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This is another post brought to you by the ultra-helpful Matt of The Athlete’s Plate
While I was setting up Heather’s self hosted blog the other week, she asked me to add in “the little symbol for her blog that is displayed in the tab.”
Call me stupid, but I had no idea what that was. I didn’t even know the term “favicon” existed.
After a quick Google search, it didn’t take long to figure out how to implement one.
A favicon (short for “favorites icon”) is an icon associated with a website or webpage intended to be used when you bookmark the web page. Web browsers use them in the URL bar, on tabs, and elsewhere to help identify a website visually.
A favicon is typically a graphic 16 x 16 pixels square and is saved as favicon.ico in the root directory of your server. You can use a favicon with any WordPress blog on a web server that allows access to the root directories.
- With an FTP Client, upload the new favicon.ico file into your current theme’s main folder. You’ll also need to upload a copy to the main directory of your site. This is the way I did it, but…
- You can use a simple plugin. It takes about three minutes.
Since most of you are probably unfamiliar with uploading files via FTP (file transfer protocol), I’ll show you an easier way to do it. If you do want to upload it via FTP, send me an email and hopefully I can help.
For the step by step directions on how to create and install your favicon, click here to see Matt’s full instructions.