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  • Resolved Mr_Christopher


    Ok, I have been following the help documentation and I am a reasonably bright guy, I work in IT so I am not totally dense, but man oh man I am not doing a good job of changing the header jpg. I am using the default theme template. Within the help guide I see where you can use a utility called Kubrickr that will do it for you. The trouble is you have to use a photo on flickr and not a photo from your own site (or own computer).

    Is there another utility out there that will make changing the default header jpg easier than modifying the header.php file, ideally one that I can use a photo from my own site or computer?


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  • You can change it in style.css and add your own image in the /images folder.

    background: #73a0c5 url('images/kubrickheader.jpg') no-repeat bottom center;

    Just a tip, rename the theme folder from “default” to something else, so you don’t lose customizations every time you upgrade.

    Thanks, I have been trying that and pretty much blowing everything up. I may hold off changing the default banner or keep trying to find a utility that will do it.

    Also, if I rename the “default” folder won’t that break other internal links that look for that name? I can see why that is a good idea I just want to know what fallout might come from it.

    Thanks again for your help


    @ Chris – Make a duplicate of the default theme, and then rename it. This way, you can always revert to the original default for troubleshooting, but keep any changes you have made to your customized theme. On each upgrade the default directory is written over, and you would lose your changes.

    To have the new name appear in your Dashboard –> Appearance, change the name also in style.css

    Theme Name: WordPress Default
    Theme Name: Your new theme name

    Activate it in “Appearance”. It won’t break things. It’s just like downloading and trying a different theme.

    Maybe this can help you about changing the header image of your “new” default theme

    Taking these as an example of customization, you can use the original header image, and put your image in place of the blue background with some image editor…

    even better, see this tutorial!

    That did the trick, thanks!

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