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HOWTO: put your image in the header


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Old Dec 15, 2009, 06:16 AM
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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.
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Old Dec 15, 2009, 07:38 AM
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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.
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Old Dec 15, 2009, 07:43 AM
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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.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 03:50 AM
Mark_
 
29 posts · Feb 2010
This should be made sticky as this question seems to get asked every day
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Old Feb 28, 2010, 08:37 PM
Codophobe
 
5 posts · Feb 2010
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?
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 04:52 AM
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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.
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Old Apr 26, 2010, 02:07 PM
carole
 
3 posts · Apr 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulae
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.

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Old May 15, 2010, 09:37 AM
richardjes
 
3 posts · May 2010
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
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Old May 15, 2010, 10:10 AM
richardjes
 
3 posts · May 2010
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
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Old Mar 25, 2010, 05:24 AM
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13 posts · Jun 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by juggledad
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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Old Apr 21, 2010, 05:27 AM
ironweasel
 
1 posts · Apr 2010
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
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Old May 24, 2010, 10:52 PM
crby4Him
 
3 posts · May 2010
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?
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Old May 25, 2010, 03:40 AM
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If you want to make the header image clickable to another address you will have to change the code. Feel free to dig in.
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Old May 25, 2010, 10:44 AM
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3 posts · May 2010
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

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Old May 25, 2010, 11:23 AM
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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.
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Old May 25, 2010, 11:38 AM
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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
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 06:29 PM
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20 posts · Aug 2009
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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!
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 06:31 PM
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Thought I would add, all the pics and header choices that were on the server are gone. folder empty.
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 07:45 PM
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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.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 04:50 AM
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Thank you for a very clear explanation however I cannot edit the permissions/attributes of the folder (or anything in the directory ) so cannot upload the new image. I use Plesk control panel which usually works for changing permissions & have tried 7 failed using FTP client Cute. The Theme is loaded onto www.hayns.co.uk/hayns Please advise how I should edit the permissions. Thank you.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 06:22 AM
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You shouldn't need to change permissions for the theme folder holding the header images. I never like using any control panel for file transfer; I always use a separate FTP client program like CuteFTP or the free Firefox add-on, FireFTP. You can try CuteFTP for free before paying for it: http://www.cuteftp.com/products/ftp_clients.aspx
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 07:50 AM
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Thank you for replying. I have tried to change permissions using Cute but I am still denied access. Final error message reads:....

48:46] 550 CHMOD 777 /httpdocs/hayns/wp-content/themes/atahualpa353: Operation not permitted
ERROR:> [19/08/2010 14:48:46] Requested action not taken (e.g., file or directory not found, no access).
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 08:34 AM
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The permissions for that folder should be 755, not 777, and it's at 755 by default when you install the theme.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 03:49 PM
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Paula, thank you for your interest & time taken to respond. I'm inexperienced so presuming that I'm making some simple mistake however I have changed permissions successfully for other software. In this case I have tried unsuccessfully to change the permission using Plesk and Cute. Have you any further advice? Do you think it might be a good idea to re-install the Theme? Dare I attempt to make the change via the Command line using Putty?
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Old Aug 23, 2010, 04:00 PM
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I just signed up with Paypal to give you a donation but I have to wait a couple of days for my credit card to clear so that I have a code to use. Once done, the money will be in your pocket.

Thank you for creating the marvelous theme Atahualpa that I'm now using. I'm still a bit green around the gills but I'm working my way through all the mazes to achieve the look I want.

In addition to inserting your own photos in the header, I'm going to have to research how to get my Google Ad Sense back on the page and how to create sub-menus. Perserverance is now my new name for the time being.

Again, thank you for the beautiful theme. I'll try to do it justice.

Last edited by Sicilian; Aug 23, 2010 at 04:08 PM.

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