How to change your atahualpa header

Written by chris hoke
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The Atahualpa theme is a custom skin used to change the look and behaviour of your WordPress blog. The Atahualpa theme contains page templates that are combined with dynamic content pulled from a MySQL database to create the Web pages. At the top of each Web page is the header that contains your blog title, tagline, page menu, category menu and a rotating header image. These header elements can be rearranged and changed from the WordPress dashboard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Change The Blog Title and Tagline

  1. 1

    Login to your WordPress dashboard by typing your website domain name, followed by "/wp-admin/," into the address bar of your Web browser. Type your login name and password into the displayed text fields, then click "Log In."

  2. 2

    Click the "General" link in the "Settings" menu on the left side of the WordPress dashboard.

  3. 3

    Delete the text in the "Site Title" text field, then type your new blog title in the field.

  4. 4

    Delete the text in the "Tagline" text field, then type your new tagline in the field.

  5. 5

    Click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the "General Settings" page to save the changes.

    Change Page Menu

  1. 1

    Click the "Pages" link under the "Pages" menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Add New," then type in a title and click "Publish" to create new pages. Pages display in the pages menu under the blog title and tagline in the header.

  3. 3

    Click the "Quick Edit" link under a page entry on the "Pages" page. Type a number in the "Order" text field to indicate the order the pages are to be displayed in the page menu. The page with the lowest "Order" number displays on the left side of the page menu, with each higher numbered page displaying to the right of it. Repeat this step for each page to assign positions in the page menu.

  4. 4

    Click the "Atahualpa Theme Options" link in the "Appearance" menu. Click "Menu 1 (Page Menu)" in the "Header Area" section.

  5. 5

    Click to select your preferred options from the page menu options. Type hexadecimal colour values to define the background, hover and link colours in the page menu. Type your CSS style tags for the font size and face in the "Font Size & Face" text field. Click the "Save Changes" button to save the page menu settings.

    Change Category Menu

  1. 1

    Click the "Categories" link in the "Post" menu.

  2. 2

    Create a new category entry in the category menu by typing a category name in the "Name" text field under "Add New Category."

  3. 3

    Click the "Add New Category" button to add the category. Categories appear on the category menu in alphabetical order.

  4. 4

    Click the "Atahualpa Theme Options" link in the "Appearance" menu. Click "Menu 2 (Category Menu)" in the "Header Area" section.

  5. 5

    Click to select your preferred options from the displayed category menu options. Type in hexadecimal colour values to change the background, hover, and link font colours. Type your CSS style tags in the "Font For Category Menu Bar" text field to change the size and face of the menu font.

    Change Rotating Header Image

  1. 1

    Download and install an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Launch the FTP program. Type your website's FTP address, username, and password into the login fields, then press "Enter" or click "Connect."

  3. 3

    Browse to your WordPress installation directory in the remote server pane. Double-click to open the "wp-content" folder. Double-click "themes," "atahualpa," "images" and "header" to open the folder containing the rotating header images.

  4. 4

    Right-click on an existing header image, then click "Delete." Click "OK" to delete it. Drag and drop your header images from the local computer pane to the remote server pane to add images to the header image rotation. Close the FTP program when finished uploading images to the "header" folder.

  5. 5

    Click the "Atahualpa Theme Options" under the "Appearance" menu. Click "Header Image" in the "Header Area" section. Click to select your header image options from the drop-down menus, or type CSS code or pixel values in the appropriate text fields.

  6. 6

    Type your header image height in the "Header Image: Height" text field to change the height of the image rotation area. Click the "Save Changes" button to save the rotating header image settings.

    Change Header Element Order and Style

  1. 1

    Click the "Atahualpa Theme Options" link in the "Appearance" section.

  2. 2

    Click "Style & Edit HEADER AREA" in the "Header Area" section. Rearrange, add or delete header element tags (defined in the "Configure Header Area" box) in the "Configure Header Area" text field.

  3. 3

    Click to select header options from the "Blog Title: Font Weight," "Show Blog Tagline?" and "Show search box?" drop-down menus.

  4. 4

    Type your CSS style code in the "Logo Area: Style," "Logo Image: Styling," "Blog Title," "Blog Tagline," "Search Box," "Horizontal Bar 1: Styling" and "Horizontal Bar 2: Styling" text fields to style each header element. Type hexadecimal colour values in the "Blog Title Color" and "Blog Title Color: Hover" text fields.

  5. 5

    Click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page to save the header element order and style settings.

    Replace Header Logo

  1. 1

    Launch your FTP program and log in to your website, as outlined in steps 1 and 2 of section 4.

  2. 2

    Browse to your WordPress installation directory.

  3. 3

    Browse to the "/wp-content/themes/atahualpa/images/" directory.

  4. 4

    Rename a logo image that you want to use in the header on your computer as "logo.png."

  5. 5

    Drag and drop the "logo.png" image into the "/wp-content/themes/atahualpa/images/" directory. Click "Yes" when asked if you want to overwrite the file.

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