A Hero Image is a great way of jazzing up a website design without having to do a lot of design work or create fancy graphics. They’re impactful and look fantastic on desktops.

What is a Hero Image?

A Hero Image is an image which takes up the entire screen on a desktop browser. Like this: 

Where would you use a Hero Image?

Usually at the top of the screen, below the Header (logo & menu) or to break up sections on a longer page. 

What are the pros and cons of using Hero Images?


Great visual impact 

More efficient than using a slider 

Can layer backgrounds/images/text & buttons on them.


Need to have a different configuration for mobile responsive versions

How easy is it to create a Hero Image?

They are extremely simple to create and don’t take any more skill than adding an image to WordPress. 

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  Add a container

   Click on container settings 

  Click on Background 


  Upload Image 


You can then choose to layout the container however you like in terms of columns and rows – you can choose to have column backgrounds, images, insert text or buttons. The options are as limitless as when working in a container without a Hero Image. 

What you should bear in mind

As the Hero image is the container background it will only show if you have content in the container. If you’re planning on using little content, insert separators above and below the content to space out the image. 

Video tutorial

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial of how to create a Hero image on your WordPress website.

What next?

Once you’ve created the Hero Image you want to make sure it’s going to work on mobile devices. How it displays will depend on the responsive breakpoints of your theme. You can read how to choose the right theme for your website here.