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Changing header settings

  1. I am trying to add a custom header to my blog, but when I upload it, it is too big for the dimensions given. I saved the header smaller and it is still appears too big.

    Can you you only edit the CSS if you buy the upgrade? I tried editing the header in the stylesheer but the cursor won't appear so I can change it. Help!

    The blog I need help with is spzgetedzoocated.wordpress.com.

  2. You need to crop and resize the image to the size needed by the theme you are using. That size is typically listed on the custom header page under appearance. Size the image to those exact dimensions and then upload it. Also make sure it is saved as a jpg, gif, or png.

  3. The average time it takes to get a response to an issue posted to a blogging forum is 11 - 13 hours. Here at wordpress.com we best that for sure but we Volunteers (fellow bloggers) do ask that members are patient when waiting for answers, and that they do not start duplicate threads on the same issue. I have answered you in the other thread you postsed > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/changing-header-size-1?replies=2

  4. Thanks for the help.

  5. Actually, I just did that, and it still crops my header. I cannot drag the box all the way over, so it cuts off a small portion of the header. I saved it jpeg and changed the dimensions and they read 740 px X 171 px (the second one changes once I change the first). I am not understanding what I am doing wrong.

  6. I clicked that link and I am viewing an empty blog with the default theme Kubrick. Let's be clear on this. Do you wish to use that theme? If so then there is a Kubrick header generator here. > http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/blogheader.php

  7. Yes I was thinking to use that theme, just with my own header. I have made the header smaller in Photoshop, where I designed it, and just went to that generator, but it centered the header because it was too big. I am not trying to have someone do this for me, I am just trying to understand why it isn't working. Extremely frustrating.

  8. HI, I have the same problem. I'm using the Vigilance theme (my blog is still empty, I'm using a trial header, created, and the cropped in wordpress, but I'd like to change it) - and I created a strip, what I would like to use as a header. I already resized it in 2-3 programs, used the same properties, as it given for Vigilance theme (920x180) - but when I upload the picture, the program still shows, that I should crop it. How I can use the whole picture - not to cropping it any more in wordpress???

    Thanx for your support!

  9. The cropping is glitchy, as you have noticed. Try adding a border or something around your image so you can crop those out.

  10. Ok, I'll try (don't know really how, but I'll find out). Thank you for the tip!

  11. Thank you for the tip! I'll find out how to make a frame, or something around the image.

  12. You should be able to do it using basic image software like http://picnik.com which is free

  13. Thanks, I'll try it, when I'll have more time to make experiments :-) Now (for a while) I've fixed the problem, but I'll return to this argument, because it's far from perfect.

  14. ehungarian I am glad I am not the only one having this problem. Still having problems, hoping my boss can remember what she did for our past blogs, since she had made headers in the same program before and didn't have a problem.

  15. @spzs

    If you are still having the header resizing problem, please contact us at:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact

    We can take a close look into it.

  16. We figured it out. We were making the template bigger in InDesign and so we just did trial and error until the header would fit the fixed-width headers in the themes. There has to be an easier way, but for now this will work.

  17. @spzs
    I have never had the prblems you experienced with this header. I do not rely on the wordpress.com cropper and I do not rely on using wordpress.com to resize any images for me. The result of doing so a few times was frustration and poor image quality.

    I don't have any sophisticated photoshop trpe programs,etc. I simply use Paint and free online image editing programs. When I upload images they are already the size I want them to be so the wordpress cropper is not a factor.

    I see you have switched the the Greenery them on that blog and that you have a 404 (page not found) on your front page. This happened because you deleted the "Hello wordl!" placeholder post. Not to worry because as soon as you publish a post it will be gone. http://en.support.wordpress.com/not-found/

  18. I am using the Vigilance theme and want to add a third link at the top of the page (next to "Home" and "About" directing people to my external website. I also want to change "Home" to say "Blog Home". I have purchased the CSS editor but can't seem to figure out how to make this happen.

    Blog URL: http://www.revenantphotography.wordpress.com

    Thanks for the help.

  19. @revenantphotography
    Yikes! Too bad you didn't do a forum search and support documentation search before your purchased the upgrade. Now you will be in the unenviable position of applying for a refund and this is why:

    The "Home" tab in the Vigilance theme is coded into the template underlying the theme. We cannot access, let alone, edit templates at wordpress.com and purchasing a CSS upgrade does not change that reality.

    Does the CSS upgrade let me edit HTML?
    No. The CSS Upgrade is CSS only. You can change the appearance of a theme, but not its HTML markup, PHP code, or content. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-css/

    The Custom CSS Upgrade, however, does NOT grant you the ability to edit the core PHP and HTML template files of any theme. This functionality is only applicable to privately-hosted blogs and sites using the WordPress.org software. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

  20. Your solution is to change theme and use one that does not have that "Home" tab coded into the template like the new Twenty Ten theme for example or another one. See > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/category/homefrontblog-tab/

  21. Ah, the bearer of bad news. It's alright, I'll recover. But, I still can't figure out how to add or edit the links that appear in my header. I would like to add a link to return to the blog's front page as well as a link to go to my external website. Is this possible?

    Thanks.

    URL:
    http://www.revenantphotography.wordpress.com

  22. Also, it seems like the tag cloud widget isn't available in 2010. Is that possible or am I missing something?

    Sorry to go off topic but I was on a roll and seem to have an attentive-and knowledgeable-audience.

  23. But, I still can't figure out how to add or edit the links that appear in my header.

    creating static pages > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    editing static pages > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/edit-pages-screen/

  24. I would like to add a link to return to the blog's front page as well as a link to go to my external website. Is this possible?

    Yes. You can simply create a new static page and do not enter either a title or content to it. Instead in the title field enter this link instead >

    <a href="http://www.revenantphotography.wordpress.com">Home</a>

  25. As far as adding a link to your external website goes please run that by Staff and get their permission first, as wordpress.com blogs are not to be used to drive traffic to third party sites. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  26. Now with regard to the Tag Cloud widget I already had one in my Inactive widgets box and was able to install it in Twenty Ten. If it's not appearing in your Available Widgets box then, as this is a new theme, you may want to ask Staff to confirm whether or not it is meant to be available.

  27. Well, I don't know who sent you but you are unbelievably helpful. Thank you.

  28. lol ... No one sent me. I'm a volunteer and you're welcome! :)

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