Create Logo for WordPress

How to Create and Add a Logo to a WordPress Site

Through the Site Logo feature, WordPress allows you to upload your site’s logo once, and it’ll be displayed perfectly in all themes regardless of how often you make changes. A logo is a unique identifier of your brand – it separates your brand from the pack of other brands that might be doing a similar thing as you.

On the web, a logo is far more useful. When you open a ton of tabs on your browser, a brand’s logo helps you locate the specific tab of their page from the clutter. Are you looking for a professional logo for your brand? To upload a logo, you need to have one in the first place. If you’re not willing to hire a freelancer and want to make a professional logo yourself, try out the Zyro Logo Maker here.

Zyro Logo Maker

Meanwhile, here is how to add a logo to a WordPress website in three different methods.

Using the Dashboard

The first and most straightforward method is using the WordPress dashboard:

Step 1

Start by logging into your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to the left side of the screen and click on the Appearance tab. On the drop-down menu that appears, select the Header option.

Appearance Tab

Step 2

Look for the option that enables you to upload a picture. The setup can depend on the theme you are using. Some themes will suggest logo options for you, while others will let you go further and alter the size of the header. Regardless of the options, you are offered, you can almost always crop your image as you please or leave it as it is.

Use the Choose File button under Select Image section to locate your image file on your device. Choose the file of your interest and upload it on the dashboard. You should be able to see the preview of your image on the dashboard.

Step 3

Most themes would fill the logo area with filler text by default until you add your own image. However, they allow you to get rid of the text even if you don’t intend to upload your image at that time – just look for a box labeled “Show Header Text With Your Image” or equivalent and uncheck it, you’ll be good to proceed.


Step 4

Navigate to your website’s front-end and glance at the preview of your logo. Some themes will place the picture in the correct place, while others may incorrectly put it immediately below the menu. This might not please some users, but many sites tend to place their logo slightly above the menu at the top left part of the screen.

The Upload Tab Method

As aforementioned, some free and premium themes have a different approach in placing the image on the site. While their developers would do anything they could to make the experience as less problematic as possible, you’ll still need to search for the correct tab. In this alternative method, we will highlight the common technique that applies to most premium WordPress themes. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t fret, just search among the tabs located on the left part of your dashboard, and you might find a theme, logo, or header customization option.

Step 1

Navigate to the left part of your dashboard and click on the Theme Options tab. Once again, the label or name of this option might vary across themes.

Theme Options

Step 2

In the theme used in this post, the user is provided with a General section where they can upload their logo. It is not unusual for some developers to include an array of accordion-style tabs that lets the user jump between preferences. Nonetheless, locate the spot where you can place your logo and proceed.

General Tab

Step 3

Locate the logo on your device and proceed to upload it on your site. Most themes will allow you to drop the image on the spot and make some modifications, as shown below. I like to advise users to edit their logos with a dedicated editor on their devices before uploading them. You are free to adjust it with alternative text, a captivating title, or any other add-on that you feel could improve it.

Modifying the Code

This method can appear to many people as a route only pros would take. That’s exactly why I decided to place it at the bottom of everything else. Surprisingly though, this is the best method for you if you want the logo to appear at the exact spot you want it to be.

Step 1

Locate the Media tab, click on it, and upload your picture to the servers.

Step 2

This is where things become a little technical: locate your Header.php file. It is not good practice to modify this file right in your dashboard. Rather, save it in your local WordPress files and modify the code from there.

Step 3

Locate the line with <h> brackets. The easiest way to locate it is to make the Ctrl+F function key combination and type “h1”.

Step 4

Locate the <h1> and </h1> tags and delete everything between them. If, by any chance, the code between these tags includes something like class=”site-title”>, you would rather leave this bit of code inside and proceed to the next step.

Paste a code between the tags so that it looks something like this:

Paste the code

Step 5

Go back to your code and look for the image-name.jpg section. Remove this part and replace it with the URL of the uploaded logo. Also, look for the My Site title or text and replace it with the text of your choice, perhaps the name of your website.

And that’s how to create and add a logo to a WordPress site.

Wrapping Up

There are multiple ways of creating and adding a logo on a WordPress site, some of them even easier or harder than the above. Sometimes the ease of intricacy of doing it depends on how your theme was designed. If you are a fan of the click-and-paste way of doing things, there are as many techniques as there are a number of WordPress themes you can use. Using code is the best approach (although a bit hard for some people) because the logo always ends up where you want it to be.

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