Creating & Uploading a Custom Header to ActiveRain and Your Outside Blog~ A Video Tutorial

Real Estate Agent with Myrtle Beach Homes Blog

I get asked often how I created my custom header for both my ActiveRain Blog and also my Outside Blog.  The process of creating one is actually pretty simple to do.  Instead of doing a tutorial with screen shots, I thought it might be easier to see how I created my header & uploaded it in a video format.  So, I made a generic header for my blogs today & taped it as I made them.

The entire process from beginning to end only took me about 5 minutes.  I actually spent more time locating the photograph I wanted to use & enhancing that.  So, if you are unsure about how to design your own header, watch these two videos below and you will be on your way to creating a great looking new header for your blog in no time!

This first video walks you through the process of actually designing the header.  It shows you how to re-size, crop, and also add text to your photograph.  I used a free online photo editing software called to create mine.  If you have photo editing software that you are familiar with, you can use that & have the same results by following the steps.


Now that we have created an awesome looking header, it is now time to insert it onto both our ActiveRain profile & also our Outside Blog.  This video will walk you through uploading the picture to both places.


As always, if you run into any problems, do not hesitate to contact me.  Now go off & add Jazz Up Your ActiveRain & Outside Blog with a Custom Header!


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Freddy Delgadillo
Judah Realty Group - Bellevue, WA
Real Estate Broker specializing Greater Eastside

Jeremy - you ROCK... I have been wanting to do this and now I know how. keep it coming man!

Oct 13, 2009 03:19 PM #44
Andrea Kramer
Prudential Connecticut Realty - Danbury, CT

I love this video and active rain. Thank you Jeremy:) Andrea

Oct 24, 2009 10:10 AM #45
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Thanks Jeremy :-) I have a question for you: the domiain names that have been a blog topic lately are for the Active Rain Blogs or the Outside Blogs? I just read someting and then confused myself and wasn't sure. Hope all is well. -Melissa

Oct 31, 2009 01:02 AM #46
GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster
THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279) - Westminster, CO
REOptions LLC

Thanks for the tip..u rock !!!

Nov 04, 2009 10:42 AM #47
License Retired
Lebanon, TN

Thank you, thank you, thatnk you!! I especially like the link to "Picnik". I'd not heard of them before.

Nov 19, 2009 05:36 AM #48
Danielle Pierce
Platinum Realty and Preservation - Chicago, IL

Just wanted to let you know that these 2 videos were a HUGE help! The process itself is, in fact, very quick and easy...once you have the pictures! It took me forever to select those!

Dec 15, 2009 09:58 AM #49
Carol Hamilton
Prudential Ambassador - Omaha, NE
Prudential, Real Estate, Omaha, NE

I have been wondering about how to do exactly this when I see so many other peoples sites so dressed up.  Thank you!

Dec 29, 2009 09:02 AM #50
Mike Mitchell
Real Living Kee Realty - Saint Clair Shores, MI

Jeremy, thank you so much for this video tutorial! I had some free time and finally was able to customize my blog header thanks to your videos.

Thanks again!


Jan 07, 2010 12:39 AM #51
Rick Wellington
Fonville Morisey - Raleigh, NC

I am the most impatient person in the world when it comes to web stuff. I like to race ahead and click around till I figure things out. Your videos have cured me of that. I open up two windows, one open to your videos, the other to the application and click back and forth. I sail right through the task. Where have you been all my life?

Jan 11, 2010 12:30 AM #52
Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Hi Jeremy, As always you are great!! You make things look so easy to do. Thanks for sharing!!

Jan 26, 2010 05:20 AM #53
Josh Gonzalez

Thanks for all the information, and thanks for taking the time to tape it.

Jan 29, 2010 06:22 PM #54
Keith Sellers
Sellers Real Estate - Kalamazoo, MI
Greater Kalamazoo and Lakeshore

Sweet, Jeremy!  I needed that ~ I'm just getting rolling in AR, and I really enjoy the writing, but some of my supporting photos and banners are third class.   I am bookmarking this page for reference!  It's amazing how much a nice crisp photo and a attractive banner can make!

Feb 22, 2010 05:53 AM #55
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Jeremy, You Rock! I hadn't thought of using picnik to resize my images.

Mar 04, 2010 02:01 AM #56
Ted J. Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Milton, GA

Jeremy, You more than rock, thanks for your contribution.  Picnik is a great photo editing tool.

Jul 22, 2010 11:14 AM #57
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks again - just needed a refresher on where to find that customize link!  My header has gone!

May 01, 2011 02:02 PM #58
James W. Bobo II
Bobo Real Estate Company - Florence, AL

Thanks Jeremy!  That online program, picnik is AWESOME!  Glad to see another Mac user too!

Jun 17, 2011 04:30 AM #59
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc


I have been sending folks to your tutorials for a while now and just realized I hadn't subscribed to your posts.  So, I did now!  Thanks for taking the time to create these tutorials.  They have been a wealth of knowledge!

Aug 12, 2011 08:28 AM #60
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I'm stuck in sidebar hell on my outside blog. I don't see a way to change the pics I've loaded on sidebar. Got the header worked out. However, there does not appear to be a way to swap out the test pics I loaded on side bar to get a feel for how it all works. Your thoughts? :)


Aug 15, 2011 04:26 AM #61
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Never mind...

I figured it out. That widget manager is a handy little sucker :)


Aug 15, 2011 05:24 AM #62
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