WordPress is a great CMS. It’s easy to set a featured image to the post from admin but it’s panic when we try to upload an image from the front end and trying to set it as a featured image. To allow featured image from the front end, you need to create a front end template, Where you can upload an image and can set it to featured image.

Step 1: Create an upload Image HTML.

Below is the featured image input type. Place it in your code. For the demo, I have used only file type.

<form action="" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data"> 
<input type="file" name="FeatureImage"> 
<input type="submit" name="btnSubmit" value="Submit"> 

Step 2: Submit Response.

After implementing the form, We need to get all the form information after submitting the form. Use the below code and merge it with your existing code.

    $target_dir =ABSPATH.'/wp-content/uploads/'.date('Y').'/'.date('m').'/';
    $date= date('m-d-Y-H-i-s' );
    $target_file = $target_dir.$date."-".$_FILES['FeatureImage']['name'];
        $file_path = $date."-".$_FILES['FeatureImage']['name'];
    $image_url = $target_file; // Define the image URL here
    $upload_dir = wp_upload_dir(); // Set upload folder
    $image_data = file_get_contents($image_url); // Get image data
    $filename = basename($image_url); // Create image file name
    $file_without_ext_1 = substr($filename, 0, strrpos(""."", $filename));
    if($file_path != ''){
        // Check image file type
        $wp_filetype = wp_check_filetype( $filename, null );
        // Set attachment data
        $attachment = array(
            'post_mime_type' => $wp_filetype['type'],
            'post_title' => sanitize_file_name( $filename ),
            'post_content' => '',
            'post_status' => 'inherit'
        // Create the attachment
        $attach_id = wp_insert_attachment( $attachment, $image_url , $post_id );
        // Include image.php
        require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/image.php');
        // Define attachment metadata
        $attach_data = wp_generate_attachment_metadata( $attach_id, $image_url );
        // Assign metadata to attachment
        wp_update_attachment_metadata( $attach_id, $attach_data );
        // And finally assign featured image to post
        set_post_thumbnail( $post_id, $attach_id );


In the above code, ‘FeatureImage’ is the name of the file input file. Please change it as per your form.