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I’ve written about adding a favicon (favorites icon) to your blog before, but it entailed coding.

Now there’s a plugin that will automatically add a favicon to your blog.

For those who don’t know what a favicon is, it is the tiny icon that shows up in your browser (URL bar), next to your site’s name. It will also show up in tabs (if you are using Firefox), and in bookmarks.

Today’s Lesson

I first learned about this plugin on Gert’s blog.

I clicked on the link and downloaded the MaxBlogPress (MBP) Favicon plugin

It was a typical download.

Activate the plugin

Go to options

Sign a one time registration via email

Go to an ad page

Get final activation

I used my avatar for my favicon, but if you choose to use something different, the MaxBlogPress (MBP) favicon plugin includes 100 icons + links to many others.

Thank you Pawan Agarwal, for this great plugin.

Today’s Assignment

If you want to add a favicon, check out the MBP plugin. It’s fast and easy, and there’s no coding involved.

How sweet is that?


Photo Credit: Darren Hester’s photostream

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  1. this is EXACTLY what I’m trying to do and so the first thing I noticed when I came on your site on my spiffy new Flock browser (www.flock.com – this has got to be the best social media..web browsin’ browser ever.) was your favicon lol!

    Thank you SO much for this! oh how I heart thee!

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  2. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    whoo hoo barbara. i can see your favicon, it’s showing!! this is probably easier than the way i did it, but it’s all good. thanks for this find.

    Naturals last blog post..The Rise of the Freemale

  3. AxeCityNo Gravatar says:

    Nice plugin!

    I am just wondering why it doesn’t show in Internet Explorer, I can see your favicon working fine in Firefox though, did you try it with IE?

    AxeCitys last blog post..Tools and tips for a successful blog

  4. SaraNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you! I’ve been putting this off, since it was such a pain the last time I did it. You are a fabulous resource!

    Saras last blog post..Fall in Love with Life

  5. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    I love your favicon. CUTE. :)

    I have one already, but this could be useful in the future. Thanks!

    Vereds last blog post..Could MomGrind Use A Little Profanity?

  6. Nice plugin, but everyone should remember if you have a standard website there’s no plugin for that. You’ll still have to edit your website’s code, which pretty much sucks. ;)

    John Hoff – eVentureBizs last blog post..Using Photos On Your Website

  7. Oh and my problem is I’ve tried everything I can think of to get avatars to show up in my comment section, I think it’s a problem with my actual template?

    John Hoff – eVentureBizs last blog post..Using Photos On Your Website

  8. Nice. Thank you.
    My concern is this would send me a whole lot of spam emails. It’s kind of unusual that plugin makers ask for email confirmation, isn’t it? What do you think?

    Akemi – Yes to Mes last blog post..Gratitude Friday

  9. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi JEMi,

    I haven’t looked at my favicon in Flock, but since you mention it, I’ll have to check it out.

    And…you’re welcome. :)

    Hi Natural,

    I know you did yours with coding quite awhile ago. I tried, but it got too confusing for me.

    Hi Axecity,

    I didn’t test it in IE. Unfortunately some things work great in Firefox but in IE they don’t (including some themes). I’m not techy enough to figure out why.

    Hi Sara,

    You’re welcome. Hopefully you find the process as easy as I did.

    Hi Vered,

    Thanks!

    Hi John,

    You bring up a good point. Plugins don’t work with all blogging platforms and/or standard website.

    Re: the avatars in your comment section. Maybe someone reading this will have an answer for you.

    Hi Akemi,

    Yes, this is the first plugin that asked for an email address, but I’m not too concerned with that. Our email addresses are all over cyberspace (from leaving comments). I rely on my spam filter to weed out any new spam.

    I did get a great (email) newsletter from the author (of this plugin) with a list of his other plugins. It wasn’t at all spammy, so that I didn’t mind. With plugins being free, it’s a good way to bring attention to the creator (of the plugin) and get them some recognition.

  10. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, well this computer only has IE since we haven’t downloaded Firefox on it yet, so I’m not seeing it. I’ll have to try the desktop. I can only imagine how nice it looks. :)

    I’ve wondered for a long time how people put those up there. Now I know how. Thanks Barbara.

