WordPress is an open-source tool for creating websites and blogs. While it offers a number of themes with pre-made header banners, WordPress also offers the option to upload your own banner to use. This level of customisation gives you the opportunity to personalise your blog or website to your tastes, regardless of previous experience. While not all of WordPress' free themes support custom headers, many do and uploading a banner is simple.
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Open the WordPress (wordpress.org) site and log in to your blog/website.
Click your blog/website's dashboard and click on "Appearance," then "Header." If you don't see these options, your theme won't support a custom header and you'll need to use a different theme.
Click on the "Browse" button to browse through your computer's folders and find an image.
Click an image and click "OK." Then click on "Upload" to upload the image.
Highlight the area of the image you'd like to use within the box of broken lines to crop it to WordPress' banner size, and click "Crop and Publish." The header banner on your WordPress blog/website will change to the image you cropped, with your blog/website's title over the top of it.
Tips and warnings
- The only image formats supported by WordPress are JPG, GIF, and PNG. WordPress will automatically accept headers that are appropriately sized, without cropping. This size is 760 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall. You can use image editing software, like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, to create a highly detailed and personalised header to upload. You can disable your blog/website's title text from the header by going to the "Header" menu under "Appearance" and clicking on "Hide Text," followed by "Save Changes."
- All images that must be cropped to fit the header are immediately converted to JPG format. This can be problematic for images with transparent backgrounds or other transparent elements, which require the GIF or PNG format to function on WordPress. Any images with transparency in them should be saved as GIF or PNG and sized to fit before upload to prevent losing this transparency.
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