A few days ago the tutorial was on changing and setting the header art in your test site. Today’s tutorial in Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course is about customizing your site with a background image or color.
Before I dive into the details, please note that things are a little confusing right now with WordPress.com sites where most of you should have your test site. In my WordPress in person class last night, half of the students did not have some of the WordPress Theme design elements under the Appearance menu, others did. WordPress.com a live testing ground for WordPress development and they have the ability to constrain testing to small groups of users. Sitting in a classroom teaching two different methods for the same goal is just a prime example of the challenges faced by WordPress educators and trainers. I’ll do my best here.
Look under Appearance in the WP-Admin menus. If you see Background and Theme Options, great. If you do not see both of these, you will modify the header art and background image/colors through the Customize feature. I will explain using the former as the latter is still a work in progress.
How to Change the Theme’s Background Image
In WordPress, the background image may be changed if the WordPress Theme activates the feature. The Twenty-Eleven Theme we are working with on the course test site offers the option to change the background image and color of the Theme.
To change the Theme’s background image:
- Go to Appearance > Background
- Select the image by clicking Browser to access an image on your computer’s hard drive and upload it or Choose Image to select one already uploaded to the Media Library
- Choose from one or more of the Display Options to set the background image
- Save changes and preview the front end view of your site