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juggledad Dec 15, 2009 06:16 AM

HOWTO: put your image in the header
 
I just recently got the following email:
Quote:

Hi there!
I have seen your postings and I know you are the one to ask. PLEASE help me with my Atahualpa Header.
All the forums messages I have read pertaining to this say where the header files are. I am not understanding HOW to actually get there. I am a total novice and I have learned everything on my own, but this I can't figure out.
My site is xxxxxxxx.com. PLEASE walk me through the instructions on how to get in and do a custom header.
I will be happy to make a donation for your time. THANK YOU!
I was going to reply to the email and then decided to post the answer for any other newbie's whow need the lesson also. So here is my answer:

Quote:

your site is hosted on a computer somewhere (godaddy, yahoo, westhost etc) and you have a folder on that computer, we will call it 'yourfolder' (the name depends on the host), so you have:

\yourfolder

Inside that folder is a folder with all the wordpress code

\yourfolder\wordpress

and inside that is a folder called 'wp-contents'

\yourfolder\wordpress\wp-contents

and inside that is a folder called 'themes'

\yourfolder\wordpress\wp-contents\themes

and inside that is 'atahualpa'

\yourfolder\wordpress\wp-contents\themes\atahualpa

and inside that is 'images'

\yourfolder\wordpress\wp-contents\themes\atahualpa\images

and inside that is a folder called 'header'

\yourfolder\wordpress\wp-contents\themes\atahualpa\images\header

and that is where you put your header images.

So the question becomes, how do you get them there?

In order to transfer a file from one computer to another on the internet you use the 'file transfer protocal' or as it is commonly referred to as FTP. There are literialy hunderds of FTP programs out there and some host providers have them built-in to their control panels. (look for something saying FTP)

If you use a standalone FTP program you have to have some information

1) the name of your FTP server
2) your userid at your host
3) your password

all of these should have been given to you by your host provider, probably in an email.

Once you get connected to your host, via a standalone program or the host's control panel, you just move your way thru the folders till you get to:

\yourfolder\wordpress\wp-contents\themes\atahualpa\images\header

here you will see three images that came with the install. You see/hear about two terms when using FTP: upload and download. The way to think about this is the host is at the top of a big hill and your computer is at the bottom. If you want to move (or put) a file from your computer to the host, you have to UPLOAD it (it goes up the hill) and if you want to get something from the host , you will DOWNLOAD it (it comes down from the top of the hill)

Without knowing the exact host and logging into it, I can't tell you the exact way it will work, because everyone seems to do it differntly. Same goes with FTP programs.

I use westhost.net as my provider and I'm on a mac and use a program called 'Fetch' to do my FTPing, so if you are on a mac, get that program, and are a westhost client, I can give you detailed steps but otherwise I can't
I hope this gives you a idea of what you need to do. If you get stuck, post a reply with your query and someone will surely jump in to help.

paulae Dec 15, 2009 07:38 AM

Excellent explanation of FTP, JD.

I would add that since becoming a Mac person, I've used Fetch, but I find it a bit hard to use compared to what I used before I saw the light and was still using a Windows PC. Back then I used Cute FTP, which has a more intuitive interface than most of the others, in my opinion. It now comes in a Mac version, so I am a happy kid. I also sometimes use the free FireFTP add-on for Firefox.

Cute FTP can be found at http://globalscape.com/products/ftp_clients.aspx, and you can download a free trial.

juggledad Dec 15, 2009 07:43 AM

I use it mainly because I've been using it for about 10 years and it's like second nature to me. As I said, there are many many FTP programs, some good, some bad, but it's really a personal choice, ie which one do you like.

Mark_ Feb 18, 2010 03:50 AM

This should be made sticky as this question seems to get asked every day

Codophobe Feb 28, 2010 08:37 PM

In a related closed thread "[SOLVED] Images for the header" Brad Brown wrote "Many of those [creative commons images] can be used for free with attribution". Is there a way put an attribution in (or associate an attribution with) a header image? Without using the Editor?

juggledad Mar 1, 2010 04:52 AM

all the images are jpg's, png's or gif's etc and neithor Atahualpa or Wordpress do anything to the actual image atributes. You can add a title to an image in WordPress.

Codophobe Mar 1, 2010 07:47 AM

Yes, thanks, but (1) I mean identifying the copyright owner and license, not the tech specs of the image file, and (2) the "Add New" function in the WordPress Media tab uploads files to wp-content/uploads/2010/... not the theme image subfile. I suppose I could use my FTP program to move the image file, but would the title come with it? And -- this may be beyond the subject of this forum -- does embedding a title with copyright and license info satisfy the Creative Commons license?

juggledad Mar 1, 2010 09:22 AM

as far as I am aware the file type determines what meta data it may contain. If you look at the structure of a jpg for example (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG#Syntax_and_structure), there is room for application specifid data and comment - but that is put there by the applicaton that creates the jpg.

