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i'm sorry for a FAQ, but how do you put a different image in the header

  1. i'm sorry! but i searched the F.A.Q and the forum and could't find a similar Q. so how do you add an image to the header of the default wordpress theme? there is a button for "header image and color" but when you go there you can only change the color.

  2. You can't post your own image, you can simply change the colour of that theme. In order to get full customization of themes you need to get paid hosting for your blog.

  3. michaelscomments

    Importing to WP from Blogger was a snap, thanks.

    How difficult is it to d/l WP and host it myself?

    I want to use my photo for the header.

    I already have the domain name and the hosting provider.

  4. So which is it? Do you desire to add a custom header to your blog as this thread seems to indicate?

    This thread indicates your have downloaded WP software from and have paid for an own hosted blog.

    If the later is the case the codex will give you more info on everything from installing your software to any and all customization of it. In addition questions regarding paid hosting blogs should be directed here.

  5. michaelscomments

    Thanks for the reply, Marc.
    It looks like I will have to puzzle out the self-hosting mysteries, if I want to use my own photo for a header.

  6. Michael - for your self-hosted version there is a whole different support section over at


  7. Your webspace provider should also be providing support as well if not have some form of autoinstaller for you to use.

  8. Speaking of picture in WP default theme... When are you, please, going to offer it? (just one, tiny...). I don't want to change blog host just to liven up my simple blue theme. You've offered us great widgets lately. What is the problem with one simple jpeg image?

  9. Means allowing uploading. That's a security issue.

  10. "Means allowing uploading. That's a security issue."

    Please. If configured properly, there is no security risk at all. Poooor excuse. If that's what they've told you, I'm disappointed. I would *very much* like to use, but it is awfully hard without allowing custom headers. In fact, I am beginning to wonder if that's exactly why does NOT allow the custom headers. I truly think AutoMattic does NOT WANT a crush of new users that header customization would cause.

    Surely, there is more vision at Automattic than to not allow custom headers and blame it on "security." Come on, Toni, step up to the plate!!

  11. Privacy, uploading headers is different than uploading themes.

    We're not trying to drive away users. Why are you calling out Toni?

  12. If configured properly, there is no security risk at all.

    Also you know that this is not true.

  13. hey it's free! just change the color or get a host. no big deal.

  14. Why is uploading a .jpg for a theme picture less secure than uploading a .jpg for inclusion in a post?

  15. yes, not being able to upload your own imageheader is really annoying. it's like writing a book but not being allowed to chose your own bookcover by the publishing company. i'm leaving.

  16. The Magnificent Distance:

    Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service. Free Service.

    How many times does it have to be said?


  17. I didn't want to unleash such bitter arguments with my query. This is what I've done to add a little something (picture) to the default thème. In the right-hand column, position the "Links" widget just below "pages" or right at the top if it is allowed (can't remember). Insert a mock link starting with A (it will stay at the top, this way). Add a picture to the link. And there you are! Not right in the masthead, but high enough to be seen and add a little personalisation to your default theme. I am happy with it. (want to see? For link name, i chose the @. That's why my mail sits on top on the picture.

  18. Actually most book covers decisions are made by the publishing house, not by the author.

    The issue with not being able to change your header probably lies in not being able to modify your html theme. Remember, we all share the themes across the servers. If a change is made, it affects all those using the same theme.

  19. Could someone with Automattic explain how uploading a header image is somehow less secure than allowing images to be uploaded for inclusion in a post?

    And no, it's NOT a matter of wanting full HTML customization. Typepad, for instance, allows no HTML customization on its most basic plan, but you CAN upload a custom header. So, it's not necessary to allow for full HTML customization to allow a custom header. Basic.

    Why "call out" Toni? Is he not the CEO?

    Let's talk about "free." I am so tired of using free services and then, when there's a problem, being reminded it is free. Is it really? Yahoo is free, Google is free.....can we not complain and offer suggestions or come up with exotic theories about why something is being done? (Automattic) is no different. The fact is, Writely (the online word processor) is also "free" but was purchased by Google for HUGE bucks. So, my (and many others) participation with that "free" service helped the Writely team become very wealthy. The economic paradigm has changed. Whether or not one pays for a service offered publicly on the Internet has nothing to do with anything.

    Back on topic: custom headers would not be a security threat and not allowing custom headers appears to be a way to stop a huge crush on the service as it kicks off (knowing it would keep many users away). There's just no other reason to not allow custom headers. None. Just ask Typepad.

    There's still great hope for, but it will have to become more responsive to the obvious desires of many on this (and other) issues.

  20. That is the second time in this thread you have expressed the nearly identical screed. If you are so set on having a personal header image and are unhappy with the solution is easy isn't it?

    If you are just as unhappy about the response you receive from the developers of this product the same solution is available to you.

    See ya... bye now.

  21. non-authoritative answer:

    I am pretty sure Automattic™ guys would love allow header image uploading to all users.

    unforunately it is just impossible here and now. by design.

    because as drmike just damn right noticed above: "we all share the themes across the servers. If a change is made, it affects all those using the same theme."

    as for TP service -- it's been designed as and built on a multi-user/blog platform from the very MT grounds and there's also different buisness model and target group indeed.

