Custom Logo

Using a custom logo allows site owners to upload an image for their website, which can be placed at the top of their website. It can be uploaded from Appearance > Header, in your admin panel. The custom logo support should be added first to your theme using add_theme_support(), and then be called in your theme using the_custom_logo(). A custom logo is optional, but theme authors should use this function if they include a logo to their theme.

Adding Custom Logo support to your Theme

To enable the use of a custom logo in your theme, add the following to your functions.php file:

add_theme_support( 'custom-logo' );

When enabling custom logo support, you can configure five parameters by passing along arguments to the add_theme_support() function using an array:

function themename_custom_logo_setup() {
	$defaults = array(
		'height'               => 100,
		'width'                => 400,
		'flex-height'          => true,
		'flex-width'           => true,
		'header-text'          => array( 'site-title', 'site-description' ),
		'unlink-homepage-logo' => true, 
	add_theme_support( 'custom-logo', $defaults );
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'themename_custom_logo_setup' );

The after_setup_theme hook is used so that the custom logo support is registered after the theme has loaded.

  • height
    Expected logo height in pixels. A custom logo can also use built-in image sizes, such as thumbnail, or register a custom size using add_image_size().
  • width
    Expected logo width in pixels. A custom logo can also use built-in image sizes, such as thumbnail, or register a custom size using add_image_size().
  • flex-height
    Whether to allow for a flexible height.
  • flex-width
    Whether to allow for a flexible width.
  • header-text
    Classes(s) of elements to hide. It can pass an array of class names here for all elements constituting header text that could be replaced by a logo.
  • unlink-homepage-logo
    If the unlink-homepage-logo parameter is set to true, logo images inserted using get_custom_logo() or the_custom_logo() will no longer link to the homepage when visitors are on that page. In an effort to maintain the styling given to the linked image, the unlinked logo image is inside a span tag with the same “custom-logo-link” class.

Displaying the custom logo in your theme

A custom logo can be displayed in the theme using the_custom_logo() function. But it’s recommended to wrap the code in a function_exists() call to maintain backward compatibility with the older versions of WordPress, like this:

if ( function_exists( 'the_custom_logo' ) ) {

Generally logos are added to the header.php file of the theme, but it can be elsewhere as well.

If you want to get your current logo URL (or use your own markup) instead of the default markup, you can use the following code:

$custom_logo_id = get_theme_mod( 'custom_logo' );
$logo = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $custom_logo_id , 'full' );
if ( has_custom_logo() ) {
	echo '<img src="' . esc_url( $logo[0] ) . '" alt="' . get_bloginfo( 'name' ) . '">';
} else {
	echo '<h1>' . get_bloginfo('name') . '</h1>';

Custom logo template tags

To manage displaying a custom logo in the front-end, these three template tags can be used: