Random Header Images

Random header images have returned to our Summitlake.com Home Page. That’s the page-wide banner image at page top. Home page visitors see a new image with each visit. We select these at random from a collection of about 40 custom images. I created these from my library of personal photos, including many not posted elsewhere. Visitors to other departments continue to get a static image (it never changes) which helps visually to determine what department we’re currently viewing. The rest of this article contains an image displaying what those iconic department images look like, and technical details mostly of interest to WordPress geeks.

I hope you enjoy the 40 or so new custom Home Page header images. I created them new from Photoshop crops of the my favorite personal library images.

The image below displays the static banner header images for our nine satellite “departments”. The Astronomy header photo is from a NASA image of the Helix Nebula. All other banners currently used on this site are crops from personal digital photographs and 35mm slide scans. (No image is shown below for HOME as it’s the department with rotating random images.) All personal images are copyright, so it would not be cricket to post these images elsewhere.

Department Banners

Department Banners

Random banner images are built into WordPress as of version 3.2, eliminating the need for custom programs and plug-ins.

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WordPress Conversion

We’re working our way through Summitlake.com departments to convert most HTML pages into this WordPress department. As you’d note in today’s “What’s New” posting, it’s now the turn of our Computers & Technology department. We won’t repeat all that here.

Now a word about what’s actually happening. The total number of posts won’t change that much. When we created this WordPress department, it inherited a huge number of “legacy” HTML documents. In the interest of time, we didn’t add the text of all those articles to WordPress. Instead, we created WordPress posts containing SUMMARY paragraphs and links to the old documents. Think of these as “placeholders”.
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