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juggledad Dec 15, 2009 07:16 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 08:38 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 08:43 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 04:50 AM

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

Codophobe Feb 28, 2010 09:37 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 05:52 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 08:47 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 10:22 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 11:19 AM

Thanks juggledad.

Doc GermaniCus Mar 25, 2010 06:24 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 06:27 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 03:07 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 10:37 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 11:10 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 11:52 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 04:40 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 11:44 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 12:23 PM

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 12:38 PM

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 01:22 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 01:22 PM

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

juggledad May 25, 2010 01:36 PM

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

frankie1266 Jun 8, 2010 08:29 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 09:33 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 09:41 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


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