Adding A Favicon To A WordPress Site

As I’ve just added one of these to this very site, I thought it would make a good topic of the day.

Just in case you don’t know what a ‘Favicon’ is. It’s the tiny little logo or picture that you see in the tab above when you open a website and it’s always to the left of the site title. It’s also the same little image you see when you look in your favorites or bookmarks folder. I find them extremely useful especially when I’ve got 20 or more different tabs open.

I’ve done this before but never with a WordPress site. I’ve always used just one or two letters of text as the image. It’s very easy to do and you can definitely still read it when it’s so small. Think of Facebook, WordPress and Internet Explorer and they all use just one letter, for a very good reason. I’m a strong believer in not reinventing the wheel :-)

To make the small image is also probably a lot easier than you might think, especially if you follow my suggestion and just use text like my ET one above – yes, the kids at school had fun with that!

I use Paint Shop Pro but I guess you could use any image editor such as Photoshop, Paint or Gimp:

  • Create a 16 pixel square image @ 72DPI
  • Choose your typestyle – nothing too fancy is best
  • Make sure the text colour will stand out against your background
  • Add the text to the image – you will need to experiment with text size
  • Just use undo and keep playing around until it looks good
  • Save the image as a jpeg or gif file on your computer

Now, you need to change it into an .ico type image and add it to your WordPress site. I’m not going to tell you here how to do that step by step but I will point you to a great website that will – the one that I have just followed perfectly. Click here

 

WordPress site security should be high on the list of priorities for every WordPress site owner. Due to the opensource nature of the platform, it’s well known that they aren’t the most secure sites. This means that every ‘script kiddie’ – a new term I just learnt from my web hosts security guy – can look around in the back end and see what ‘fun’ they can have. When  I told them I wanted to host a WordPress site, they gave me separate hosting on a totally different server, such was the hysteria…

The WordPress Login page

Yes, you know the one situated at www.what-ever-your-domain-is.com/wp-admin. Now, I’m a WordPress newbie and even I know that :-) I also know that the default login is ‘admin’ so now I’m 50% of the way towards hacking into your site and I don’t even know any coding stuff! All I have to do now is guess your favorite color, your pets name, your birthday or whatever else you use as your password and I’m in, ready to wreak havoc. Simpe isn’t it?

So, we need to change the user name, except WordPress doesn’t allow you to do that (What??), so here’s what we’re going to do - I suggest printing this page out.

You will need to go to Users and click Add New as we’re going to add a new user:

  1. Choose a different name to your current ‘admin’ user name. Something that people will not guess easily, so not your nickname or display name. Just a word that you can remember easily and add a no. or two as well.
  2. You will need a different email address to the one your blog currently uses. You could just get one from gmail as a temporary measure.
  3. Ok password. Remember what I said earlier, so don’t choose any of the normal stuff. Make it a little different and again add a number or three – this really will help to stop the hackers.
  4. Under ‘Role’ choose Administrator.
  5. Click ‘Add New User’.
  6. Log out of your WordPress site.
  7. Now log back in, you know at www.what-ever-your-domain-is.com/wp-admin and now when the login box comes up, use your new user name and password.
  8. Once you’re in, go to Users, All Users. You will have your new user name and your old user name there.
  9. Delete the old user name ‘admin’.
  10. That’s it, your site is now much more secure than it was 10 minutes ago :-)

Take care

 

 

Thank Goodness For WordPress

Obviously having a large ecommerce store, I’d heard of WordPress but I’d never really taken much notice of it. To be honest, I thought it was for bloggers…

So, as part of my plan for 2014 to expand my online ‘empire’, I made it my business to find out all about this software called WordPress and in a word, I’m impressed, very impressed, ‘WordPressed’ in fact! If you’ve read my About Me page, you’ll know that I was dabbling, erm, struggling with HTML way back in 2000, the turn of the Century, no less :-)

Whilst I’ve put the basic stuff I learned back then to good use, if I’d have had WordPress at that time, that would have been fantastic. Anyway, I have it now and I’m getting to grips with it pretty quickly, thanks to all the wonderful tutorials on the internet.

I can even install it on my cPanel hosting in around a minute just by clicking a button. I actually noticed all the other buttons for installing many different programs too. Where have I been you might ask. Well, to be honest I’ve been concentrating so much on my offline businesses and letting my developer handle my ecommerce stuff, that I hadn’t noticed what was going on in the wider universe.

With my ‘business head’ on though, this set me thinking, just imagine if WordPress had been developed by Microsoft or another large company, what a killing they would have made. How did they miss a trick like that? I think we are truly blessed to get such a fantastic piece of software for free. Maybe I’m showing my age but I do genuinely appreciate what I have here in front of me.

I’m sure as I play with it more and try out new things, I’ll get even better with it. I know school kids who can do wonderful things with Wordpress and I mean young school kids, under 10. I hope they teach them to use it in schools, because it will certainly be a handy life skill and whilst WordPress may not be around in five or ten years time, in it’s current format, there’s no doubt that the keyboard, designing and writing skills will be just as in demand.

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’re new to WordPress or if you’ve got children at school that are using it. Maybe I should start a competition to find the youngest WordPress ‘expert’. Now, that would be interesting…