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How to Add a Favicon to Your WordPress Blog

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Favicon or Site Icon 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. 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.

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.

You can ask your users to add your site to their homescreen on mobile devices. Your site icon or favicon is also used when a user adds your site to their homescreen on a mobile device.

Site icon displayed as the app icon on the homescreen of a mobile device

How to Create a Favicon

You can use your brand’s logo as your site icon or favicon. The recommended size for your site icon image is at least 512 pixels in both width and height. The site icon image should be a square, you can use a larger rectangular image and WordPress will allow you to crop the image when you add it.

Creating a site icon for your WordPress blog using Adobe Photoshop

We recommend using an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop or Gimp to create a site icon of exactly 512×512 pixels. This way you can maintain exact proportions for your image. You can use transparent image or fill the image with a background color of your choice. This image could be in png, jpeg, or gif format.

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Adding Your Site Icon or Favicon in WordPress

Since WordPress 4.3, you can add a favicon or site icon from WordPress admin area. Simply go to Appearance » Customize and click on the ‘Site Identity’ tab.

Site identity in Customizer

The site identity section in the WordPress theme customizer allows you to change the site title, description, and control whether or not you want to display them in the header.

It also allows you to upload your site icon. Simply click on the select file button and then upload the image you want to use as site icon.

Adding site icon and favicon in WordPress

If the image you are uploading exceeds recommended size, then WordPress will allow you to crop it. If it matches the recommended size exactly, then you can just save your changes.

That’s all you can now preview your site and see your favicon in action. You can also visit your site on a mobile device and then from the browser menu select “Add to homescreen’. You will notice that your site icon will appear on the homescreen.

Pro Tip: if you’re trying to customize the SEO title that shows up next to the favicon, then you will need the free All in One SEO plugin. For more details, see our guide on how to install and set up AIOSEO.

Adding Favicon to Older WordPress (4.2 or below)

If you’re using an older version of WordPress or want to learn how to upload your favicon manually, then this step is for you.

First, you need add the favicon file to your website’s root directory using FTP or your WordPress hosting file manager.

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" />

Make sure to replace with your site’s URL, and you are good to go.

If your theme does not have a header.php file, or you cannot find it, then don’t worry, we have a plugin for you. Simply install and activate the free 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 to 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. You may also want to see our ultimate WordPress SEO guide to improve your rankings or see our expert pick of the must have WordPress plugins to grow your website.

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  1. Why does it need to be 512 pixels for an icon? I’m hoping it’s converted somewhere inside WordPress, once and done, and not on every load. 512×512 is crazy for something that would very rarely be bigger than 32X32, unless I am missing something?

  2. Article not useful. Everyone tells you to make a path to your favicon & that’s it.

    However do you include http: www http do you specify .ico .png?
    Nobody says anything in detail.

  3. Using WP4.7 and the Site Icon functionality works, but it just seems off to me. The result is 4 links in the section:

    But it creates 10 different versions of the site icon image in addition to the original at sizes of 32×32, 100×100, 150×150, 180×180, 192×192, 250×250, 270×270, 300×300, 360×360, 500×310.

    Why so many cropped images if only 4 linked to?

    Also, I submit an icon image sized 512×512 as recommended, but the 500×310 version is always cropped so the top and bottom of the icon is cut off. Is there any way around this and/or is it a big deal?

    What browser support does this WP Site Icon cover (mostly in respect to how far back in IE)?


  4. In Whatsapp, the image which appears left to a link address if you send a link: is that the same icon? Because I don’t see it there.

  5. The ICO Format plugin for Adobe Photoshop does not allow images more than 256 pixels high or wide. So how do you create one that’s 512px???

    • It doesn’t need to be made an .ico. Just a plain .png or .lpg will do when you work in WordPress.

  6. Kindly tell me any website or a software from where I can make an effective favicon for my site in a quick time????

  7. Thank you for another simple to follow tutorial. I’m a true beginner and y’all do a great job explaining things in a way I can understand.

  8. how come my side identity menu doesn’t have the service for site icon? I am so frustrated… can you help ?

  9. Are the instructions you give here theme-specific? I’m using the Delicacy theme, and it doesn’t give me that option to alter Site Identity and insert a Favicon.

