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How to Add a Favicon to Your WordPress Blog

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How to Add a Favicon to Your WordPress Blog

Favicon is the tiny image that appear next to your website title in the browser. It helps your users identify your website and more frequent visitors of your site will build an instant recognition for that tiny image. This increases your brand recognition and helps you build trust among your audiences. Recently in our article about most common WordPress mistakes, not adding a favicon was among the top 25. In this article, we will show you how to add a favicon to your WordPress blog.

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Why you should Add a Favicon to Your WordPress Site?

As we mentioned earlier that it establishes your website’s identity. However, it also improves your site’s usability and user experience. This image will help you understand it better:

Favicons in Browser Tabs

Most users usually have many tabs open in their browser window. This hides your website’s title as the number of tabs increase. The favicon helps user identify your website and quickly switch to the tab they want.

How to Create a Favicon

A favicon is a simple square image. Ideally, it can be 32×32 pixels or a 16×16 pixels image. Open Photoshop or another image editor and create a square image of 128×128 pixels so that you can easily work on the image. Once you have created the image you can resize it into a 32×32 pixels and save it as a PNG file.

Even though most modern browsers will display a favicon in PNG format, older versions of Internet Explorer will not. To make sure that your favicon is displayed in most browsers and devices it is recommended that you convert it to a 16×16 pixels .ico file. To convert a PNG file into .ico you can use Dynamic Drive’s favicon generator.

Adding Favicon to WordPress Site

Upload your favicon to your website’s root directory using FTP. After that you can simply paste this code into your theme’s header.php file.

<link rel="icon" href="" type="image/x-icon" />
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="" type="image/x-icon" />

Replace with your site’s URL and you are good to go. If your theme does not have a header.php file, or you can not find it, then don’t worry we have a plugin for you. Install and activate Insert Headers and Footers plugin. After activating the plugin go to Settings » Insert Headers and Footers and paste the code provided above in the header section and save your settings.

If you don’t want to deal with FTP at all, then you can also use the plugin called All in One Favicon.

We hope that this article helped you add favicon to your WordPress site. For questions and feedback you can leave a comment below or catch us on Twitter.

Editorial Staff at WPBeginner is a team of WordPress lovers led by Syed Balkhi. Page maintained by Syed Balkhi.

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  • joe

    dis noob didnt use the transparency

  • Monu Saifi

    Thanks for give the tops to add favicon icon on my blog.
    Thanks again

  • Richard

    Is there a way to install the all in one favicon plugin via my /wp-admin/ page via my browser? I’ve built everything straight through the browser, no ftp at all.

  • Lluisrd

    Great¡¡¡, Just editing only one line of (header.php) I have a favicon.

    But I prefer 128×128 favicons…. like Google


  • Kayode

    Thanks so much… I tried the insert header and footer but it didn’t work but when I tried the “All in one Favicon”, it worked.. Thanks a lot..

  • Joel Mwakasege

    Wow thank you, this one was a life savior. My blog was just on default to WordPress Icon.

  • Rahul

    What,s the difference?
    I mean why to mess with FTP,if a simple plugin is available and serving the same purpose?

    • Editorial Staff

      Because the task is so simple, it can be by avoiding a plugin. But again personal preference.

  • Kelvin Hanratty

    Is there any reason why is HAS to be 16×16, because high resolution or, dare I say it, “Retina” screens are at a higher pixel density?

    The reason I mention it, as I’ve used a site to convert a picture into a favicon and it gave me multiple sizes as options: 16, 32, 64 pixels. Does WordPress not cater for this?

    Excuse my ignorance, I’m pretty new to WordPress! :)


    • Kelvin Hanratty

      Sorry, misread the post below about bluehost. Oops!

  • Praveen Prasad

    Without uploading Plugins one can simply apply a Favicon to a Site.

    Simple Steps :-

    1) Hosting CPanel —> File Manager –>

    2) Search for the default image in the Theme folder.

    Ex- genesis/images/ favicon.ico

    Upload your .ico file to the same folder and remember the name of the default file.
    (here favicon.ico)

    I don’t think that remembering a simple filename is annoying. :)

    Then delete this file and rename the new image file with the previous file name.

    It Works :)

    • David

      Yes, this how I did that in bluehost. I’ve just overwrite the favicon.ico that was there with my image uploaded. The only thing is that the original was set at 16×16 and I had to add a similar 16×16. It didn’t take a 32×32 though but it’s fine, it worked easily.