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Design Idea: Add a festive header to your website

Here’s a simple design idea for small business websites: add some festive cheer to your website!

This idea comes from one of my longest-runnning clients- they’ve asked me to put up a Christmas background in their website header for several years now (great idea, Activate Your Life!). This year, I decided to add it to my own website, and I love how it looks! 

If you’re on WordPress or Shopify and can make basic CSS edits, you can DIY this- if you have never heard of CSS, you may want to ask a web designer to do it. For those brave souls who want to roll up their sleeves and go for it, here’s the steps I took:

WordPress Instructions:

  1. I used Canva to make a custom size of 2558px x 346px, created my design, then exported as a png.
  2. At my WordPress Dashboard > Media, I uploaded my png to my Media Library. After it is uploaded, click on it to bring up the info dialog box- scroll down on the right side of that box to  "File URL". Keep that handy
  3. Using the Inspector tool of Chrome or Firefox (right click on the header and select "Inspect"), I found the css selector for my header, and copied that bit of code
  4. In Dashboard>Customize>Additional CSS, I pasted my code. Then I pasted the following code:
    .your-css-selector {background-image:url("your image url here"); background-repeat: repeat-x; background-size: cover;}
    Note: Replace ".your-css-selector" and “your image url here” with your actual image URL
  5. Then click "Publish"

Shopify Instructions:

  1. I used Canva to make a custom size of 2558px x 346px, created my design, then exported as a png.
  2. On my Shopify Dashboard, I went to Settings > Files and I uploaded my png. After it is uploaded the url of the file shows next to the title. Keep that handy
  3. Using the Inspector tool of Chrome or Firefox, (right click on the header and select "Inspect") I found the css selector for my header, and copied that bit of code
  4. Go to the Themes section of the Shopify Dashboard.
  5. Click on the Actions drop-down and select Edit code.
  6. Open the Assets/theme.scss.liquid file and add the following code to the very bottom of the file:
    .your-css-selector {background-image:url("your image url here"); background-repeat: repeat-x; background-size: cover;}
    Note: Replace ".your-css-selector" and “your image url here” with your actual image URL
  7. Save the changes

That’s it! Just don’t forget to take it down when the holidays are over. Let the holiday season begin!

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