Last week, I finally figured out how to make a customized header-title for Wordpress blogs! Ever since I started the blog last summer, I had no idea how to do this. I thought maybe you needed to spend some extra money for the Premium Plan or pay someone for a design. But then I noticed that those with free Wordpress accounts had customized headers, and so I set out on a mission to figure this out. I emailed some other bloggers, Googled questions and answers, posted in the Wordpress forums, and watched a few YouTube vids (this was the most helpful to me). I couldn't believe how simple it was to do and why I was never able to figure it out earlier. I tried to break it down with some follow-along pictures so I hope this can help anyone who might be experiencing the same thing I did!
Once you pick out a Wordpress theme, you just need to know the dimensions of your header. To check this, go to your Dashboard. On the left-hand side, hover the mouse over Appearance and click Customize.
You will be brought to a new page. On the left-hand side, click on Header Image and the dimensions recommended for your header-theme will be listed there.
Once you got this covered, you're ready to make your header! I used picmonkey.com - an awesome, free website that allows you to upload images and pick fun graphics to create the dream header of your choice (I hear canva.com is great, too). To make the header, I clicked on Design and chose the canvas called Custom.
This is why it's great to know before hand the dimensions you need - you'll enter them in from here and then click Make it!
From here, it's just a matter of playing around with the fonts and colours that you like. On the left-hand side: the 'Tt' are the fonts you can choose from and the butterfly image is where you can pick from a variety of clip art images or upload your own. Pay attention to anything that has a beside it - it's called a "Royale" feature, which means you gotta pay for it. Most text fonts and images offered are free and look just as great, in my opinion!
Here's a helpful hint: when adding an image, right-click it and select 'Send back'. This allows the image to be put in the background behind your title. You can also tilt and reverse the image for different effects, as well as play around with the colour scheme.
Click on the magic wand image (on the left) to play around with background colours and effects! Once you're finished and happy with the design, save it.
Then, go back to your Wordpress page and click Add New Image to upload it.
It'll ask you to Crop and Save before officially being uploaded to your blog. Once done, a preview will be shown in your window and you just click the blue Save button at the top.
It'll then look like this - you'll have the header image in the header box, but also your original title (in its original form) at the top; how annoying, right? BUT!! THERE'S A WAY TO GET RID OF THIS AND UNTIL LAST WEEK, I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO DO IT (AND DID I MENTION IT'S SUPER EASY?!)
** THE MAGIC TRICK I DIDN'T KNOW!:
On that same page, click on Site Title & Tagline and make sure to UNCHECK Display Header Text. This will delete your current, plain-Jane title and allow your colourful and fun new header to take its place.
Click Save and ta-da!! You now have a beautiful new header! And all done for free! :) (I made the yellow squiggly background just using Paint and uploaded it to the Background tab in Appearance.).
The images used in my current header are from angiemakes.com, a lovely website that features watercolour images. I'm a tad bit obsessed with anything watercolour (I think the pictures come out nice and soft) and I just downloaded some of the freebies from her Pinterest account.
A fellow blogger also really helped out by sending me this video on using Picmonkey and building Wordpress blogs (note, it's over two hours! You definitely don't need to watch the whole thing, but parts of it are very helpful!)
If you guys have any questions, just leave it in the comments or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be happy to try and help out! ~~ Hope everyone's getting by on their Mondays ;)