Change header image area to HTML/text widget on theme Twenty Eleven?
I am trying to add some images and text to the header area of my blog, but currently my theme (Twenty Eleven) only allows images to be uploaded to the header. Is there any easy way to replace the header area with a text widget? Thanks in advance for your help.
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What are you trying to do exactly, just make the header area clickable?
Hi designsimply, thanks for your reply. I’d like my header area to be essentially treated like an html widget so I can make a table, upload images, code in some text and take full advantage of that SEO (not matter how minimal). However, I’ve come to a solution I’m fairly satisfied with, I’m now just curious if its possible. Thanks!
With regard to SEO, I think displaying the site title in an h1 tag (which many of the themes do) would be the best tactic. However, note that I am not an SEO consultant and I just know what I know about SEO by reading about it from people I respect in the industry (and I think there is a lot of misinformation about SEO out there).
So, if your goal is SEO, then your site title should actually be set to something specific and not too broad. For example, you might make “Dan’s Goals” your site title and “How to accomplish your goals, for real this time.” for the tagline and use something else entirely for the header image.
Is there any easy way to replace the header area with a text widget?
Regarding this question, how easy it is to replace a header area with a text widget will depend on the theme. It would be pretty easy to do in the Twenty Eleven theme if you were to create a text widget with the html you want, find which ID that text widget uses, and then place the widget into the header area using absolute positioning. Definitely doable.
Does the tagline really have any seo value? just asking.
In my opinion? Only in as much as it’s content on a page. But it’s also often used in the <title> in the html <head> area, and that’s useful for search engines.
designsimply, thanks for your help! Unfortunately I’m a noob at wordpress (although decent at CSS and html) and would love if you could point me at some resources that would enable me create the HTML widget and place it in the header area. If you don’t know of any, no worries. Best.
One more thing, I am now trying to install a plugin to my site but after purchasing my upgrade (arrrg) found that wordpress.com hosted sites don’t allow them. Really, I am trying to create hidden public pages. Can this be done on wordpress.com hosted sites or is wordpress.org required? My site will eventually be receiving high volumes of users and visitors who will be creating profiles and uploading large amounts of data, and now I am questioning whether or not wordpress is a realistic solution for the customization and volume I’m looking to accommodate. Thanks!
would love if you could point me at some resources that would enable me create the HTML widget and place it in the header area
There aren’t any resources that I specifically know of that are just for that, but I can try to help you. What I would do is add the text widget, then look for it’s ID, then use absolute positioning to move the whole thing up and overlay whatever is currently in the header area.Can you create a text widget example (something simple maybe) and save it and try using absolute positioning to move it? If you get stuck, reply back after the text widget is in place and I’ll take a look.
I am trying to create hidden public pages. Can this be done on wordpress.com hosted sites or is wordpress.org required?
You can do that. Just create a custom menu and leave out the page you don’t want linked. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
My site will eventually be receiving high volumes of users and visitors who will be creating profiles and uploading large amounts of data, and now I am questioning whether or not wordpress is a realistic solution for the customization and volume I’m looking to accommodate.
WordPress.com can definitely handle the volume. We host several high end blogs for places like CNN, People, Time, etc.
Customization, however, is more limited on WordPress.com. You cannot setup a way for visitors to create profiles and upload data directly to a WordPress.com blog.
Go to http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ to learn more about the differences.
I see. Hmmmm. I’m now seeing that wordpress.org will be the necessary platform for my project since enabling users to create personal profiles (and other plugins) is a key requirement for my project.
To be clear though, I’m really wondering whether or not the wordpress products will be suite my needs for a CMS. I’m talking about beyond blogging.
I have very specific requirements to be built in to the platform, such enabling users to upload music, social features like “following” community users, and other custom development that would aggregate popular and trending topics onto the front page.
Any recommendations? Is the wordpress.org route flexible enough to accommodate large amounts of data and customization? Of course, this is a forecast, and I want to ensure I choose a scalable platform (think soundcloud and other communities alike).
I realize the questions are “far out there,” but I would appreciate any guidance you can offer. Thank you for your help in advance. – Dan
WordPress itself is very extensible. There are thousands of plugins available at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ and you may be able to find what you need in those, or if not then you can either write a plugin to add the functions you need or you can hire a developer to create them. Some of the things you’ve described exist in BuddyPress which is a set of plugins for WordPress that turn it into social network site. See http://buddypress.org/ for more information.
WordPress can handle large amounts of data and customization and it’s very scalable. WordPress.com itself is a multisite WordPress install with about 35 million blogs. See http://en.wordpress.com/stats/ for more details.
If you have further WordPress questions which are not related to WordPress.com, you should head over to the WordPress.org support forums at http://wordpress.org/support/
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