OVER THE PAST SEVEN YEARS, I have used several themes to develop my sites to look and feel the way that I envision them. As my sites bring me no income, I can only justify a modest budget for them. So, with only a few exceptions, the themes and plugins that I use on all my sites are the free versions from each developer.
About a year ago, I switched my blogs over to the free GeneratePress theme. This is one of the fastest, cleanest, and most highly recommended themes in the WordPress world. But it caused me to make some unfortunate changes to the home page.
This included reducing the size of the featured image on the home page of each blog. Instead of filling the screen, these smaller images were surrounded by the white backdrop of each blog’s neutral areas.
The image that I had been using on Elvis – A Touch Of Gold was a black and white photo of Elvis on stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1970. But the new design required a smaller image and the Vegas photo just wasn’t as effective that way.
So I replaced it with a gorgeous, full-color photo from the 1968 NBC-TV special, which looked fantastic with the white border!
This is a cropped image from the larger photo that is currently the featured image on the home page of this blog.
A heroic gorgeous photo
But the Black Friday sales of last month got to me and I ponied up the payment for the GeneratePress Premium theme (one-third off the usual price!). This is the theme I am using on all my sites and will continue using for the foreseeable future.
GP Premium allowed me to restore the large featured image—which is rather absurdly referred to as a “Hero image” in the wonderful world of WordPress—to my sites.
But the ’68 television special photo didn’t look right taking up the whole screen.
But the ’70 Vegas photo certainly does.
So it’s back.
FORMER FEATURED IMAGE: This is the gorgeous photo taken in June 1968 for the NBC-TV special Elvis (also referred to as Singer Presents Elvis) that was briefly the featured image on the home page of Elvis – A Touch Of Gold.