How to Add a Favicon to WordPress

I have never really paid too much attention to favicons, but I have read and been told that your site can have more clout with a reader if it has one.  Finally, I got around to it and added a favicon.

Although many people already know how to add a favicon, I wanted to touch on it because it gave me such a hard time.  When I get to end of this post I will tell you why it gave me a hard time and you will be laughing at me.

–         First you have to create your favicon.  There are many free favicon generators out there so I won’t go into any (however if anyone has a favorite I would love to hear about it).

–         After you have created your favicon you upload it to your site (usually the public_html area) using your ftp client, I use Filezilla.

–         Next go to your header.php file in the editor section of your wordpress blog and add this code:

<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”/favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon” />

- Click Save

Now after I did all that, nothing was showing up.  I decided to do a search for favicon plugins for WordPress.  Upon research I found the Shockingly Simple Favicon, so I activated it but still no favicon.

Finally, I cleared the cache and poof there it was my favicon.  All of that and all I needed to do was use the plugin and clear the cache.  Lesson learned and I hope this helps someone out there.