How to Edit Headers in WordPress


Adding a custom header to your WordPress blog lets you add your own personal touch to an otherwise standard template. Not all WP themes allow custom headers, so if you really want to change your header, you will first need to find a theme that supports customization. Most users who customize their headers do so by creating a custom header image. JPG and PNG files are commonly used formats for header images, due to their Web-friendliness and high quality.

  • Open the "Appearance" menu in the left sidebar of your Dashboard. Click on the "Header" link. If this link is not present, then your current theme does not support custom headers.

  • Use the "Upload Image" tool to upload a custom header image from your computer to your WordPress blog. The text beside the "Upload Image" header will tell you the size limitations of your header. If you upload an image larger than the specified dimensions, parts of the image will be cropped out. Once the image has uploaded, you can preview how it looks within the "Preview" section at the top of the page. If you want to switch back to the default header, select the default header image from the section below the "Upload Image" tool.

  • Choose whether or not you wish to display the header text. By default, WordPress will use your blog's title and tagline as your header text. If this does not overlay correctly with your custom header image, click the "No" radio button beside the "Display Text" option.

  • Click the blue "Save Changes" button when complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • For advanced header editing, you can edit your theme's CSS stylesheet or the header.php file through the WP Theme Editor (located within the "Appearance" sidebar menu). This type of editing requires prior knowledge of CSS and HTML.
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