You have definitely heard favicon before. Have you ever thought about what exactly is favicon? Why does it matter? How can you change your website’s favicon?
Favicons are small images that are displayed in your browser next to the URL. By changing your WordPress favicon you are making your business/website more personalized. On the other hand, images stay longer in our minds. For example, imagine you have many tabs open in your browser, how can you locate a specific website that you are looking for? With favicon, users can easily locate their desired website. Every website can have a favicon. You just need to make few changes, save and upload your picture. In this article, we will discuss how to change WordPress favicon and how to add favicon via plugins.
What is favicon? Why do we have to change it?
Favorite icon or favicon for short is a small image displayed along with your URL in a web browser. Not only you are able to see these images in your browsers you can also see them if you head over to your bookmarked websites. As mentioned above, not only they allow you to personalize your website, they also make your website stand out. In addition, when a user shortcuts a website on their phone, the favicon will be shown on their home screen. Favicon is a small image, usually saved as Favicon.ico in your hosting directory.
How to create a favicon?
To make favicon you can use Photoshop, Illustrator and etc. These applications enable you to make the perfect favicon with precise pixels. Usually, a favicon is your business logo. First, you need to design your desired logo in 512 pixels and then save it with either .jpg, .gif or .png; don’t forget that favicon is a square image. Also, WordPress will automatically resize your image to either 32*32 or 16*16.
Adding favicon to WordPress with WordPress Customizer
After update 4.3, WordPress allows its users to change the favicon in the admin dashboard. The first step is to log in to your WordPress dashboard, find “Appearance” and click on “Customize”.
Once you are there click on “Site Identify”. This section allows you to change your website title that is displayed in browsers. In addition, you can add or change your WordPress favicon. Under “Site Icon” click on “Select File” so you can upload your desired favicon. After uploading the image you can crop it to make it look better. Finally, click on “Save and Publish”.
Adding favicon to WordPress using a plugin
Other than the fact that in many themes (version 4.3 and above) you can add your favicon, you can also use plugins to change WordPress favicon. This method is considered the easiest way to add the favicon to your WordPress website.
Fortunately, there are many plugins that allow you to add a favicon. You just need to search and download them from the official WordPress plugin store. Here are some plugins that we recommend:
Favicon by RealFaviconGenerator
The RealFaviconGenerator plugin allows you to upload your WordPress favicon or create one based on WordPress’ size restriction.
The Favicon Rotator plugin allows you to select multiple images and schedule which image to be displayed.
All in One favicon
The All in One Favicon plugin allows you to upload WordPress favicon to your website, also it supports a variety of formats (.gif, .png, .jpg and even Apple Touch).