Header Graphic

I’ve added a simple hack to the default Kubrick theme which displays a random header graphic. Here’s how it works. I added the following function to the top of header.php:

NOTE: this must come AFTER the doctype & html lines.


<?php
function header_graphic() {
echo "/images/";
$num=rand(0,8);
echo "kubrickheader".$num.".jpg";
};
?>

Next, I changed the style element for header as follows:


#header { background: url("< ?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory'); header_graphic(); ?>") no-repeat bottom center; }

Finally, I saved several header graphics in my image directory named kubrickheader0.jpg through kubrickheader7.jpg.

If you’d like to see the different graphics, here they are:

kubrickheader0.jpg
kubrickheader1.jpg
kubrickheader2.jpg
kubrickheader3.jpg
kubrickheader4.jpg
kubrickheader5.jpg
kubrickheader6.jpg
kubrickheader7.jpg
kubrickheader8.jpg
kubrickheader9.jpg

UPDATE: I should have specified that the code needs to come after the first two lines in header.php. I also added links for the two new pictures I added after I posted the article.

12 responses to “Header Graphic

  1. yeah ! very nice thanks a lot !
    At2

  2. Mike, your solution looks easy. Famous last words… 🙂

    Clearly, I'm doing something wrong. I cut and past the php function and put it at the very top of my header.php file (the one in the themes/default directory).

    I then replaced the uncommented line that starts with #header in the same header.php file with the header element shown.

    I placed 9 images named kubrickheader0.jpg through kubrickheader9.jpg in the themes/default/images directory.

    Now, my header is just a blue box and the footer is a gray box. I didn't think I did anything to the footer.

    What did I do wrong?
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  3. Mike, your solution looks easy. Famous last words… 🙂

    Clearly, I'm doing something wrong. I cut and past the php function and put it at the very top of my header.php file (the one in the themes/default directory).

    I then replaced the uncommented line that starts with #header in the same header.php file with the header element shown.

    I placed 9 images named kubrickheader0.jpg through kubrickheader9.jpg in the themes/default/images directory.

    Now, my header is just a blue box and the footer is a gray box. I didn't think I did anything to the footer.

    What did I do wrong?
    http://blogan.net

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  6. I got it working. Thanks, Mike, for your help. I was putting the php function too high in the header.php file. Here are more details.

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