The header is the area at the top of your WordPress pages. Content options for the header are controlled by your theme. The header usually includes your site’s title, and tagline (if you have one). It may also include a logo or image. The site title and/or tagline can be part of a header image, in which case the text site title and tagline can be hidden in Appearance/Customize.

Some themes support automatic rotation of several different header images. With others, you can assign particular header images to different pages of your site.

Headers may also include widget areas, which are typically used for things like linked social media icons, search fields, or buttons to follow the blog. Header widget areas can also be used for navigation menus.

In the most widely used blog format, the navigation menu is horizontal, and located immediately below the header area or image. However, some themes may also offer the option for a navigation menu above the header.

Many newer themes may locate the site title to the left and the navigation menu to the right on the same horizontal line within the header area. This restricts the font size that is workable for the site title, and does not work well if you have a long site name, or many menu items.

If your theme does not support custom headers, you can manage the header background color or image from Appearance/Header in the WordPress dashboard. The recommended header image size can vary widely from theme to theme. There is an option to crop header images during the upload process, but results are often better if the image is edited to the recommended size before uploading it.

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