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With BoldGrid Crio, our WordPress theme for business, you can use a color, video, or image for the background of your website header design. The header background options are found in the Customizer:
- In the Dashboard navigate to Appearance → Customize
- In the Customizer menu navigate to Design → Header → Background
- Here you will see 3 design options – Background Color, Header Video, and Header Image
How to Change the Header Background Color
You can select a header background color from the theme’s color palette. If you want to use a different color than what is shown, you will need to first add that color to your palette from Customizer > Colors.
This color will be shown globally across the site unless an image background is added lower in this panel, and conditionally with video backgrounds, as discussed below.
Add a Header Background Video
The second option is for a header video background. The recommended resolution of the video is HD (2000 x 1200 pixels).
Note: By default, the video background only displays on the home page. If you want it enabled for all pages, click the blue toggle on Home Only and then the video will show across the site on desktop and tablet. On mobile, the home page uses the background color selected at the top of this panel to prevent long load times the video would cause on mobile networks. The color can be seen in the live preview by clicking the phone icon at the bottom of the Customizer.
If you are hosting the video locally in your WordPress installation, click the gray Select Video button to upload it to your media library. Be careful with this option! Adding the video from here could cause slower load times, as it would depend on your personal web hosting server. And depending on the size of the video and the terms of your web hosting account, you could go over the data limits.
The option we recommend is the YouTube URL. Creating a YouTube account is free so you can easily upload the video there and then copy and paste the link into the Customizer.
Once a video has been added, a new header background option appears at the bottom of the panel – Header Overlay, which is discussed later in this article. Since the video is only shown on the homepage, you can use a header image background in conjunction with a header video background, which we will go over next.
Add a Header Background Image
To add a header background image click the gray Add new image button to open the media library. You can choose an existing image or upload a new one. The recommended size for the header image background is 2000 x 1200 pixels.
Uploading more than one image allows you to click the gray Randomize uploaded headers button. This option displays a different image each time a page is loaded, even if you refresh the current page.
After an image is added, clicking the gray Hide image button will keep the image as an option in the Customizer but not show it from the live site. If the Randomize uploaded headers option is being used, this button will disable it.
Once an image has been added, a new option appears below – Header Overlay.
Add a Color Overlay to the Header
Using an overlay on your header background image or video can help your design be more accessible to your users by improving the contrast between the image and text. Keep in mind this overlay will be used for the video and image backgrounds if you are using both.
To enable the Header Overlay options click the gray Disable toggle, this will change the toggle to be blue and say Enabled. Now you can select your overlay color from the theme’s color palette, and change the opacity of that color if needed.
Once you have the header background designed, don’t forget to hit the blue Publish button at the top of the Customizer to save your changes.
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