    Akemi, have you thought about setting up an email account for just this purpose? Set up one for just activating stuff (ex. akemijunkmail@whatever.com) You never have to worry about the junk anymore crowding your real inbox. Just a thought.

  11. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara: Yes, I can see your little favicon next to your URL, I like it. I want to get avatars for my comment section and then I’ll come back to this post to follow the steps you outline here. Thanks for the info!

  12. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Just imagine my avatar as a little icon. It looks pretty cute. :)

    That’s great advice about setting up another email account. I need to consider that too. Thanks!

    Hi Marelisa,

    You’re welcome.

    Let me know if you need any help. I’m in the middle of updating avatars on this site too (for those who don’t use them – I uploaded a new image)

  13. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    Ya see…This is why I love your blog…I get good stuff all the time.

  14. Ellen WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    Hey! This is great! I had always wondered how to do this. Now I know. Thanks! Now I have to figure out the design. The problem I have is that Wilson “W” is too close to WordPress icon. Hmmm. If you have any ideas let me know.

    It’s funny you posted this when I was just recently thinking about it.

    Ellen

    Ellen Wilsons last blog post..Great Photo Tips From E

  15. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Chris,

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog. :)

    Hi Ellen,

    You could try using a different color “W” as well a different font.

  16. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:

    WooHoo! from me too!

    Looky Looky Looky! I made my favicon the flower that is part of my header. I read that the image from your computer needs to be a .ico file to be seen in IE otherwise only firefox could display it correctly when it was other formats.

    I got the info from http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/jennifer/favicon.html

    She gives you a link to download a plugin to photoshop
    This plugin allows you the option to save your file as a .ico. It took some tinkering but there it is!

    I am forever grateful Barbara!! Can I give you a hug! :)

    Now I am going to go look in IE and see if I can see it!!

    Dr.Casons last blog post..Dr. Claudius Conrad and Music in Medicine

  17. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Ok I can’t see it in IE.

    So it looks like I need to do some more fiddling with it. The tutorial I mentioned above is where she offers some troubleshooting for the favicon and IE.

    Good night everyone- Getting late for me.

    Dr.Casons last blog post..Dr. Claudius Conrad and Music in Medicine

  18. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dr. Cason,

    (((((hugs))))) to you too. :) I clicked on your site and saw your flower. It looks beautiful. (I’m using Firefox).

    Let me know if you get it figured out for IE too. I’ll probably have to make some adjustments to mine, as well.

    Isn’t it fun when something works out. Pat yourself on the back.

  19. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t understand why a plugin is used for this. I just upload my favicon to the root level of my hosting account of any website or blog, i.e. the same place as where index.php or index.html is. It’s no more difficult than uploading a new theme. I wonder if I am missing something! (eg. cross-browser compatibility)

    Cheers, Robin

    Robins last blog post..The Money-Go-Round

  20. Barbara -

    This is great but as Robin said, you can simply upload an image and rename it fav icon and add a simple liner in the wordpress. That’s it. I can see though that this one makes it easy for those who do not want to change code.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Shilpan

  21. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Robin,

    A plugin is great for people like me who are not that tech savvy about uploading to their root folders, let alone creating a favicon.

    No, I don’t think you’re missing anything, you’re just more advanced in the backend stuff than I am.

    Hi Shilpan,

    Like Robin, you’re one up on me. :)

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  23. Gert HoughNo Gravatar says:

    Hi there Barbara.

    Just had to come by and thank you for the link to my site. I suppose I was glad to find the culprit to my site going down :-)

    I suddenly got so much traffic from your site, I just had to mention it here. Hopefully it would really inspire all your visitors to really start to know what a great community they are a part of.

    To them all who came by and found the site down – sorry but thank you at the same time.

    Gert Houghs last blog post..Business email list for sale – 5000 email addresses cheap cheap

  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Gert,

    I didn’t mean to bring your server down when I linked to you, but I am glad the link brought you some traffic. I like to give credit where credit is due, and it was on your site where I first learned of this plugin.

    Thanks for coming by. Hope to see you here again. :)

  25. Nice plugin Barbara,
    thank you very much for the resource, i’ll try next to my blog.

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