  22. a workaround

    just tried this: write an untitled post, include the pic of your choice, uncheck "allow comments" and "pings". The only problem is you'll have to change the time stamp to bump it at the top next time you post.
    Not great, not bad either.

  23. Marc wrote: "See ya... bye now."

    Oh, Marc, so YOU decide who participates here - and who does not? There is nothing wrong with my offering my opinions and thoughts on the service. I have just as much right as you do. Period. Now........

    I was responding in my second post to the comments left regarding my FIRST post. Redundancy? Yes, it's called repeating points made because none of the answers were logical, imo.

    So, about custom headers.... is it "themes across the service?" Or, is it "security?" I think it's neither. Is this a live, growing, changing service? Or, is it a static - "this is it, it's finished and this is what you get," service? Oh.....far from it! (And that's great!)

    So, let's be is a project of the for-profit Automattic, Inc. Its CEO is Toni Schneider (who made a fortune from Oddpost's sale to Yahoo and worked at Yahoo before leaving to run Automattic). In his own blog he writes, "We plan to roll out some commercial services in the coming weeks based on the feedback we’ve been collecting."
    NOW, can we have a little honesty? The commercial service IS the business model. This free version has been the "beta," if you will, for the COMMERCIAL project. That's all fine and great - but would anybody like to wager that the "commercial services" will include custom headers?

    You can't talk down to users, have members tell another "bye now," because they ask tough questions. It's not about "security," it's not about "themes across the servers," it's about the coming commercial Again - great! I truly wish Matt, Toni and the rest good luck. But just be HONEST about it! A simple, "Certain services are not available now - but will be in the paid version which is under development." How difficult is that???


  24. Paid services have always been a somewhat touchy subject in the wordpress community (a lot of people are confused about the distinction between free-as-in-open and free-as-in-not-costing-any-money) so keeping their business plans quiet is a sensible way of avoiding the wrath of the fanatics.

    My own feeling is that a paid tier of services will arrive within the next few months (did you notice the quiet introduction of a Terms of Service?) and no, I would not be terribly surprised if it included the ability to upload a custom header. Matt's pointing out above that uploading headers is different to uploading themes is a bit of a giveaway ;)

  25. Marc wrote: "See ya... bye now."

    Oh, Marc, so YOU decide who participates here - and who does not? There is nothing wrong with my offering my opinions and thoughts on the service. I have just as much right as you do. Period. Now........

    That's odd, I didn't tell or command anyone to leave or stay. (maybe this will help you) I offered a parting salutation given your extreme unhappiness with this service.

    You received one response from one of the developers (matt) and I would agree it was short and not the best that could have been offered. However given matt and the other developers spend less time here than the vast majority of us volunteers you would be better served by using the feedback form or direct email via the Automattic site.

    Frankly I doubt if 99% of the forum users care one iota no matter how many "multi-millionare" developers/owners you dredge up. And BTW, a statement very much like "Certain services are not available now," is in fact available on the FAQ pages.

  26. I have to disagree with this idea that WP users are beggars that can't be choosers. There are other free choices :Blogger,xanga, Msn spaces. And I'm pretty sure that Matt would agree:

    "The best thing that can ever happen to a web service is to have passionate users. Users that notice and email you the second there’s a database problem, users that really push the limits of what you can provide, and users that are phenomally successful and bring thousands of others to your doors.

    As a service provider, you have a strong responsibility to these folks. They’re putting their life online with you, they deserve nothing less than 100% uptime. They tell all their friends to try you out, they deserve for the experience of the hundred thousandth user to be as great as the tenth. is serving 4.2 million hits a day on a handful of boxes."

  27. Also remember that has only been up for 6 months, not like the years Blogger and the rest of them have been around. Also remember that, unlike Blogger and the rest of them, one of the main priorities of Matt and crew is security. I liked a number of reports on how other websites have been hacked on the net. We haven't heard of any of those issues around here. That's something you guys and gals should be thanking them for.

    Or do you like the idea of seeing your website defaced? :)

  28. ok!

    So I'm guessing the answer to the original post is simply:

    "There isn't a way right now unless you are hosted".


  29. Correct. To change the picture in your header, you would have to modify your theme and that is currently not allowed as we're sharing themes here across the servers. Sharing themes allow an easier rollout of such features as the widgets and bug corrections.

  30. shared themes on a multi- blog/user system should rather be considered as a lack of indvidual ones.

    and the reason surely is not that "an easier rollout of such features as the widgets and bug corrections".

    the matter is original wordpress (b2) design (architecture, not that fancy skins) was never meant to be a multi- blog/user. [what would one expect from yet another PHP script]

    although, personal header image upload [at least for the default kubrick] could be implemented, perhaps.

    PS it's said this hack is gonna be just $200/h to implement (as a private custom order), till it's not be ready as an extra paid feature for all users (if ever).

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