If you have the right tools, you could put info in there, but Wordpress just works WITH the image, it doesn't work ON the image

Codophobe Mar 1, 2010 10:19 AM

Thanks juggledad.

Doc GermaniCus Mar 25, 2010 05:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by juggledad (Post 20899)
I just recently got the following email:


I was going to reply to the email and then decided to post the answer for any other newbie's whow need the lesson also. So here is my answer:


I hope this gives you a idea of what you need to do. If you get stuck, post a reply with your query and someone will surely jump in to help.

Thanks juggledad!


I have a Problem with WPmu..
I need differnt Sets of Header-images.

I tried out to create multiple theme-dirs (theme1, theme2)..
But this dosenīt work..

There was somewhere a Posting with differnt directories, but i doesent understand it. Is there somewhere a German Helpfile..?

Mybe its possible, to define myself the source-directories of the header-images for every WPmu Site..?


Thank You!

Helmut

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ironweasel Apr 21, 2010 05:27 AM

good thing i got hold of these forums. i've been wanting to change my headers and just don;t know how to do it.

thanks for these info

carole Apr 26, 2010 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paulae (Post 20905)
Excellent explanation of FTP, JD.

I would add that since becoming a Mac person, I've used Fetch, but I find it a bit hard to use compared to what I used before I saw the light and was still using a Windows PC. Back then I used Cute FTP, which has a more intuitive interface than most of the others, in my opinion. It now comes in a Mac version, so I am a happy kid. I also sometimes use the free FireFTP add-on for Firefox.

Cute FTP can be found at http://globalscape.com/products/ftp_clients.aspx, and you can download a free trial.

I'm on a Mac and I've used Fetch for years. I've recently switched to yummy ftp (http://www.yummysoftware.com), and it is soo superior. It is MUCH faster on the upload. It uploads many files at once (rather than queuing them up and uploading them one at a time) and if the connection is broken, it picks up where it left off (rather than starting all over again). And the interface is much more Mac-like. You can view files on your computer in one column, and drag them to any directory on your server in the other column. You can even move or copy files from one server to another without involving your home computer at all.

:)

richardjes May 15, 2010 09:37 AM

Hi Guys,

If anyone is picking this up could do with some help. Am just starting today with this theme.

I have uploaded a header image (.GIF) to the header/images folder but when i go back to my blog and hit refresh it does not show.

I have set the header at FLUID and the actual header size is 800px.

Have i done something wrong here.

Cheers

Richard

richardjes May 15, 2010 10:10 AM

OK I have worked it out. I did not add my actual header name to the header configuration section.

Found it in one of the other threads.

Cheers

Richardjes

crby4Him May 24, 2010 10:52 PM

Thank you for the instructions for adding an image to the header. I added a banner.

I know there is a setting to make the image clickable but it only lets you click to the homepage.


How do I make the header image clickable to any link?

juggledad May 25, 2010 03:40 AM

If you want to make the header image clickable to another address you will have to change the code. Feel free to dig in.

crby4Him May 25, 2010 10:44 AM

Thank you. I expected to have to change the code BUT where do I go to change it and what code do I use?

I know html but I do not know php.

thanks,
Diana

lmilesw May 25, 2010 11:23 AM

crby4Him - Why not just put up a link to the other site in the sidebar. The expected behavior of a header image on sites is to go to the home page and, in my opinion, would be confusing to most.

juggledad May 25, 2010 11:38 AM

there is a HOWTO in the gold forum tuturials forum titled
HOWTO: Set different header images clickable (linked) to a different location
http://forum.bytesforall.com/showthread.php?t=6538

paulae May 25, 2010 12:22 PM

@Larry, I agree.

Also, keep in mind that in the new Wordpress 3.0, you'll be able to fashion menus which mix pages, categories, outside links and custom post types.

crby4Him May 25, 2010 12:22 PM

I'm unable to view that thread. Something about privileges.

juggledad May 25, 2010 12:36 PM

the gold forums are avaliable to members who have donated $20 or more

frankie1266 Jun 8, 2010 07:29 AM

I have been reading posts in your forum all morning. I have to tell you that I am really enjoying them! Their is a wealth of good user information here.

preciousfoods Jun 15, 2010 08:33 PM

Hello, how can I please get rid of the big black "home" that appears on my home page? ourpowerback.com
thank you so much!

lmilesw Jun 15, 2010 08:41 PM

  1. Go to ATO>Configure SEO and set Use Post/Page Options to Yes.
  2. Edit the home page and check the box next to "Check to NOT display the Body Title on Single Post or Static Pages" in the Atahualpa Post Options

preciousfoods Jun 15, 2010 09:40 PM

Jeez, you're always there and always so helpful... wow... thanks

preciousfoods Jun 17, 2010 05:34 PM

http://forum.bytesforall.com/showthread.php?t=6538 on changing code to link header to other sitecan't access :( sniff, one must pay?

juggledad Jun 17, 2010 06:53 PM

There are several additional features for people who have donated, tutorials is one of them. There is even an enhancement in the diamond forums to allow you to 'sort' or 'shuffle' the header images. People who support thru donatiions deserve some extras.

