Customizing the WordPress 2010 Theme Header

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2010 WordPress Theme

I really like the Twenty Ten theme from WordPress because it’s clean and easy to customize. In addition to using this theme for a blog, it’s also easy to use if you’re building a website with a WordPress backend.

One of the cool features of the Twenty Ten theme is its header. Not only is the header large and attractive, but this theme gives you the ability to use a different header on every page and post.

While the theme comes with a handful of header images, to make your blog or website unique, it’s best to use one or more of your own header images.

Customizing the Homepage Header

Free Stock Photos

-Find an image you want to use. If you’re looking for a source of free stock photos, check out SXC.hu. You can sign up for free and download as many stock photos as you want at no cost.

Free Photo Resizer

-If the image is larger than 950×200 pixels, before you crop it, it’s useful to shrink the width down to 1000 pixels. You can quickly resize the width of any image with Shrink O’Matic. This free app runs on Adobe Air, so it will work on virtually any OS.

-Crop your image to 950×200 pixels. Although the exact size of this theme’s header is 940×198, you won’t be able to use any image with dimensions smaller than this, so it’s best to give yourself a little spare room.

-Log into WordPress. From the menu on the left side, click “Appearance,” then “Header.” Click “Choose File,” and select the image from your computer.

-Click “Upload.” WordPress will upload the image, and allow you to crop the image to exactly 940×198.

-Take a look at the new header on your homepage!

Customizing a Page or Post Header

Although you probably won’t choose a custom header for every single page and post, a custom header is a great way to accent your best content. When you don’t choose a custom header for a page or post, your homepage header will be displayed by default.

-Follow the steps above for finding and cropping the image you want to use.

-In the editing area of the page or post, click the “Set Featured Image” link under the “Featured Image” section on the right side of the screen.

-Click the “Select Files” button, and choose the image you want to upload.

-After the image is uploaded, scroll down to the bottom of its properties window, and click the “Use as Featured Image” link.

-If you decide that you don’t want to use that image as the header, click the “Remove featured image” link under the “Featured Image” section.

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