I am developing a WordPress theme and would like to make use of a custom header on a the homepage (I'm using a custom page template).

I would like this header to not include an image, but rather an <h1> and <h2> tag, and a link.

So my question is the following - how do I go about providing users with the facility to update the headings and the link in the header from the admin backend? Would add_theme_support( 'custom-header' ); be suitable for this since I need to add my own fields? And how would I go about completely disabling support for the image and showing the text in my page template?

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File: functions.php

It's as easy as adding this to your functions.php file (of course having $wpse67109 set).

add_theme_support( 'custom-header', $wpse67109_defaults );

File: index.php or any other template

Simply don't add the whole get_head_image() and get_custom_header()->foo stuff anywhere.

Your headline template part could look like the following example:

        <h1 class="site-title">
            if ( display_header_text() )
                     '<a href="%s" title="%s" rel="home">%s</a>'
                    ,esc_url( home_url( '/' ) )
                    ,esc_attr( get_bloginfo( 'name', 'display' ) )
                    ,get_bloginfo( 'name' )
        <?php if ( '' !== get_bloginfo( 'description' ) ) : ?>
            <h2 class="site-description"><?php bloginfo( 'description' ); ?></h2>
        <?php endif; ?>
  • 1
    Thank you for your reply. Ok, I'll give this a shot - just to clarify though, '$wpse67109_defaults' is the name of the array you used to set the settings for the custom header right?
    – Ian Muscat
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 11:52
  • @IanMuscat Right. I just prefix such stuff for questions in here.
    – kaiser
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 11:54
  • Hi, I tried out the example you provided me with - However I didn't get as far as I intended... While the code you gave above removes the image, I am still confused as to how I should insert my custom fields into the header area - I need to give the functionality to users to change the content that's in <h1> and <h2>. I found this tutorial - I'll give it a try and see where it takes me...
    – Ian Muscat
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 12:28
  • @IanMuscat What? Why? Nooo°°.... ! Just use the theme customizer with above code ↑. It's as easy as that.
    – kaiser
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 12:32
  • I must be missing something, sorry for being so green, I'm sort of new to this... I'm not sure if I explained myself clearly... My objective is to have the whole default header image with three textboxes in the admin - one that will contain the h1, one with the h2 and another with the link - that way a user can edit the text from the back-end and it will show up dynamically on the front-end... Is this achievable code you posted above? - Once again, thanks so much for your help!
    – Ian Muscat
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 12:47

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