I hope someone will be able to help me with this, because it's starting to freak me out.

Have been searching hours to find a way to put image paths in my stylesheet, but have not been able to. The path must not be absolute or "theme dependant". The only way I have been able to fix my issue, is to do add the following within my html file:

<style type="text/css">
    #menu .menu-drop .menu-label {
        background: url(<?php echo get_template_directory_uri()."/admin/images/drop1.png"; ?>) no-repeat right;
    #menu li:hover .menu-drop .menu-label {
        background: url(<?php echo get_template_directory_uri()."/admin/images/drop2.png"; ?>) no-repeat right;
    #menu .menu-sub li:hover {
        background: #2a2a2a url(<?php echo get_template_directory_uri()."/admin/images/select.png"; ?>) no-repeat 10px;

As you can see, I simply add the background image "manually" in the html file after including the stylesheet in the header.

Any idea how to transfer the above to a stylesheet, or is that not possible?

  • 1. Blow no. 1 — The path must not be absolute or "theme dependant" 2. Blow no. 2 — transfer the above [CSS] to a stylesheet — The way it is, you simply CAN'T. Or you will have to frame your question more clearly. You are confused, and so am I, after reading it. :)
    – its_me
    Jul 7, 2012 at 8:22

1 Answer 1


Use a relative path in your stylesheet. If the CSS file is in /style.css:

#menu .menu-drop .menu-label {
    background: url(admin/images/drop1.png) no-repeat right;
  • can't get relative path to work either. Guess I have to insert it manually in the admin.php page instead of my stylesheet :( Jul 7, 2012 at 12:18
  • Explain why you cannot use relative paths.
    – fuxia
    Jul 7, 2012 at 12:29
  • The css file is placed in a CSS folder, this worked though: background: url("../images/drop1.png") no-repeat right; Your solution worked though, thanks ;) Jul 7, 2012 at 18:48

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