Post thumbnails are pretty useful and pretty easy to use in WordPress. Simply add:
To a theme's functions.php file and you'll get a Featured Image module on the admin screen for posts which allows you to select one.
It is also very easy to output that image as an HTML :
But what if you just need the URL? Say, you're going to use it as a background-image on an element rather than a content image. Unfortunately there is no super easy/obvious function for that.
Within the loop, you'll have to do:
$thumb_id = get_post_thumbnail_id(); $thumb_url_array = wp_get_attachment_image_src($thumb_id, 'thumbnail-size', true); $thumb_url = $thumb_url_array;
Then $thumb_url will be that URL.