How to Change Header in WordPress

October 6, 2019
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The most important visual element in almost any WordPress blog is the header.

It is the first thing your reader will see when he visits your WordPress site, so it is essential to choose and customise your header image wisely.

As such, you need to ensure that your header catches the attention of your readers and doesn’t alienate them in any way.

The entire look and feel as well as the theme of the blog can be defined by your header image.

It is imperative to make sure your header is clean and free of clutter and if it’s a business website it is good practice to instantly portray your brand and logo in the centre of the header.

If you have any social media profiles or other online resources connected to your website, you should keep your header image and style consistent, so people recognise it instantly.

At the top of every page and post the header image is displayed and is normally accompanied by a website title and menu options below it. 

When you are creating a website, you are always better off using your own header image, preferably one that is tailored to your blog content and style, WordPress themes do also offer their own default header images.

The header image optimal dimensions are dependent entirely on the theme currently selected.

If you choose an image which is too large or not of optimal dimensions WordPress allows you crop it, so it fits.

Images can be uploaded from your computer or from your WordPress media library account.

You can also choose default images or have random images displayed on each page however this is generally not recommended.

Since the header is one of the most important parts of your site, knowing how to change it in WordPress is of the utmost importance.

For this article to show you how to change your header in WordPress we’ll be using WordPress theme, Twenty Fourteen.

With a minimal set of header options available for it, the default header for the theme is a simple black bar accompanied by a title.

Follow the steps below which show you how to edit your header in WordPress:

  • Log into your WordPress administrator dashboard and navigate to Appearance and choose Header.
  • Click the ‘Add New Image’ button and upload an image from your computer in the upload files box. If the image is too large you will have the opportunity to crop it before saving.
  • Alternatively, you can click the ‘Media Library’ tab, which will allow you to choose any image that you already uploaded to your WordPress site.
  • Next click the ‘Save and Publish’ button to instantly add the new header to your WordPress site.

WordPress themes also allow you show or hide header text and change colours, including Twenty Fourteen.

The title of your website is the header text, and you change the text by navigating to Settings> General in your administrator dashboard and clarifying a new title in the field beside ‘Site Title’.

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There is no limit to how often you can change your header. 

So, feel free to change it whenever you like, repeating the process outlined above.

After changing your header a few times, these steps will soon feel like second nature to you.

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