One of our readers recently asked us how to add a parallax effect to any WordPress theme. The parallax effect is a web design trend in which the background image scrolls faster than the foreground content. We’ll show you how to easily add a parallax effect to any WordPress theme in this article.

What exactly is the Parallax Effect?

The parallax effect is a modern web design technique in which the background content scrolls slower than the foreground content. This effect gives the background images depth and makes them feel interactive.

The parallax effect can be used on a business website’s landing pages, long-form content, sales pages, or homepage. It’s a great way to draw attention to different sections of a long page.

Many premium WordPress themes include a parallax effect on the homepage. The parallax effect is also supported by the majority of WordPress page builder plugins.

Moreover, not every theme include a parallax effect by default, and then you might not need to use a page builder to create custom page layouts for a parallax effect.

Let’s see how to quickly add a parallax background effect to any WordPress theme.

Method 1: Use a Plugin to Add a Parallax Effect to Any WordPress Theme

This method does not necessitate the addition of any code to your WordPress theme. It is simpler and more recommended for the majority of users.

The first step is to install and activate the Advanced WordPress Backgrounds plugin. 

After activation, you must edit the page or post where you want the parallax effect to appear. In the visual editor, you’ll notice a new ‘Advanced WordPress Backgrounds’ button.

When you click on it, a popup window will appear where you can change the settings for the background you want to add.

To begin, choose an image as your background type and then check the ‘stretch’ box.

Then, click the ‘Select Image’ button to upload or select an image to use. Make sure you use a large image, or else it will appear pixelated.

Then you must enable parallax by selecting a parallax type. You can experiment with a variety of styles available. The scroll is the most common type of parallax effect.

To proceed, click the Insert button.

The plugin has now added a shortcode to the WordPress post editor. It will resemble the following:

[nk_awb awb_type=”image” awb_stretch=”true” awb_image=”22″

awb_image_size=”full” awb_parallax=”scroll”

awb_parallax_speed=”0.5″ awb_mouse_parallax=”true”



Your Content Is Located Here

[/nk awb]

Replace ‘Your content here’ with your own, then save your page.

You can now go to your website and see how it works.

Method 2: Use CSS to Add a Parallax Effect to Any WordPress Theme

This method necessitates a basic understanding of HTML/CSS as well as how WordPress themes function.

To begin, go to the Media » Add New page in your WordPress media library and upload the image you want to use for the parallax effect.

After uploading the image, copy the image URL by editing the image in the WordPress media library.

Next, paste the following HTML into the page or post where you want the parallax effect to appear. This HTML can also be included in your WordPress theme or child theme.

  1. <div class="parallax">

2. <div class="parallax-content">


4. Your content goes here…


6. </div>

7. </div>

Then, in your WordPress theme, add the following custom CSS.

  1. .parallax { 

2. background-image: url("");

3. height: 100%;

4. background-attachment: fixed;

5. background-position: center;

6. background-repeat: no-repeat;

7. background-size: cover;

8. margin-left:-410px;

9. margin-right:-410px;

10. }


12. .parallax-content {

13. width:50%;

14. margin:0 auto;

15. color:#FFF;

16. padding-top:50px;

17. }

Remember to replace the background image URL with the URL to your own background image.

You can now save your changes and go to your website to see how they look.

Please keep in mind that you may need to modify CSS to make it work with the layout of your site.

We hope you found this article useful in learning how to easily add a parallax effect to any WordPress theme. You might also be interested in our comprehensive list of the most popular WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks.

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