As I sit here typing this, I have three different browsers open with at least 10 different tabs up in each one (and that’s being conservative). Luckily, I have no problem opening up the right tab each and every time thanks to the Web’s unsung hero – the favicon.
For those who aren’t familiar with the term, favicons are small 16x16 pixel icons associated with a particular website (or page) that show up primarily next to the URL in the address bar, next to the page name in a browser tab and/or next to the page’s name in a bookmark list. For instance, if you look up at this tab or next to this page’s URL in your address bar (depending on what browser you’re using), you’ll see a tiny version of our classic “WM” icon that indicates that you are, in fact, on a WebsiteMagazine.com page.
If you’re the proud owner of a WordPress website, it’s probably a good idea for you to have your own favicon(s) that can help users identify your site and ensure that they’re in the right place, while also building your brand and making it easier for visitors to come back in the process.
However, it’s safe to say that favicons probably aren’t top of mind for busy individuals trying to get a website off the ground. To simplify favicon creation for your WordPress site, check out these three great plugins that can do the job for you:
Shockingly Simple Favicon
This plugin changes the favicon of a WordPress blog without requiring users to edit their theme files. It will also put a WP icon in the administration interface, making it easy to find the tab in a browser. And fortunately for those of us who aren’t code-savvy, the changes are all fixed, so you won’t have to go back and alter them if/when you change your blog’s theme.
All in One Favicon
Users can either use favicons that they’ve already uploaded or upload a new favicon into their WordPress installation with a built-in upload mechanism to add a favicon to their site and admin pages. All in One Favicon supports three different favicon types: .ico, .png and .gif, which includes animated images. It also supports Apple Touch icons.
With support for .jpg/.jpeg, .gif and .png images, Favicon Generator allows users to upload an image. Then it will automatically convert that image into a unique favicon-formatted file. This file will then be placed in the user’s WordPress root dictionary, and the plugin will add a link tag to the HTML output.