Header for Lens
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.
The blog I need help with is apanache.wordpress.com.
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).
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. :)
nb: I do love the theme though.
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.
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 :)
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