Add WordPress Favicon To Your Site
The little icons that appear next to website names in browser tabs are known as favicons. While your WordPress favicon started there, it’s also utilized in other places like browser bookmarks, iOS home screen buttons, and more.
As a result, it’s a crucial aspect of your brand. When used appropriately, your favicon, also known as a “site icon,” can assist users in quickly recognizing your company. It can help with brand recognition and possibly improve the user experience on the site (UX).
The advantages of employing a favicon in a WordPress site will be discussed in this post. Then we’ll show you how to make one and walk you through three simple ways to incorporate it into your website.
Finally, we’ll go through some WordPress favicon best practices and advice. Let’s get this party started!
Contents Table of Contents
The Benefits of Using a WordPress Favicon
How to Make a Favicon for Your WordPress Website (3 Easy Options)
Additional WordPress Favicon Useful Hints
What Are the Advantages of Using a WordPress Favicon?
If you’ve ever had too many tabs open at once (guilty! ), you’ll understand how beneficial a favicon can be. When consumers have many tabs open in their browser, a favicon helps them instantly identify your website:
In the Chrome browser, the Kinsta favicon
Your site’s title may not always be visible depending on the number of open tabs. As a result, including a favicon can help improve the user experience for your visitors.
Using a WordPress favicon can help your site appear more professional and respectable, in addition to increasing brand recognition. As a result, client trust may improve.
Furthermore, if someone saves your website to their mobile device’s home screen, your favicon will appear as the icon. Using your brand’s emblem or related artwork might help to make your site more recognizable and help to create a more coherent appearance.
Meet the favicon, which is the small icon that appears next to a website’s name in a browser tab. It’s crucial for branding, and it’s simple to make with the help of this guide!
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How to Create a WordPress Favicon?
Feel free to skip to the following phase if you already have a favicon (most firms use their logo or a variation of it). Otherwise, let’s have a look at how to make your favicon.
You had to utilize a specific ICO file for your favicon in the past. However, all current browsers now allow you to use ICO, PNG, and GIF files as your favicon. JPEG is also extensively accepted (see JPG vs JPEG), although not in all versions of Internet Explorer, making it less suitable for favicon use.
If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you can create a favicon by hand. However, creating a favicon icon set from an existing image is often easier with a simple cloud-based tool.
RealFaviconGenerator (the plugin’s cloud-based version, which we’ll talk about later) is a wonderful option because:
It can also make app icons.
It offers PNG and ICO versions of favicon icons.
After you’ve uploaded your image, you may customize your favicon.
All you have to do is copy and paste the code provided by the plugin.
The following are some other handy favicon generators:
Favicon.cc, which allows you to make your own favicon or upload an existing one.
Favicon Generator is a tool that works in a similar way to RealFaviconGenerator.
To utilize RealFaviconGenerator, first select your Favicon image by clicking on Select your Favicon image:
realfavicongenerator.com is a website that generates favicons for you.
Using RealFaviconGenerator to upload a favicon source image
On the next screen, you can customize your favicon set’s specific specifications (if desired). When you’re done, go to the bottom of the page and click Generate your Favicons and HTML code:
generator of favicons
RealFaviconGenerator’s Favicon Generator Options screen.
To get your favicon images, go to the next page and select Favicon package:
the favicon package should be installed
The download screen for the Favicon package
If you want to manually add the favicon to your site, keep this page open.
How to Make a Favicon for WordPress
Before designing your favicon, there are a few design and formatting tips worth discussing and reviewing. The most important thing to remember is that favicons should be 512×512 pixels in size.
Although your WordPress favicon will be a perfect square, you can crop a rectangle image before or after submitting it to WordPress. If you add site icons using the Customizer (which we’ll walk you through momentarily), WordPress has built-in cropping functionality.
It’s also worth noting that your favicon will be shown as a 1616 px square. As a result, you’ll want to select an image that will look excellent when reduced to those dimensions. It should have a height and width of at least 512 pixels, even though it will display at that size.
Finally, it’s a good idea to go through some of the Google Guidelines for favicon creation and usage. This will ensure that your symbol appears in search engines and browser tabs in the best possible way.
How to Add a WordPress Favicon to Your Website (3 Easy Options)
You’re now ready to upload your favicon to your WordPress site. Let’s have a look at three different approaches you can take.
1. Uploading Your Favicon Using the WordPress Customizer
All WordPress sites now contain a site icon function, which makes it simple to upload and crop an image for use as a favicon, as of WordPress 4.3. This is the simplest and fastest technique for most users to add a favicon icon to WordPress.
All you’ll need is an image with a minimum resolution of 512512 pixels. The rest of the procedure will be handled by WordPress. Go to Appearance Customize in your WordPress dashboard to get started:
WordPress favicon: wordpress appearance customization
The WordPress Appearance menu
Navigate to the Site Identity tab from there:
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WordPress favicon is a symbol that represents the identity of a website.
