One of the smallest details that has a huge impact on your site design is the favicon. Ever notice how popular and well designed sites have a small icon in your brower window, right next to the URL address? or maybe you’ll see it on your browser tab. If you don’t create a custom favicon, you will usually end up with nothing, or something generic, or worst, the theme designer’s logo.
A favicon is nothing more than a 16 pixels by 16 pixels icon, and the file has a .ico extension. As you can imagine it is pretty difficult to put complex graphics in such a small frame. When designing your favicon, use simple images or letters. Make sure that the color of the favicon reflects the color of your website, so that visitors will be able to associate the icon with the site.
Note: If you have never created a favicon before, you may have to download a plugin for Photoshop. The .ico format wasn’t an available file format until I added this plugin. Go to http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/ to download the plugin for photoshop.
After installing, you will be able to save your custom 16×16 image as “favicon.ico”. Now find where your favicon is saved in your wordpress theme and replace it with your new file.
Done! Now your website is blingin’! Need help creating a favicon? Hire me! 🙂