Inherit Featured Image

If you’d like to continue using the_post_thumbnail in your theme, but do not want to use a fixed default, use this snippet to inherit images from parent pages.

global $post;

if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) {


} else {

	echo get_the_post_thumbnail($post->post_parent);


Update, December 15, 2015

Inherit the_post_thumbnail from ancestor:

global $post;

$parents = get_post_ancestors( $post->ID );

/* Get the ID of the 'top most' Page if not return current page ID */

$id = ($parents) ? $parents[count($parents)-1]: $post->ID;

if(has_post_thumbnail( $id )) {

	echo get_the_post_thumbnail( $id, 'full');



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