One of my rules of thumbs is that I start ignoring people who have made more than 20 posts and haven't donated. I'd rather help out people who have donated and the more someone has donated the better service they will get.

preciousfoods Jun 18, 2010 02:56 PM

[Moderator note: This users rant has been deleted because of the language and this user has been banned]

paulae Jun 18, 2010 03:13 PM

I usually don't respond to anyone who can't be bothered to use more interesting epithets, but I think the forum at large should pay attention to these points:
  • You can find an answer to almost any question here, by doing a search first to see if somebody has already asked/answered it
  • If your search isn't productive, ask your question, and chances are that one of us who has used the theme a lot will give you the answer, or at least point you to the right place to find it yourself
  • The forum owner and moderator work very hard at their jobs and provide this amazing Atahualpa theme for free to the Wordpress community. They have the right to earn money from their efforts, and most of us are happy to donate for their help. If you can't or won't donate, fine. You're welcome to search for answers freely posted, but if you want more customized help, be prepared to pay for it, as you would in most other areas of life.

Jimsplace Jun 28, 2010 06:29 PM

Have been off my blog for about 3 weeks. It did an auto upgrade to latest version. Not looking anything like it did. Header has been replaced as well. What happened? All that work gone!

Jimsplace Jun 28, 2010 06:31 PM

Thought I would add, all the pics and header choices that were on the server are gone. folder empty.

juggledad Jun 28, 2010 07:45 PM

The WordPress automatic upgrade replaces the theme folder. This wipes out the images folder and loads it with the defaults. This is one reason I do manual updates.

You should always backup your database, the contents of wp-contents and wp-config.php before doing any upgrade.

If you have a backup, you can just copy the image back to the atahualpa/images/header folder and get rid of the three default ones.

tazaguru Jul 18, 2010 08:58 PM

Hi, I loved the template and donated $20 for making this template and supporting all of us here. I am interested to get the logo image to have clickable areas and for some reason, I seem to be lacking privilege to the link that supposedly explains how-to. Please advice. Once again, I enjoyed moving from what I had before to this template.

I loved 3.4.9 as I liked three columns (not that I could not get that in newer version) and probably the logo pictures made me move forward with 3.4.9

Good job and keep the good works!

tazaguru Jul 18, 2010 09:07 PM

Totally agree with Paulae. What I loved about the template is you can customize to most of the requirements anyone could think of. No doubt that you ought to be knowing html/CSS/php if you would like to customize. That said, off-the-shelf, I observed that there was lot of thought that had gone in (for ex., I had to make changes done in the dveelopment area and move into producution area. I just exported and imported into production and it was all done!)

So, donate as its FREE but they are generous to respond and support.

tazaguru Jul 19, 2010 01:53 AM

I poked around and found the solution. So, ignore my request about opening the privilege for my account.

jessesco Jul 27, 2010 01:37 PM

Sorry for this silly question. I am new to WordPress and still trying to learn my way. This is a most wonderful theme! I absolutely love it and will be donating come pay day. ;)

Anyhow: I've read everything about changing your header to a custom image. The problem is that I don't understand how to access the library. My site is being hosted and I am using Wordpress. But how do I get into the library where my files are?

I'd appreciate any help. Thank you!

juggledad Jul 27, 2010 01:42 PM

See the FAQ http://forum.bytesforall.com/showthread.php?t=8521

paulae Jul 27, 2010 01:44 PM

There are no silly questions. There are questions that are about how Wordpress works, not the theme, however. In this case, you need to know how to use FTP to get your header image files into the right place. When you say your site is hosted, you mean you're paying for hosting at a hosting company, right? You're not using a free blog at wordpress.com, right?

Get yourself a program like CuteFTP or use the free FireFTP add-on for Firefox. Learn how to connect to your server. This info should have been in the welcome email you got from your hosting company.

You'll navigate to the wp-content/themes/atahualpa/images/header folder and upload your image files from your hard drive to the host server.

jessesco Jul 27, 2010 02:00 PM

Thanks Paula. I'll definitely try that when I get home this evening!

And also: Just found the email from my Host that shows how to access the panel and web storage. Thanks!


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