How to create a custom static header for the front page in WordPress

To create a custom static header for the front page in WordPress, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new file called front-page.php in your theme’s directory (if it doesn’t already exist). The front-page.php file will be used as the template for your static front page.
  2. Open the front-page.php file and add the following code snippet at the beginning of the file to include the header.php file:
<?php get_header(); ?>
  1. Create a custom header section for the front page by adding the necessary HTML and CSS code right after the <?php get_header(); ?> line. For example:
<!-- Custom header for the front page -->
<div class="front-page-header">
<h1>Welcome to My Website</h1>
<p>This is a custom static header for the front page.</p>
  1. Style your custom header section by adding the appropriate CSS code to your theme’s style.css file or by using a <style> tag inside the front-page.php file. For example:
.front-page-header {
background-color: #f1f1f1;
padding: 50px;
text-align: center;

.front-page-header h1 {
font-size: 48px;

.front-page-header p {
font-size: 24px;
  1. Complete the front-page.php file by adding the necessary code for the rest of the content, such as the loop for displaying posts, the sidebar, and the footer. For example:
<!-- The Loop -->
<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<div class="post">
<h2 class="post-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
<div class="post-content">
<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>

<!-- Include the sidebar (optional) -->
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>

<!-- Include the footer -->
<?php get_footer(); ?>
  1. Save your changes to the front-page.php file and upload it to your theme’s directory (if necessary).
  1. Set your front page to display a static page by going to “Settings” > “Reading” in your WordPress admin dashboard. Choose “A static page” for the “Your homepage displays” option, and select a page to be displayed as the front page.

Now, when you visit the front page of your WordPress site, it will use the front-page.php template, and the custom static header will be displayed.

Remember to always backup your files before making any changes, and test your changes on a staging site or local development environment before applying them to your live site.

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