Since I know that I have other friends who use WordPress on their own domain, I thought I would share what I learned about creating and displaying a favicon in the address bar. Favicon is short for favorite icon and it’s what you call the little tree up by my url.
It’s simple enough to create your own favicon. Just find an image that you like on your computer. I think a simple clipart with bright colors shows up best since it’s going to be SO small.
Use the tool on this webpage to resize your image and save it as favicon.ico. (Just follow the instructions on the page.) Once you generate your favicon, just make sure that you download the favicon.ico.
Upload that to your blog’s Media Library.
Click the image in your media library to find its File URL. Go ahead and copy that url into notepad. Mine was http://nancyrcarter.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/favicon.ico.
Now, download the WordPress/MU Favicon plugin and activate it.That’s not too hard, is it?
But here’s where it got a little tricky for me.
You have to go into your Plugins Editor and (gasp!) mess with some code. I always save a copy of the code before I start messing with anything that way if I mess things up, at least I can go back to the original code.
So when you click into the Editor, you’ll have to select the WordPress/MU Favicon and then you’ll look for the code that looks like this:
Click on update file at the bottom of the page, and that’s it. Your favicon should be proudly displayed in your address bar for all the world to see.
If you are using another blogging platform, I don’t have a clue how to get your favicon to show up. I’d just suggest that you google, “How do I upload a favicon on my . . . ” and see if you can find instructions online. I’m not really a techy so I can’t help you beyond these simple instructions.
Oh, and if any of you can help ME figure out how to make my favicon show up in other people’s feedreaders, I’d appreciate the help. As I was googling for information, I saw something that explained that I needed to make sure that my image was loaded on my site as http://nancyrcarter.com/favicon.ico, but I don’t have a clue how to do that. I upload everything through wordpress.
Thanks, y’all. Hope this might help some of you!