Category Archives: Themes

How to Stop a Post's Featured Image Appearing in Site Header

The TwentyTen theme has an annoying feature which causes the image in your site header to be replaced by a post's Featured Image. I have no idea what they were thinking, other than that the featured image wasn't used anywhere else in the theme, so perhaps they should use it to override the image in the header.

Well that's a bad idea. Even though the theme doesn't use it, sites like Facebook will use the featured image as the thumbnail when a post is shared. It just doesn't make sense to change your site header according to the featured image.

In order to fix this, you have to edit your theme's header.php, preferably by creating a child theme. Search for these lines:

// Check if this is a post or page, if it has a thumbnail, and if it's a big one
if ( is_singular() && current_theme_supports( 'post-thumbnails' ) &&
        
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Make Your Bullet Points More Sexy

Bullet points are an excellent way to convey lists of information in articles on your blog. They're easy to read, and generally quicker for readers to scan than the same information represented in full grammatically correct paragraphs. Bullet points are sexy, and here's how to make them even sexier.

Often I find the information in the bullet points I want to present isn't morally or emotionally neutral. There are good points, and bad points. Changing the bullet icon to a tick or a cross conveys this instantly:

  • Good point
  • Bad point

The advantages of using tick and cross icons in your lists are:

  • They instantly convey your emotional or moral choice about something
  • They're easy to read
  • They look sexy

The disadvantages of not using them are:

  • Your blog looks less cool
  • It's not as sexy
  • Everyone will think you're boring

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