Background Manager 1.1.6 released

on June 30, 2012 in WordPress with 23 comments by

Another update for Background Manager has been released today, which fixes a number of bugs and introduces a new option.

Based on a suggestion in the WordPress Support forum, the new option provides a method for remembering the last shown background image. This allows Background Manager to continue with that image on another page, provided that page uses the same Image Set (no override).

A bug related to click-able background images has been fixed. Previously, the option to open a link in a new window did not work as intended, opening the link in the same browser window instead.

Another minor bug was related to the Pinterest “Pin it” button. The way Background Manager handled it, with each new image shown as the background, an entry was added to the browser’s history affecting the back-button functionality. This was fixed in time for the release of 1.1.6.

A lingering issue was related to Full Screen background images, which hopefully has been resolved. Depending on the theme, the background images could potentially be moved “out of sight”, and thus give the impression Background Manager did not work. This was due to a positioning error.

Also, under certain circumstances, the natural image width and height could not be obtained. This was required to calculate the image ratio and positioning, which at times resulted in a width or height of zero, thus invisible. A different method for obtaining the natural width and heigh has been implemented, based on the browser’s capabilities.

Finally, a bug corrected as part of the development process, was a related to how Background Manager filtered the Media Library functions. It caused some issues with adding new images to the Image Set.

On to the next version!

Edit: Version has been released as a hot-fix to some reported issues of screen elements “missing”.


  1. mr554
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM  |  reply

    Can I choose different background for different screen/browser resolution?

    • posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM  |  reply

      It will automatically scale the background image depending on the browser resolution.

  2. CindyS
    posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM  |  reply

    Hi, i love this plug in! So easy to install and the client loves it. One issue I’ve found is the image isn’t loading on my Contact page. I’ve got a Contact Form 7 plugin shortcode on the page, which I’ve removed to troubleshoot and it’s not that. Nothing else extraordinary on that page. Any reason why the background set won’t load on this one page?
    Thanks again!

    • posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM  |  reply

      Hi! That’s a little odd. But if you edit the page in question, you should have a “Background” box underneath the text editor, providing you the option to specifically select an Image Set, as well as an overlay and background color – give this a try. And if that box isn’t showing, ensure that it is available by clicking the “Screen Options” tab in the upper-right corner, and ticking/checking the “Background” box.

      • CindyS
        posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 5:20 AM  |  reply

        Yes, it’s very mysterious indeed. I tried checking the options in the “Background box”. I created a new page and it gets even stranger – it works as long as the page title doesn’t include the word “Contact”. Have you ever heard of this before? It seems it makes WP go haywire too as the WP admin menu at the top disappears too when it’s named “Contact”. Bermuda Triangle?!

        • posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM  |  reply

          I haven’t head of this before, no. Very strange. But I’ve looked at the links you’ve provided, and on the page that doesn’t show the background, scroll all the way down to the bottom where you’ll see the following:

          Call to undefined function selfURL() in /home/content/c/i/n/c...

          This is an error within the theme, apparently. But it stops the rest from the page from rendering, including a bit of Javascript that Background Manager uses. So that’s why it isn’t showing up.

          Now as to why the theme decides to cause this error only on this page, I don’t know and you’d have to contact the theme’s author or dig into the file that gives the error if you wish.

          • CindyS
            posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM  |  

            OK Thanks….I found a piece of PHP code in the theme files that I removed and the background works now. So strange that it would work as long as the page title did not contain the word “contact”. Mysterious…..

  3. posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 8:58 PM  |  reply

    I have Wissam’s same problem. What is the solution?

  4. DJ
    posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM  |  reply

    Love this plugin and I’m so happy to find it (finally), but I’m having a problem setting it up the way I need it to work.

    I have 2 image sets, one is for changing backgrounds and the other is a static image. I want the static image displayed on the archive page and the home page (which is dynamically created by widgets). And I want the changing backgrounds on all the other pages.

    I have reset and re-saved the settings numerous times for both image sets, but only one image set and settings will ever operate. Not both on their respective pages at the same time. I have also changed the settings to the proper background image sets on the specific pages.

    Is there a way to set up what I want? Or have I misunderstood something?

    Thank you for your help.


    • posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM  |  reply

      You would need an Image Set with just one image for the archive an home page, which will be set as the default Image Set under Appearance -> Settings. For the remainder pages, you would need to provide either a category or a specific tag for the posts/pages. These you can then override using any other Image Set you’ve created.

      • DJ
        posted on Mar 01, 2013 at 8:14 PM  |  reply

        I am still having some issues with these image sets.

        I have acquired a tagging plugin for Pages and set up a tag for the override, but even with the tag, the changing background image set still isn’t working. I have to use the static image as the default image set because I want it on the Home page and the Home page is built with widgets, meaning I can’t go to that page to select or override the image set. And I’m not using posts, so I can’t set this up with Categories. I am only using pages.

        Thanks. Any help is appreciated.


  5. Alcatraz Alvarez
    posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM  |  reply

    Hi Myatu!
    First of all, THANKS for this plugin, its a wonderful tool. I’ve already used it in one of my sites and makes it look just great. In the other site, I have some issues that I hope U to help with it. I have this theme ( and when I activate your plugin, the background just turn to white. I’ve tried to solve this with some settings directly on the background theme, like deleting the background image, disabling the background color and nothing seem to work. Any clue?

    • posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM  |  reply

      Hi! Do you have a URL for your site with the plugin active? That would be better for me to figure out what’s going on, as there are several things that can cause it to not work properly.

  6. Mike
    posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM  |  reply

    Hey Myatu,
    thank you for that realy helpfull Plugin!
    One Question: I cant find a way, to change the background on the archives Page.
    I could change it for the Kategory News for Example, but when the Visitor is klicking on the Archiv, he cant see any backgrounds. I also couldnt find an option to edit the archives Background. Would u please help me :-)

    • Mike
      posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM  |  reply

      I could find the solution by myself.
      If anyone like to know – just open the image at the image set of Background Manager u like to have at the Achive Page and klick the Kategory at the right site. :-)

  7. Pam
    posted on Jan 09, 2013 at 10:32 PM  |  reply

    How do we down load the latest version? The only download is 1.1.11. Thanks.

  8. posted on Nov 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM  |  reply

    I just updated the plugin on the site and now only the default background is showing up… This section should have a complete different background … … all is configured correctly, but now the image sets will not show at all.

    • posted on Nov 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM  |  reply

      It seems that when I turned off the plugin and then turned it back on only the default image set is now working.

  9. owner
    posted on Nov 06, 2012 at 12:09 AM  |  reply

    After much research, I was so pleased to come across your Background Manager – it works, and works very well – even on the most complicated / premium themes :)

  10. Ricardo
    posted on Oct 05, 2012 at 10:40 AM  |  reply

    Using your latest version. Sometimes, I´m getting a ratio distortion of the background images on my website.
    I can send you, by email, the URL if you want.

    Nice Work! Thanks.

  11. thomas
    posted on Oct 02, 2012 at 3:26 PM  |  reply

    i’ve a small problem.
    Can’t find the way to link post category to a certain set of backgrounds….
    i uploaded a set for each category, but only one seems to wrok correctly, others don’t get the links with the category

  12. posted on Aug 09, 2012 at 7:14 PM  |  reply

    I am not able to activate the PlugIn , i get fatal error:

    Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.
    Restriced Access.
    I have latest version of WordPress 3.4.1 and PHP 5.3

    • posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM  |  reply

      Hi, this sounds like a configuration error with the web server :(

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