware hosted on itself.
It is hosted on shared server where we have some bad neighbors.
I have opened a support ticket with Dreamhost.
Lets see what they say about this.


Its always better, NOT to use plugins for trivial stuff.

neer July 12, 2009

Hey Arjun,

first of all nice script…

It still dont allow downloading

So please take it to other host and provide us the links

Srinivas July 14, 2009

My avast even shows It has detected a trojan when i forcefully visit the site and asks me to abort connection

Arjun S Kumar July 14, 2009

@neer and @ Srinivas

Ya I’m aware of that and will be fixing it soon..

Harsh Agrawal July 14, 2009

thanks for the link

That featured slider plugin gives a whole new look to the blog. Though down side is it will increase the page loading time by few sec..

Rishabh August 20, 2009

The attack warning is still there..

Arjun S Kumar August 21, 2009

@ Rishab

Thanks for the info..

M8ke November 8, 2009

That’s what i was looking for…
One question tho : what code do i have to insert to get my featured post NOT duplicated in my posts content ??

karan israni October 11, 2010

Is there a way to display 5 featured posts with thumbnails at the top on my homepage? They’ll just show thumbnail and one line of the concerned post. And yeah, ‘I’ get to decide which posts appear there.

So, is it possible? How?

Jenny April 29, 2011

Is it possible to add an thumbnail image with the post? If so, please let me know how.

Ottilie August 16, 2012

I stupidly added the PHP to my functions.php file and now my website is not loading whatsoever. No login page, no dashboard, just white pages. How do I fix this?

nick January 17, 2013

Is it possible to see a demo of this featured post? I dont wanna go through it all only to find out i dont like how it looks, lol