The biggest pet peeve that I have when visiting a newly launched website is…
You probably guessed it!
When a website does not have a favicon.
The website is wonderful, the content is great, and everything looks professional, except for the fact that the website has no favicon.
What Is A Favicon?
A favicon is the small icon that your user sees on their browser tab when he visits your website.
Here’s how the favicon on my site looks like:
Why bother creating a favicon?
A favicon doesn’t affect your website’s functionality.
However, it gives your website a more polished a professional look.
Actually, when you have a favicon no one cares… but when you don’t have a favicon your website looks unprofessional.
When you don’t have a favicon, the default one is used, and your page looks broken!
Having a favicon is part of your entire branding experience – hence, it plays a small role in helping your brand to stand out.
How do you create a favicon?
1. Use tools like Canva to create a tiny image with a design of your choice (32 px by 32 px).
2. Change the file extension to a .ico file. (usually, just renaming the file does the trick)
3. Tadah! Upload it onto WordPress. Depending on your website’s theme, it is usually under “Appearance” -> “Customize”
… or you could use a favicon generator like this one.
It isn’t that complicated, really.
I hope this has helped! 🙂
I realize that this is a pretty short post – I wanted to skip all the fluff and get you the results in the shortest timeframe possible.
Here are more foundational posts that you may find helpful.