If you are WordPress theme developer, I am sure you had to look up this recommended name, format, and size of WordPress theme screenshot a few times.
I often find myself searching for the theme screenshot size, sometimes just to make sure I get it correct. So, this is just for my own reference, but feel free to bookmark and use it if it helps you.
Here’re all the quick details that you need to know about the WordPress theme screenshot.
Recommended WordPress Theme Screenshot Size
According to the WordPress Codex for theme development, the recommended theme screenshot size is 1200px wide by 900px tall.
Please note some websites still mention the old low resolution recommended size of 880 x 660 pixels. This has been recently updated in the WordPress codex to reflect the new recommended size of 1200 x 900 Pixels.
The codex also mentions that the screenshot is usually shown in a smaller size but the higher resolution of the image allows for viewing on HiDPI displays.
Also, please note as the screenshot is shown on responsive Manage Themes screen, the top and bottom part of the screenshot may not be fully visible. It is therefore recommended to keep your main graphics centred in the image.
Theme Screenshot Name – screenshot
WordPress theme screenshot is probably the easiest to remember. Just name it as ‘screenshot’.
I know you can easily get confused sometimes but always remember it as screenshot rather than calling it as other alternatives such as image.
Theme Screenshot Format – .PNG
Another thing to care about the screenshot is the format you will need to save your WordPress theme screenshot.
The recommended theme screenshot is in .png format.
While other formats .jpg, .jpeg, and .gif can be valid extensions and file formats for the theme screenshot, they are not officially recommended by the WordPress Codex.
Upload Screenshot to Theme Folder
If you are a beginner following this article and want to change the screenshot of your theme as displayed in Manage Themes screen in your WordPress dashboard, you can create a screenshot file as recommended above and upload it the theme directory.
You will need a FTP program like Filezilla or Atom, and your FTP login details. After you have logged in navigate to the Theme directory and upload the screenshot.png file. You will need to replace the existing screenshot file.
To sum it up, the recommended WordPress theme screenshot should be 1200 x 900 pixels saved in your theme directory as screenshot.png.