Blogging 101: Favicons

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First–Thank you to everyone who added their input in the comments section of last week’s Blogging 101 post!  It was fun to read so many thoughts about what makes a great blog.  Now let’s get to this week’s question!

This week’s question:

Q: How do I add a favicon to my blogger blog?

A: Let’s first take a look at what a favicon is!  A favicon is like a logo–it’s the little image that shows up next to a website’s address.  On blogger, you’ll see the orange and white “B”.

So let’s take a look at how to change your blog’s favicon to something more fun.  It’s truly a great way to make your blog standout!

Step 1:

First we need to create a small image that we can turn into a favicon.  To do this, you’ll need some sort of editing program.  If you don’t have a purchased program such as Photoshop, there are many free options that will work great for our purposes!  My personal favorite is Gimp, but you can use anything from Picnik to your basic Paint program.

The image you create needs to be 15X15 pixels.  Keep in mind that this is very small, so consider creating something simple!

Step 2:

Once you’ve created an image that you’re happy with, save it to your computer as either a .jpg, .png, or .gif file.

Step 3:

After you’ve saved your image, we need to find a favicon generator on the web.  I suggest going to http://iconj.com/.

Step 4:

Once there, find where it says “Free Favicon Hosting”.  Click on “Browse” to find and select the image you just saved to your computer.  After you’ve selected your image, select a sharpen level of “Sharpen +3” as I’ve shown here in purple.

Step 4:

Once you’ve selected the sharpen level, click on “Upload Now”.  You will then see a page that says you’ve uploaded your image successfully.  On this page, highlight and copy the link from the “Direct Link” section.

Step 5:

Go to your blogger dashboard and select “Design”.

Under the design tab, select “Edit HTML”.

*NOTE: I would strongly recommend backing up your template before completing the next steps!*

Once in your HTML section, search the page for the following: </head>

Place the code you copied from the favicon site directly after the </head> code you just searched for.

Step 6:

Save your template and then take a look at your blog.  If your favicon doesn’t show up right away, try refreshing the page.   Now instead of the standard logo, your blog should have a cute favicon of it’s own!

Keep in mind that while favicons show up in most browsers, they will not appear in all of them.  Good luck everyone!

Do you have a question you want me to answer?  Leave a comment!  🙂

31 comments

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  1. Comment-Anonymous keely aka LKP

    oh.my.gosh!
    you are AWESOME.
    thank you gobs & gobs!

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  3. Comment-Anonymous Crystal & Co

    Have you had issues with favicons not showing up in Internet Explorer?

    I have a favicon, but I have to use Safari, for example, before I can see it in the broswer…..

    Is there a solution for that?

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  5. Comment-Anonymous Isabel

    Thank you so much for the information, you are awesome!

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  7. Comment-Anonymous Krista

    You are the best! Thanks so much

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  9. Comment-Anonymous Becca

    Thank you goddess of the internet and html. You made that painless and easy and I am not even cursing!

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