Welcome to the sixth week of my Complete Guide To WordPress blog course.
Here’s what we’ve covered so far:
- Week One: Why should you move to WordPress?
- Week Two: Which host should you pick?
- Week Three: Installing your WordPress Blog.
- Week Four: Pointing your domain to WordPress
- Week Five: WordPress themes.
Today we’ll be going through how to create a simple header for your blog.
Most themes will give you the option to upload a header image. In the option to upload your own, it usually gives you the recommended dimensions:
I’m going to show you how to make a header in PicMonkey. Of course, you can pay someone to create a header – many bloggers offer this service at a great price and these can include customised pictures, but it’s very simple to make own text based header for free.
The first thing to do is open PicMonkey, click ‘design’ and then resize the image to the dimensions of your header under Basic Edits > Resize.
The next thing to do is decide if you want to keep the image white or have a coloured background, or even add a photo to it.
If you want to match a colour, use a site like Color Picker which lets you upload an image and select the colour you want to give it’s HTML code. If I wanted to use the same colour as the header from this blog, I just need to upload the header and select the colour.
Then you can put the HTML code in Basics > Canvas colour for the background colour, or use it as a font.
Now’s time to pick your font. If you don’t like the ones that are on PicMonkey or your computer, you can download one from DaFont and install it onto your computer.
How to install a font
Extract the files you have downloaded, then:
Windows 10/8/7/Vista: Right-click on the font files > “Install”
Windows XP: Put the font files into C:\Windows\Fonts
Mac OS X: Double-click the font file > “Install font” button.
Then simply add the text in the colour you want.
Although for this blog, I want to keep the image as the header, so I’m going to upload a picture, fade it a little and put coloured text over it.
Have a play around with the fonts, images and colours you like to create your own free header!
Still to come: WordPress hacks and Plugins.