      • Hi There, I also don’t see the site identity tab, I am using the sketch theme, how do I update a theme?

        Thanks in advance, Malcs

        • i may go to theme custimztion..there u see the option of uploading the favicon icon easliy…

    • You might not see the word “favicon” probably site icon. If you see a scrow bar you might have to scrow all the way down to see the select image box.

    • You can add favicon by WordPress’ “Costumize” editor, which can be found in every wordpress site.

  10. I upload a PNG file that is exactly 512×512 pixels, WordPress saves it, and then I end up with a cropped image in my media library. Super annoying! WordPress 4.4.

    • I should add that the new, cropped image is exactly the same dimensions as the original I uploaded, but now I have two in my library (albeit one has been processed twice, and has actually increased two kilobytes in file size!).

  11. I have gone through the directory, exactly as you described, but my Site Identity tab only has “Site Title”, “Tagline”, and a checkbox for displaying header text. How can I fix that? Or do I have to go the FTP route?

    Thanks for the help!

  12. Doesn’t work. When I got to Customize > Site Identity, the site icon option doesn’t show up – it only says “Site Title” and “Tagline”.

  13. I added a 512×512 pixel jog image via Site Identity / Site Icon. The image appears just fine there. But the image does not appear as a favicon in any browser (Firefox, IE, or Chrome).

  14. I’ve done all the steps. The image shoes in the customiser but not on the site on any platform…iphone or on my iMac in any of the browsers. Is there a specific file type?

  15. Is this option to alter Site Identity and add the Favicon theme-specific? I don’t have that in my self-hosted site.

  16. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your article. I had quit trying to figure out how to upload my favicon in the past because it felt impossible. But recently, I felt the need to take another stab at it. You made it so easy! I can’t recall it being this easy to upload before.

    Thank you!

  17. Hello!

    I have a question, recently, I’ve used the plugin All in One Favicon. I uploaded my picture but it doesn’t show up if I’m not logged into WordPress, it just keeps on showing the HostGator favicon (regular), can anyone help?

  18. Here’s a stupid question: Why do they make it so complicated? This should be something that you can do in a couple clicks, like adding an image to a blog post.

  19. I have a logo which I want to use. Is that possible? It is not in a square format at this point, but can be. How do I do that? Can I “create” one in iPhoto (on a Mac)? Where would I do that in iPhoto, and how? I have one on my dashboard now. Can I drag that somewhere? How do I save it as a PNG file? Where do I do that?

    This is a nice general site to understand what a favicon is, but not on how to do it.

    • Hi Bert, I’m still feeling my way around this process myself but I am ok up to the point you are trying to reach. Creating your own or editing an existing logo to make it fit can be done in a program like Photoshop. Remember to go to New file, and set the size to 16×16 pixels. Import your image to this and reduce it to fit. If you don’t have Photoshop or any other image editing software you can go to where the instructions are easy to follow. I’m sure it doesn’t necessarily have to be a PNG file. But it does have to be an .icon which the Favicon site will convert for you from the original .jpeg you uploaded. Because I have Photoshop when I clicked on the Edit button in iPhoto it automatically opened Photoshop. See what it does when you do it on your system. It may open an alternative editing method. Hope that helps. I know what it’s like as a beginner.

  20. Thanks man.. your site has been useful to me and also your videos on youtube. am still working on my site.. you can have a look.

  21. thanks this is what i am looking for, but how can i add site logo. has option to add site logo but i cannot find it in self hosted wordpress cms

  22. Thank you, this kept it simple and gives me a way to use this. Now, question: This will show a favicon for every page correct? What if I want a different one for each page? :)

  23. I managed to add the favicon without the background image. But when I move to another tab on the browser, the background image shows up. For example- if you look up the favicon is perfect. But, when you are on another tab, you will the white background show up. Any advice would be highly appreciated! Thank you!

  24. Simply add this line in your header.php at any where before tag.

    and upload favicon.ico to root folder of your website. Root folder where your wp installed, do not upload favicon.ico to sub folders. Refresh your browser one or two times your ico will appear on tab.

  25. 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.

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

    But I prefer 128×128 favicons…. like Google


  27. 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..

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

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

  30. 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! :)


  31. 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 :)

    • 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.

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