I read an article awhile ago on the common mistakes that newbie bloggers make. Most of them I’d already gotten past, but there was one that caught my eye… not creating your own personalized favicon for your blog. In case you don’t know what a favicon is (I didn’t), it’s the tiny little picture that appears at the top of your web browser page when you’re viewing a particular website. These have been around for ages, but I didn’t realize that they had their own name. Apparently they do. Favicon. (Although I continually type “flavicon” and I don’t know why!)
I knew that one of my blog themes (the Christmas one, I think) had automatically changed the little picture once upon a time, but I did’t realize that I could change it on my own. Then I read that article and thought “I should do that!”… And I promptly forgot about it until I saw a tweet come out a few days ago that mentioned changing your favicon.
So I started looking into it again. I found a few websites that told me how to do it. Choose a picture, run it through a website program that changed it to an .ico file, FTP the new file to my WordPress server, launch the site editor, open the Header.php file, past a link in there with the location of the new .ico file included… confused yet? Yeah, then at the end of the article it said “Or you could use a WordPress plug like this…”
Why hadn’t they told me that IN THE BEGINNING???
So I did a search for favicon plugins, and lookie there… there are several of them! I chose one called Favicon Rotator, which is a piece of cake to use! It takes any picture and turns it into a favicon file and uploads it to where it needs to be. It’s that easy. Not only that… but you can upload multiple favicons, and it will display them randomly whenever someone goes to the blog. I like that!
If you have a WordPress blog and are looking to customize it a little bit, I recommend installing a favicon manager. As I said, there are several to choose from, and you don’t need to use Favicon Rotator. If you do try it out (or any plugin) let me know how you make out with it!