What is a favicon?
Favicons are those little images which tell you what website each tab of your browser is open on. The G in a circle for Google, B in a round cornered square for Blogger, W in a square for Wikipedia and so on. Favicon itself is short for 'favourite icon', and the concept has been about since the dark ages of the internet. (1999 to you and me.)
|Some well known favicons.|
Why should I get a custom favicon?
It's all about branding. Why advertise your blogging platform when you could be advertising your own blog?
How do I get one?
The good news is that creating your own favicon is super simple. The hard part is thinking of a logo that represents your blog, and looks good in the tiny 16 x 16 pixel format of the finished product. I decided to go with a blue B in the pacifico font, as used on my blog banner, and quickly made up a .jpg file with picmonkey.
Once you have your image, you can use an online tool like this one to convert it into a .ico file.
Next you need to upload it. If you're on Blogger, just go into your dashboard, click 'layout', and the favicon box is the first on the page. Click 'edit' and you'll be able to upload your new favicon.
|Here you can see my new favicon, all uploaded.|
If you're on WordPress 4.3 you need to go to 'appearance', then 'customize', then 'site identity'. You'll then have the option to upload a 'site icon'. If you're on WordPress 4.2 or below, things are slightly more awkward. You can either use a favicon plugin, or you'll need to upload your favicon into root directory (i.e. main folder). Then you need to add some code to your header, like this:
|Credit: www.wpbeginner.com - when you type it in, switch out their web address for your own.|
Now you're ready to show off your new favicon to the world! :)