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Create an image banner with a caption overlay

Normally we’ve created a banner image with captions differently in the past, but decided to do something a bit different.

As you may or may not realize, WordPress now has an “Image” widget. We added some custom CSS code to the theme so that when you add a caption to the widget, you get a special style applied which gives you an overlay caption. You can see this in action on the live demo for this theme, but here is a screenshot of what it looks like:

Nice done, but this is how you can do this by using the default WP Image widget:

  1. Go to Appearance >> Widgets
  2. Drag an Image widget into the “Banner” sidebar position (this is only for this sidebar position)
  3. Title your Widget
  4. Upload your image, and then with your widget still open, click the “Edit” button:
  5. Add a caption:
  6. If you want this image to link somewhere, you can fill in the “Link to:” field.
  7. Then click “Save

 

REMINDER – Just to remind you that this custom caption styling is only available when used in the Banner sidebar position.