As a web developer, I know that every detail counts when it comes to creating a professional-looking website. One detail that often gets overlooked is the favicon. In this guide, we’ll explain what a favicon is, the history behind it, and how to add one to your WordPress website.

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What is a Favicon?

A favicon, short for “favorite icon,” is a small icon that appears in the browser tab of a website. It is also used as an icon in bookmarks and on mobile device home screens. A favicon helps to identify your website and make it more recognizable to visitors.

History of the Favicon

The favicon was first introduced by Microsoft in Internet Explorer 5 in 1999. It was initially called a “shortcut icon” and was used to designate a website’s bookmark icon. In 2003, the favicon was standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and given the name “favicon.”

Since then, the favicon has become a standard feature of web design, and many websites use custom favicons to enhance their branding and make their site more memorable.

Adding a Favicon to WordPress

Adding a favicon to your WordPress website is a simple process. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Create Your Favicon

The first step is to create your favicon. You can use an existing image or create a new one that is 16×16 pixels or 32×32 pixels in size. You can use a graphic design tool like Adobe Photoshop or Canva to create your favicon.

Step 2: Save Your Favicon

Once you have created your favicon, save it as a .ico file. You can use an online converter like ConvertICO or IcoConverter to convert your image to a .ico file.

Does the favicon need to be a .ico file? can it be png or jpeg?
While the standard file format for favicons is .ico, it is also possible to use other image formats such as .png or .jpeg. However, it is important to note that not all browsers support these formats for favicons. Using a .ico file is still the safest and most reliable option for creating a favicon. That being said, if you choose to use a different file format, make sure to test it across different browsers and devices to ensure it is displaying properly.

Step 3: Upload Your Favicon to WordPress

Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity. Click on “Select Image” under the “Site Icon” section and upload your .ico file.

Step 4: Preview Your Favicon

Once you have uploaded your favicon, you will see a preview of it in the Site Identity section. Click “Publish” to save your changes.

Step 5: Clear Your Browser Cache

After adding your favicon to WordPress, clear your browser cache to see the new favicon. You may need to wait a few minutes for the new favicon to appear.

Adding a favicon to your WordPress website is a simple and easy way to enhance your branding and make your site more memorable. With the right tools and steps, you can create a custom favicon and add it to your site in just a few minutes. Follow this guide to add a favicon to your WordPress website and give it a professional and polished look.

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