A Quick Guide on WordPress Favicon and How to Install It

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Let’s start out with, “what’s a WordPress favicon?”

WordPress defines a favicon (short for “favorite icon”) as an icon that’s associated with a website or page and is intended to be used when you bookmark that page. In other words, the web browser connects that favicon to the URL in the browser’s bar, on tabs, in bookmark lists and elsewhere to help easily identify that site. It’s also an application icon for mobile devices.

The favicon is typically a 16 x 16-pixel square graphic and is saved in the root directory of the server as favicon.io. A WordPress favicon can be used with any WordPress site on a server that allows access to the site’s root directories.

Creating Your Very Own Favicon

A WordPress favicon can be created with GIMP or any graphics/image editing software that allows files to be saved as .ico – or with an online service that allows you to create a WordPress favicon for free. The image should be a good fit for your site’s content and audience, so bear that in mind when selecting your WordPress favicon.

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To prepare the image, crop or add space around the image to make it square. Resize it to 16 x 16 pixels, then just save as favicon.ico. It’s even easier using an online service such as Faviconer.com or Dynamic Drive – the site will walk you through the process, so just follow the instructions provided and then save the favicon.ico image to your computer.

To install your WordPress favicon, upload the new favicon.ico file to the main folder of your current theme (with an FTP client). Next, upload another copy of the favicon.ico file to your site’s main directory, which will then make sure the favicon is displayed in your subscribers’ feedreaders. For some older browsers, you might need to edit your page header via a child theme. Remember to keep a copy of the parent theme’s header.php file in the child theme. Go to your WordPress Administration Screen and click on Appearance, then click on Theme Editor. By clicking on the file called Header or header.php, you can then edit the file. Look for the line of code that starts with <link rel="shortcut icon" and ends with /favicon.ico" />. You can either overwrite this, or add this section of code below the <head> HTML tag: <link rel="shortcut icon" href="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri(); ?>/favicon.ico" />

A Word About WordPress Favicon Plugins

There are a number of plugins for adding favicons to your WordPress site, so let’s do a quick roundup:

Shockingly Simple Favicon

You can easily change the favicon of your blog with this plugin, without having to touch the theme files. In other words, if you want to change your site’s theme these changes are set so that there’s no tweaks in theme code involved.

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EZ Favicon

This simple favicon plugin allows you to upload whatever image you want, any size – the plugin then resizes it, converts it to the proper .ico file format and automatically adds the correct html code to the header.

Heroic Favicon Generator

This is another plugin that can automatically generate the favicon of your choice, either from your own images or from the plugin’s media gallery. It can even generate and support favicons for different kinds of devices.

RealFaviconGenerator

This one’s maybe the simples of all to use. Just install the plugin and go to Appearance>Favicon, select your image from the Media Library and click “Generate Favicon.” You will then be redirected to RealFaviconGenerator to edit the favicon, then back to the WordPress Dashboard. From there, the favicon will be installed automatically.

Why Should You Use Favicons?

If you’re like most web users, chances are you’ll have multiple tabs open on your browser at any given time (c’mon, admit it, you know you do).

Most web users don’t think about the favicon very much, but how else do you make the tab with your page stand out when the user looks across the top of the browser? The favicon has a subtle – but important – job in establishing a brand with your website. After all, it can help tell a user that they’ve come to the right place with your site.

More than that, however, the WordPress favicon serves the purpose of saving a user time on the internet. We’re all geared more toward identifying an icon or image of some sort at a glance, rather than reading text.

With this in mind, the favicon is even handier when it comes to quickly singling a site out in a long column of bookmarks. Just make sure that the favicon you go with is the right fit for your site’s audience and content, and you can go about adding one to your WordPress site.

How to Use FTP to Upload Files to Your WordPress Site

Use FTP to Upload Files to Your WordPress Site

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If you use WordPress for your website, you already have the ability to upload files through a single and convenient interface.

But it’s always good to have a backup plan, especially when dealing with technology. Even the WordPress platform’s media uploader can encounter problems with certain file types. Plus, websites and servers can experience their own coding or connection issues, meaning sometimes a workaround is required to get content uploaded.

WordPress FTP (file transfer protocol) functionality is something everyone should know when they use this platform on their site. With the proper file transfer protocol, it is possible to upload files to a WordPress site even if the standard uploader isn’t working.

Finding the right FTP client and learning how to use it can help anyone save time and headache when it comes to uploading content to a site. With the right protocol, you can upload whatever you need to quickly and without errors.

Here’s a bit about what exactly these protocols are, how they work, and how you can use them to upload content to your WordPress site just like you would the normal media uploader.

WordPress and FTP: What Is a File Transfer Protocol?

WordPress and FTP

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One of the main reasons site owners choose WordPress is for the simplicity it offers. Between the convenient interface and wide selection of helpful add-ons, it’s almost always a hassle-free process to upload files.

“Almost” is the keyword there. Every platform can experience problems whether caused by compatibility issues with certain file types or general technical glitches. When this happens, you will need another way to upload the files you want. The solution is to find another file uploading solution or file transfer protocol.

What is FTP protocol? It’s essentially a system designed to work with a WordPress site (and many other platforms) to let you upload files manually rather than relying on the automatic uploader most modern systems have.

As for the structure of an FTP client, it functions a lot like an app. You’ll download it to your computer then connect it with your WordPress site to upload content. There are many popular options on the market that are both effective and easy to use. FileZilla is a great choice as it’s free and works smoothly with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

How to Upload Content with FTP Client FileZilla

Upload Content with FTP Client FileZilla

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Uploading content to WordPress with FTP is a simple process. As soon as you open the software, it will prompt a connection to a website using the FTP login credentials. These logins will be sent via email upon signing up for a WordPress site. They’re also (usually) able to be resent in the event they’re misplaced.

On FileZilla, access the site manager through the file menu then click “new site” on the drop-down box. Then you’ll enter your host (usually the site’s domain name) and select SFTP to see if the host supports it. Select “normal” under the login option and enter the FTP username and password below.

During first use, FileZilla and many other FTP client programs show a popup verifying the security certificate. After connecting WordPress and the FTP systems together once and saving the settings, you can access the same connection and use the uploader seamlessly in the future.

FileZilla gives access to two menus, local and remote, which show the files on your computer and website respectively. Just right-click files from the local menu and click “upload.” Once you choose a destination, you can enjoy quick uploads from your FTP client just as you would with WordPress’s normal media uploader.

The Limitations of a File Transfer Protocol

The Limitations of a File Transfer Protocol

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While it’s certainly convenient to be able to upload files from a third-party FTP, these programs aren’t able to do anything your normal uploader wouldn’t.

It’s true they can upload some media files even if WordPress’s uploader won’t register them, but the standard rules of file uploads and installations still apply. For example, uploading a WordPress plugin through an FTP won’t work unless you choose the right destination, ensure all files are extracted from ZIP files and activate the plugin in the appropriate menu section.

The same can be said for additional themes, advanced widgets, and other content that require special steps to work properly. An FTP system can get it on your site, but you’ll need to make sure it is in the proper place and configured correctly.

What is the FTP protocol for WordPress users? It’s a handy workaround solution and a reliable backup system. When it comes to your website, you need to be able to upload content quickly and reliably. Even if the site or WordPress itself is experiencing problems, FTP functionality presents you with a way to make sure you can upload the files you need.

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