What is that little icon on the url? Favicon

Web browsers display Favicon (short for favorite icon) in three places:

  1. next to the URL in the address bar
  2. next to the website’s name in a list of bookmarks
  3. next to the page title in those browsers that have tabbed browsing

Having your own favicon is a good way to get your website visitors’ attention. It also has a subtle role in building the brand on their website. There are many ways to do it, but here is the easiest.

Method 1: Manually add it

  • Create a 16×16 image. If you want transparency, use the PNG or GIF format.
  • Convert your image to .ico format using a free service such as favicon.cc. The filename must be favicon.ico.
  • Upload the new icon to http://www.yourdomain.com/favicon.ico . For finer control, use the code above to specify favicons on a page-by-page basis.

Method 2: If you are using WordPress plugin, my favorite is Captain Favicon. Goto your WordPress’s dashboard, plugin -> Add plugin and search for Captain Favicon. Here is a screenshot of the simplicity of this plugin.


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