Ian Hennessey is the Clark Griswold of webmasters. Which is to say Hennessey is one festive guy.
Like the over-the-top character from National Lampoon’s Vacation movie series, Hennessey goes all out with his holiday decorations. The Fountain Valley (Calif.) Girls Fastpitch Softball webmaster has been swapping out background and banner designs on his site to fit the season – Thanksgiving, Christmas and now Halloween.
“I just do it because I think it’s fun,” Hennessey said by email, adding that he’s hasn’t received much feedback. “It’s pretty thankless.”
Hennessey says he finds free backgrounds and vector files to piece together into backgrounds. Then, if the urge hits, he’ll add a few more bells and whistles.
“Sometimes I will throw in jQuery to make the turkey ‘gobble,’ Santa ‘ho ho ho’ or make the background snow,” Hennessey said.
Hennessey has always used his significant coding skills to swap out the backgrounds. Now, with the ability to change banners and backgrounds from Sport Ngin's Admin Control Panel, no such code knowledge is necessary (unless you absolutely must have your turkey gobble).
“I imagine anyone can do it now that the webmaster can change background images,” he said.
We gave it a try and, sure enough, it’s a snap.
Step 1: Log In
Step 2: Select Admin Control Panel
Step 3: Select Website Settings
Step 4: Select Theme
Step 5: Select Background
Step 6: Select Add Background Graphic
Step 6: Add a New Banner Graphic to your site:
Background Color: We left the setting at the default black
Position: We left the setting at the default Center Top position.
Repeat: We left the setting at the default No Repeat - The background- image will not be repeated.
Attachment: We left the setting at the default Scroll- The background scrolls along with the element.
Choose File: Navigate to the image you want as your new background and select it.
Step 7: Background graphics can be added only to a specific page.
Step 8: Navigate to the section in User Moder to confirm the banner looks correct.
Below is the video tutorial on how to change your website's background and banner.