Header for Lens

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  • #77737

    afreestyler
    Member

    Hi there,
    I recently went to use a header image and it states 1600 x 150 which looked ok in the preview, as I saved and updated it though.. that ‘width’ is too small for larger displays (I use an Alien Laptop for example with about a 17 inch display, I think and it has a small area of ‘black’ on both edges of the header..) I’ll leave it there for you to view.. but a little embarrassing as it is ‘not a good look’.

    nb: I do not simply want to ‘fix using css’.. as it seems to be a lens issue.

    Thanks,
    Sasha

    The blog I need help with is apanache.wordpress.com.

    #77904

    binarymoon
    Theme Author

    Hi Sasha – is the image still there? Screen resolutions higher than 1600 are not common – the Alien laptops are very high spec (and rather nice machines) but they’re not the default so most users will see what you saw in the preview.

    I know you said you don’t want this but there’s a way to stretch the image to full width using css – and I could give you the code for that – however I assure you it’s not an issue most people will experience (I can’t see the issue on my Macbook Pro for example).

    #77906

    afreestyler
    Member

    Hi binary moon,

    Um, I changed it in css earlier, as I checked an earlier post you had made in the lens forum. (but it looks a little dull/stretched etc)

    I would still appreciate the idea for it to be changed for the theme..(?) as there is no problem with the background. The less css I use the better, for future of the blog reasons.

    I know quite a lot of people who use desktops and large screens though Binary, so it would show like it did for me. I also think it would only serve your theme in a good way. :)

    Sasha
    nb: I do love the theme though.

    #77974

    binarymoon
    Theme Author

    Hi Sasha – I’m pleased you still love the theme – despite me not changing things! :)

    Regarding the header – I do understand your concerns – and I agree that there may be others who see the gaps. However – I know from site statistics that 1600 is generally the upper end. Above that is less common.

    The problem I have is that I have to strive to keep a balance between size, speed, and compatibility.

    For example – Dell recently started selling a 34 inch monitor. They’re not going to be common – but there will be a handful of users who have them. To support them fully I’d have to make the header image at least 3440 pixels wide – more than double the current size. I’d also have to increase the recommended height otherwise on smaller screens the image will look like a toolbar – again increasing the file size.

    Then – at the other end of the spectrum – we have smartphones, where the screen is smaller and connection speeds are generally a lot slower. The larger the image – the worse the experience for those using a smartphone.

    For smartphones 1600 is already too big – ideally it would be less – so making it wider would slow things down for those users without improving the experience.

    It’s a conundrum and I am open to changing things – but only if I can work out a way to please all users and not make things worse for some whilst making them better for others. It has to be some sort of happy medium.

    #77977

    afreestyler
    Member

    Wow… thanks for all that info Binary, as I do find it a great way to expand my knowledge base about things on the peripheral (like coding). As have never ‘studied’ it etc, so I would merely have thought it would be something like the background to ‘centre and fit’ ~ and didn’t think about ‘loading times etc either :)

    Thanks again..

    Sasha

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