It seems simple, but there are so many ways to do it: How do you add a custom logo to your WordPress site?
It really depends on the theme you choose when it comes to uploading an image on your WordPress site. To start, you activate your theme and go on a hunt for the area that allows you to upload your image.
Most of the time you can find a tab on the lefthand side of your WordPress dashboard. Depending on if you choose a free theme, paid theme or a child theme, you can usually expect to locate the logo upload area in the Appearance of Settings tabs. However, since it all depends on what your theme developer specified, we are going to cover a few of the more common ways to add a custom logo to your WordPress site.
I know there are also plenty of developers out there who are selling their services to multiple clients. You probably want to brand each login area of WordPress to offer white label benefits to each one of your clients. So, we’ll also talk about how to remove the WordPress branding when people login so they can see their logo, too.
Let’s have a look.
Adding a Custom Logo to the Front-end of Your WordPress Site
Let’s start with uploading a logo to a free WordPress theme. You can find these themes by going to Appearance > Themes. Most of them are free and you can find some nice themes, but you don’t usually get the stability or support as you would with a premium theme. Regardless, the most common method for adding a logo on these free themes (and some premium themes) is quite simple.
Login to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Appearance tab on the left. Go to the Header drop-down and click on this button.
Locate the option that allows you to upload an image. Some themes have suggestions for logo and header sizes, but you can usually crop them or leave them as is and you’ll be fine. Click on the Choose File button to locate the file on your computer. Choose your file and upload it onto the dashboard.
The dashboard should show you a preview of the image.
Many themes place filler text in the logo area until you upload your image. In order to remove this text, uncheck the Show Header Text With Your Image box. Click the Save Changes button to proceed.
Go to the front-end of your website to preview the logo. I’ve noticed that some themes place the image in the right spot, while others tend to place the logo below the menu (as seen below). This might not pose a problem for some people, but typical sites have the logo above the menu in the upper lefthand corner. That’s it for this method.
Alternative Method 1 – Digging for the Upload Tab
Like I stated before, some premium themes, and even free themes, vary in the area where you upload your logo. These developers try to make it a little easier to upload quickly, but you have to do a little searching to find the right tab. I’ll cover the most common method I have found in premium themes, but if this doesn’t work, just search around the tabs on the left of your dashboard for a header, logo, or theme customization option.
Go to the Theme Options tab on the left hand side of your dashboard. Once again, this name might vary depending on your theme.
In this theme it has a General section where the logo upload area resides. It’s common for developers to include accordion-style tabs so you can jump from preference to preference. Locate the area where you can upload the logo and you should be fine.
Find the logo on your computer and upload it to the site. You can drop and modify the image after you upload it, like below, but I would recommend using an image editor for this prior to uploading. Feel free to add alternative text and a title as well. That’s it!
Alternative Method 2 – Modifying the Code
I left this as my last method because I know people typically prefer to click a button and upload the image, but modifying your code it the best way to get the logo exactly where you want and how you want it to look.
Go to the Media tab and upload your image to the server.
Find your Header.php file. It’s not recommended to modify this in your dashboard, so try modifying the code in your locally saved WordPress files.
Find the line that has <h1> brackets. You can typically perform a Ctrl +F function and type in “h1” to locate this.
Delete everything after the <h1> tag and before the </h1> tag. You’ll notice in mine that it includes <h1 class=”site-title”> If this comes up you can just leave all of this in.
Paste code between the tags to make it look like this: <h1><img src=”image_name.jpg” border=0 alt=”My Site” /></h1>
Change where it says image_name.jpg to the URL of your uploaded logo. Change the My Site text to whatever you want the alternate text to be, maybe the name of your site. That’s it!
Adding White Label Branding for Website Clients
If you run a website design company and you deliver websites to clients, then leaving them to man the sites themselves, it’s nice to change the default WordPress logo that comes up whenever they login to the dashboard. There are a few ways to modify the code and receive this result, and there are also plenty of plugins that provide solutions, but there’s one plugin that is simple, light and effective.
Install and activate the Login Logo plugin to your WordPress site.
Make sure the file name of your logo is login-logo.png.
Upload the file into your WP-Content/ folder. Once it’s uploaded your login page should look something like this:
The only improvement for this plugin would be a simple button to upload the image in your dashboard, but since developers obviously have access to the WP-Content folders, it shouldn’t be a problem. You can also try some of the other custom login logo plugins available if this doesn’t work for you.
Tools for Building Logos
We’ve learned how to get a logo on your WordPress site, on the front-end and login page, but what about tools for building your own logos? If you have design experience then I probably don’t have to tell you to use options such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or GIMP.
For those of you who aren’t as well versed with logo design, here are a few suggestions:
Logomaker is partly free, but they always seem to change their pricing. Typically you can download a handful of your own logo designs for no fee, but then they start to charge you for high-resolution images.
The great thing about Logomaker? It’s perfect for people with no design experience. Grab from the thousands of images, change colors, and move around text.
LogoYes is a pretty nice service because it has tons of stock designs to choose from, and the editor is intuitive and simple. Feel free to create your logo and play around with the interface for free. You don’t have to sign up for anything or pay a dime until you have decided that the logo is just perfect.
A final option for designing your own logo is LogoGarden, a fairly intuitive option with a nice little editor for changing colors, placement, and text. I like how it breaks things down into industries so you don’t have to sort through hundreds of images.
The logos are free, but they try to upsell you on lots of items, and you give up your information for a free consultation offer from one of their partners. If you’re a privacy nut, this might not work for you.
Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions about how to add a custom logo to your WordPress site. Or maybe you’ve found an alternate method? In any case, I’d love to hear all about it!