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How to Add a Full Screen Background Image in WordPress

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How to Add a Full Screen Background Image in WordPress

Full screen background image seems to be a new design trend that is becoming fashionable. We have received numerous emails from users asking us how they can add full screen background image on their WordPress site. Usually setting up a full screen background image in your WordPress site means that you will have to work with CSS and HTML files. You will also have to consider the image size, and scaling that size for different devices, screen sizes, resolutions, browsers, etc. This is enough to scare WordPress beginners. Don’t worry, in this article we will show you how to add a full screen background image in WordPress without editing any stylesheet or theme files.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Simple Full Screen Background Image plugin. Upon activation, go to Appearance » Fullscreen BG Image and upload your background image.

Upload a full screen background image

It is recommended that you use an image that is at least 1600×1200 px. Your background image will be automatically scaled to match the browser screen. Once you have uploaded the image save options. Go to your website to see the live image.

Adding a full screen background image in WordPress

Choosing larger images will improve the screen resolution and the quality of background images when they are scaled down. Try testing on different browsers and devices to make sure that your background image looks equally nice on all screen sizes.

Full Screen Background Image PRO

If you really want to take custom background images to the next level on your site, then you need the PRO version of this plugin. Unlike the free plugin, where you can only set 1 background image, the pro version allows you to set unlimited background images.

The best part about Full Screen Background Images Pro is that it allows you to show different background image for different context. For example, you can select a different background image for:

  • Categories
  • Archives
  • Individual Posts
  • Pages
  • Main Blog Page
  • Front Page
  • Search, and more

Full Screen Background Images Pro

The plugin has complete fallback support, so if there is no custom background image for a specific post, then it will show the global image. It also allows you to upload and set background images directly from post editor. There is also an option to fade-images in when the page is loaded.

This plugin is very efficient in terms of performance and comes with minimal overhead.

We are seeing that some bloggers are actually using background images as the new featured image. This really looks cool as long as you have a good sense of design.

Get Full Screen Background Image Pro

We hope this article helped you add a full screen background image in WordPress. Are you using full screen background images on your site? How are you doing it? Are you going with the code method or using another plugin? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Daniel Keith says:

    Hi there,
    Great post. Adding a full screen background is very attractive feature, but wondering if it will increase my website’s load time or not.
    Thanks for your professional support in advance.

  2. Pamela Brown says:

    Thanks so much! This is what I was looking for!

  3. Nancy Johnson says:

    Thanks! That solved a problem I was having with one of my sites. ;-)

  4. Gautam Doddamani says:

    thanks this was helpful…i have seen many mythemeshop themes and woo themes with background images…and you have got one yourself too :)


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