The WordPress Customizer’s ‘Site Identity’ option
Next, look for the Site Icon section at the bottom and click the Select site icon button:
choose a site icon
The WordPress Customizer’s’select site icon’ button
The WordPress Media Library will open in its default state. You have the option of using an existing image from your Media Library or creating a new one. Make sure the package you obtained from RealFaviconGenerator is unzipped if you used it to create your favicon.
Once you’ve found an image you like, right-click it and select Select from the drop-down menu:
Choose a favicon for your WordPress site.
In WordPress, you can choose your favicon image.
On the next screen, if your image isn’t already a perfect square (e.g. 512512 px), WordPress will allow you to crop it.
Use the box to draw a box around the part of the image you wish to use for your icon. On the right side of the interface, you can see a preview of how your cropped image will look.
When you’re satisfied with how things look, click Crop Image to complete your selection:
WordPress favicon image cropped
Cropping your favicon in WordPress That’s all there is to it! To make your favicon active, all you have to do is pick Save & Publish. You can return to this interface at any time in the future to alter your favicon.
2. Adding Your WordPress Favicon Using a Plugin
If you’d rather utilize a plugin than the default WordPress site icon capabilities, Favicon by RealFaviconGenerator is a popular free plugin (the cloud-based tool we discussed earlier).
This plugin is as easy to use as WordPress’s native Customizer. It does, however, provide more device and app icon compatibility options. To use it, go to your WordPress dashboard and install and activate the free plugin:
the favicon plugin should be installed
WordPress plugin RealFaviconGenerator’s Favicon
To build your favicon set, go to Appearance Favicon after you’ve activated the plugin. All you have to do is choose or upload an image with a resolution of at least 7070 pixels (preferably 260260 pixels):
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The screen when utilizing a plugin to add a favicon to WordPress.
Select your image and then click Generate favicon. When you click that button, the plugin will transport you to the RealFaviconGenerator website, which is separate from your WordPress site.
Scroll down to Generate your Favicons and HTML code at the bottom of the page (see the previous section). Real Favicon Generator will take you back to your WordPress dashboard while it works:
favicon is now installed
This is the screen where you can see how your WordPress favicon will look.
Your favicon will then be created and ready to use. In the plugin’s interface, you can see how it will look on different devices.
3. Using FTP to manually upload your favicon
If your host has cPanel, you can add a favicon to your WordPress site using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or File Manager if you want to do things manually.
You’ll also need to make your own favicon image if you use this strategy. Follow the methods given earlier in this essay to accomplish this.
We’ll utilize the package we developed and downloaded from RealFaviconGenerator for this demonstration, but the procedures still apply if you used a different program to build your favicon.
You’ll need to do the following to manually add a WordPress favicon to your website:
Use an FTP program or the File Manager in your hosting cPanel to access your site’s files.
Locate your site’s root directory and upload the contents of your favicon package there (favicons.zip)
The files should be located in the same directory as your wp-admin and wp-content directories. Take the code RealFaviconGenerator gave you before and do one of the following:
To add it to your theme’s header, use a plugin like Insert Headers and Footers.
By changing your theme’s header.php file, paste it right into the head> section of your theme.
It’s best to utilize the Insert Headers and Footers plugin because it ensures you won’t lose your favicon if you switch WordPress themes later.
Install and activate Insert Headers and Footers to do so. Then go to Insert Headers and Footers in Settings and enter the following code into the Scripts in Header section:
plugin for inserting headers
Using the Insert Headers and Footers plugin to add favicon code Make careful to save your modifications. Then you’re finished!
Additional WordPress Favicon Useful Hints
The simplest approach to ensure that each site in your multisite network has its own favicon is to install a favicon plugin like the one mentioned above. While you can enable distinct favicons for each network site by editing your theme’s files, this is much more difficult than utilizing a plugin.
To serve your favicon images, you might want to use a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Your favicon images are all stored on your server using the three approaches we outlined in this post. However, using a CDN to deliver those pictures will help you optimize your site even more.
Visitors’ browsers will load your favicon from your CDN instead of your site’s server if you use Cloudflare or a service like KeyCDN. If you’re using CDN Enabler, your WordPress favicon URL should be automatically rewritten to work with the following ways.
In a browser tab, you’ll notice a small icon next to your website’s name. This is a favicon, and this guide will show you how to make one.
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A WordPress favicon can assist increase brand awareness and improve the user experience for visitors to your website. Fortunately, you have a variety of options from which to pick, making adding one straightforward.
The following are the three major methods for adding a WordPress favicon to your site:
Uploading a site icon with the WordPress Customizer.
Installing a plugin, such as RealFaviconGenerator’s Favicon.
Using an FTP client or your File Manager to manually add a favicon.
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