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What is a Favicon?
Favicons are typically 16×16 square images. Old versions of Internet Explorer refer to the bookmark section as “favorites”. Hence the name “favorites icon” or favicon for short.
What is the Point of Having Favicons?
The main purpose of having favicons is to easily distinguish different websites in the bookmarks page. Here is a snapshot of a bookmarks page. Notice that the pages without favicons are hard to distinguish if they belong to the same website or not.
Search engines and websites then are not as powerful and strongly connected with links. If you came across a good site, it was usually a good idea to bookmark it. As a result, people often have a long list in their “Favorites page”. The favicon answers the need to tell each website apart in the list at a glance.
Favicons are not limited to bookmarks pages though. It is also used around different parts of the browser like the history page, tabs, and more. Favicons play a huge role in online branding providing easy recognition and association. If you are serious in brand recognition, then you must add a favicon to your site.
Adding a Favicon to Your Woocommerce Store
Starting from WordPress 4.3, you can now add your favicon directly using the admin panel. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Site Title, Tagline, and Logo.
Simply select a 512×512 image from your media library or you can upload a new one. If you select an image larger than 512×512 or a non-square image, you will receive a prompt to crop your image.
After this, click save and publish. Refresh or restart your browser to see your new favicon.
Note that this is a default feature since WordPress 4.3. If you don’t see this feature in the theme you are using, contact your theme’s support for assistance. Or you can do it the old fashioned way with the steps below.
How to Make a Favicon?
You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make one. You can use any graphic editing software for this. Start with a larger canvas and just rescale your image to 16x16px before saving it either as .ico or .png. There are also lots of online tools that would help you make a favicon. Here’s a good online tool to make your own favicon. You can either start from scratch or convert an existing logo into a 16×16 image.
How to Convert Your Logo into a Favicon Using Photoshop
Since Photoshop is one, if not the most popular image editing software, here’s a quick tutorial on how you can convert your logo into a favicon. Using a graphic editing software is great because you can freely work with layers and transparency. So if you want your favicon to not be restricted with a colored background, this is the way to go. You can alternatively use Gimp, Adobe Illustrator, Pixlr, or any graphic editor that allows you to work with layers.
- From the Photoshop Interface, go to File > Open, and open your logo file.
- Use the rectangular selection tool and hold down the Shift key to select a perfect square on your logo.
- Go to Image > Crop to crop the image square selection. Clean up your favicon to get the right image.
- Resize the image into 16x16px and save it with the file extension .ICO. The main reason for this is for compatibility with IE. However, most modern browsers today already recognize larger resolutions. To ensure a good looking icon across different browsers, we recommend a multilayered ICO file.
- Resize your image to 256×256 in Image > Image Size and save it as PNG.
- Go to icoconvert.com to convert it into a multilayered icon. From the options, select “custom sizes” and “multi-size in one icon”.
- Upload the PNG file and select the needed dimensions. You don’t have to select everything though. After this, convert your ICO file and download it.
How to Manually Add a Favicon?
To add a favicon to your WooCommerce store, start by saving the image to one of your site’s folders. You can upload it using FTP or via media library upload. After saving it, take note of the filename and file path. It is best to save your favicon in your website’s root folder or in the images folder of your theme’s folder.
On your Dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Editor. Find your theme’s header.php file. Remember, the best way to edit your theme’s files is via a Child Theme. You can select one from several Storefront child themes to help you customize your WooCommerce store.
Paste the code below in your header.php file just below the other lines starting with “<link rel=”.
<link rel="icon" href="http://www.domain.com/favicon.png" type="image/x-icon" /> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://www.domain.com/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />
Replace “http://www.domain.com/favicon.ico” with the file path of your favicon. Save the file and you’re done. You may need to restart your browser to see the new favicon.
I hope we helped you in adding a favicon to your WooCommerce store. If you have any questions and feedback, leave us a comment below. We are always ready to help.