Have you ever noticed the small images that sit next to a website’s name in a bookmark list or on the tabs at the top of your web browser? I have but I had no idea what they were called or how to get one for this website. So I Googled “What is the picture next to web address.” The websites in the results all used the term favicon. They also said that you just had to upload something to a root directory. While I want to be technically savvy, this was way beyond my comfort level.
Next I did a Google search for “favicon wordpress.” The results included more instructions how to add code to the website. Again, not very comfortable with this idea. I noticed at the bottom of the search a related search suggestion for “favicon wordpress plugin.” I got excited!
I have a bunch of plugins already added to my website. A plugin is a tool that will add a function you want accomplished. For instance, I have plugins for creating a backup of my website, website analytics, blocking spam, and an option to send each blog post to you as an email.
I found there were lots of options for favicon plugins available through WordPress. Installation was fast and easy. The favicon plugin pointed me to a favicon generator where the fun began. You get to create an image by uploading an image and using the generator to turn it into a favicon or use the editor to create an image that is 16 pixels by 16 pixels. I went with door number two. Once I created the image, the plugin uploaded it and like magic it appeared.
Take a look for yourself – the little tree next to my website name in the tab of your browser. The tree is an up arrow with multi-color green leaves.
A huge THANK YOU to the real tech genius brains out there for providing a tool to make me feel like one too!