How to Add Text Over Featured Images in WordPress

How to Add Text Over Featured Images in WordPress

Looking to add text over featured images on your WordPress site?

Adding a text caption to featured images lets you add some context to your posts. But, if your WordPress theme doesn’t come with a built-in feature for this, it can be hard to set up.

Thankfully, there are some easy ways to add text over featured images in WordPress without resorting to custom code, and I’m going to share them with you in this post.

In total, I’ll show you four different methods:

  • Two different free plugins that let you add captions to featured images
  • A native block in the WordPress block editor
  • Elementor and Elementor Pro

Ready to get started? Let’s dig in…

First – Check If Your Theme Supports Featured Image Captions

Before I get into the other methods to add text over featured images in WordPress, it’s worth checking if your theme already supports featured image captions.

For example, when I test with the new Twenty Twenty default theme, the theme will automatically display the caption that I set in the WordPress Media Library:

Featured image caption in Twenty Twenty WordPress theme

For reference, this is how I set the caption:

How to Add Text Over Featured Images in WordPress 1

So if your theme supports it, that’s an easy way to add captions to featured images.

However, not all themes support this. When I tested the exact same thing in



This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.

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