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Very basic question on how to modify template

  • I know, I know – I’m sure this has been asked a hundred times, but I’ve spent 30 minutes trying to find the answer, and the FAQs are just not helpful! I’ve built websites from scratch, but I still am stumped by this simple task.

    I’m taking over the handling of a friend’s blog, and I want to modify the template he’s using. First thing is to replace the main header:

    http://erykbui.com/wp-content/themes/urban-stories-10/urban-stories-10/images/background_header.jpg

    If you can point me to a simple guide on how to change it, great. If there is a guide for customizing the template, great. WordPress says they have one, but when I go there, it doesn’t answer the questions I have.

    If you can’t or don’t want to help, please don’t tell me I should search for the answer first – I’ve already done that with no success.

    Thanks in advance for any help – I’m sorry to bother people with such a simple question,

    Mark

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  • The easiest way that I know to change out an image ( on any website ) is to over write the file. My advice to you, would be to follow these steps:

    1. Backup the image at the url that you listed above.
    2. Create a new image that is the same size.
    3. Upload the image to the same directory as the backed-up image lives, give it the same file name and overwrite the original.
    4. Clear your browser cache
    5. Visit: http://erykbui.com/
    whooami

    @whooami

    Member

    you linked to an image.. assuming thats what you want to change since you linked to it .. why are you not just redoing that image, and uploading the new one in replace of the old one.

    ..it doesn’t answer the questions I have.

    If you can’t or don’t want to help, please don’t tell me I should search for the answer first – I’ve already done that with no success.

    you havent asked any questions..

    if its something more than just that image, maybe explain what you are having difficulty with, specifically.

    you dont really get to dictate the responses you get around here, either. 🙂

    whooami, I certainly know from posting at other boards that not only cannot you not dictate the responses you get, but that posters on tech boards will often submit unpleasant posts if you ask a question with the slightest bit of naivete.

    I was hoping that my post would encourage people with nothing helpful to say to just move on. I’m just trying to learn how to modify a template, and as I said, the “guides” here at WrodPress have not been helpful. I thought perhaps someone could point me to a more user-friendly guide.

    mfields, thanks for your info. I’m not sure where the image lives – are all the WordPress files stored on his server or at a WordPress server?

    Mark

    Usually theme images locations are located in the style.css file of the theme in question.

    Design->Edit theme->style.css

    All the WordPress files *appear* to be stored on his server. The file is located exactly where you said it was:

    http://erykbui.com/wp-content/themes/urban-stories-10/urban-stories-10/images/background_header.jpg

    once you log in via ftp, navigate to the “web root” (usually a directory named ‘public_html’, ‘web’ or ‘www’) and then navigate through the directories like this:

    /wp-content
    /themes/
    urban-stories-10/
    urban-stories-10/
    images/

    once in the “images” dir you should see: background_header.jpg

    Upload the new file in place of it.

    Thanks for all the help. I finally got onto his FTP site, but the wp-content directory was not there. I’ll have to figure out why not.

    But I did find this page:

    Which themes can I add a header image to?

    It would seem to indicate I can’t change the header on the Urban Stories theme that he’s using, right?

    Thanks again,

    Mark

    erykbui, you can change headers on every theme in wordpress.org, the link you have posted only refers to wordpress.com themes.

    Usually the wp-content directory is located in the public HTML directory of the server.

    That’s good to know, Darran.

    Here’s the situation: Eryk asked me to take over his WordPress site and its creator is no longer around.

    So I have to find where these files live! I got ftp access to erykbui.com, and searched all folders, but the files are not there.

    Could they be stored somewhere else? On a WordPress server or something?

    How can I find them?

    I’m stumped….

    From what I saw in the site, it was located in the root directory. But then again, there could be some folder mapping which I am not aware of.

    If you are hosting WordPress on your server, whatever files needed are located on your end, there is no WordPress server.

    You said, “If you are hosting WordPress on your server”

    Does that mean they could be hosted elsewhere? They’re not on his server as far as I can tell.

    whooami

    @whooami

    Member

    You said, “If you are hosting WordPress on your server”

    Does that mean they could be hosted elsewhere? They’re not on his server as far as I can tell.

    “hosted on your server” typically means NOT hosted at wordpress.com

    http://network-tools.com/default.asp?prog=trace&host=erykbui.com <–

    I will bet the wp-content directory is right where its supposed to be, and you didnt look in the right place — (given the history of these questions I’m not real confident of the OPs abilities).

    whooami, [… moderated].

    I was commenting on the fact that Darran said “IF you are hosting WordPress on your server” IF usually means that there is an OR – that’s what I was asking.

    I do know how to check files on a server – they are not on the server I have access to, unless the folders are being somehow hidden.

    whooami

    @whooami

    Member

    do you see a wp-includes directory?

    do you see a wp-admin directory?

    do you see a wp-config.php?

    Have you actually confirmed youre on the right server via locating familiar files?

    …unless the folders are being somehow hidden.

    Files that would be hidden to you would not be web accessible, so thats not the case.

    I didnt see what was moderated. I’ll assume you took offense to my remarks. Your questions thus far, have been “simple” — your words, not mine. Im merely agreeing.

    All I did was thank you for being so very helpful. Apparently that’s not allowed, whereas the negative tone of your posts is.

    The files are ABSOLUTELY NOT on the server I have access to – a computer expert just verified that for me. So there’s another server I have to find.

    Thanks again for being so very, very helpful, whooami.

    This is rapidly becoming unnecessary.

    Once more without the sarcasm, people.

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