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Adding background image to WordPress site

Experimenting with WordPress backgrounds

NOTE: This post originated as an email to a friend and WordPress user

I finally got around to testing background images on one of my blogs, and as it turns out I rather like the effect. Perhaps I’ll soon follow suit with some of the other blogs. I know that you have loads of high-resolution images you could use as backgrounds for your sites.

Although the current background image — a rather blurry photo of a sky full of cirrus clouds at sunset — isn’t the highest quality photo, it should suffice at least as a test to demonstrate the visual effect of a static background image.

My monitor is currently set to a fairly high resolultion (1600px width), so I chose a 1600px-wide image as my first test background image.

View or modify the resolution settings of your monitor by right-clicking on any blank area on the desktop, then selecting Screen Resolution from the context menu.

From the WordPress Dashboard, just go to Appearance -- Background. I set this background image to Center, No Tiling, and to be Static so that the image stays in the same place even when you scroll down the page.

Here’s what it looks like:

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How to view compressed (zipped) photos

Pixie, the wonderful Dale doggie, on Christmas morning 2011I recently emailed a batch of digital Christmas photos to my sister. As usual, I zipped them up. That is, I compressed the photos into a smaller package – the standard, efficient way to send sets of images as email attachments.

My assumption – that she had previously encountered zipped (compressed) files, knew how to work with them, or that Windows would open the compressed photos for her automatically – was wrong. :O (It is easy to take such things for granted – and making assumptions is not a good habit…)

This short post was converted from the instructions I quickly compiled and emailed to my sister. I hope this content clearly explains the simple steps that even a computing noob (i.e., a beginner) can follow in order to handle zipped/compressed files successfully – on a Windows machine, at least.

Quick and easy instructions for handling compressed files:

Pixie, the wonderful Dale doggie, on Christmas morning 2011

  1. Open the email to which the ZIP archive (collection of digital photos) is attached
  2. Save the ZIP file to the specific folder where you prefer to store your photos (My Pictures, for instance)
  3. Use Windows Explorer [1] to navigate to the My Pictures folder
  4. Right-click on the zipped file
  5. Choose Extract (or Unzip or Decompress – it varies depending on what your default compression software is)
  6. Windows will go about unzipping (decompressing) the collection of images, which can then be viewed however you prefer to view pictures on your computer

[1] Right-click on the Windows Start button, choose Explore (or Windows Explorer, or something similar – depends on Windows version)

The doggie photos

The subject of both photos on this page is dear, sweet little Pixie, the beloved, five-pound micro-dog of my sister’s family – the Dales – as she appeared and behaved on Christmas morning of 2011! NOTE: As with most posts on my blogs, if you click your browser’s Refresh button, you may see different images – in this case, of the dear, petit canine!

This post is closely related to another entitled Using the context menu to view details on Windows PCs.