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Adding a custom favicon


WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Video: Adding a custom favicon

Adding a custom favicon provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen as part of the WordPress 3: Building Child Themes
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  1. 6m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 29s
    4. Getting the right tools for theme creation
      2m 50s
  2. 17m 2s
    1. What is a WordPress child theme and when should you use it?
      2m 38s
    2. Picking a parent theme
      3m 55s
    3. Making sure you have the Twenty Twelve parent theme
      1m 50s
    4. Creating and activating a basic child theme
      4m 20s
    5. Importing parent theme styles
      4m 19s
  3. 16m 2s
    1. Using the developer tools
      3m 53s
    2. Modifying existing styles
      4m 24s
    3. Adding space between paragraphs
      4m 7s
    4. Changing font family styles
      3m 38s
  4. 31m 47s
    1. Understanding the WordPress template hierarchy
      3m 12s
    2. Modifying existing templates
      2m 33s
    3. Moving the header image
      4m 29s
    4. Adding Related Posts feature to posts
      6m 26s
    5. Creating custom page templates
      5m 43s
    6. Using conditional statements for customized effects
      5m 41s
    7. Creating custom header, footer, and sidebar templates
      3m 43s
  5. 17m 5s
    1. Understanding the different index pages and what they do
      4m 6s
    2. Adding author, date, and time information to the index loop
      7m 15s
    3. Changing the appearance of category index pages
      5m 44s
  6. 43m 5s
    1. Introducing functions.php
      3m 24s
    2. Overriding existing functions
      3m 23s
    3. Adding pagination to index pages
      5m 49s
    4. Adding to existing functions
      3m 21s
    5. Adding a new footer menu to Twenty Twelve
      6m 24s
    6. Adding a new widgetized area to pages
      4m 9s
    7. Adding static content to the sidebar
      7m 44s
    8. Replacing existing functions
      2m 36s
    9. Adding a Google font through a function
      6m 15s
  7. 10m 24s
    1. Adding new featured image sizes
      5m 41s
    2. Adding featured images to posts and pages
      4m 43s
  8. 31m 1s
    1. Adding a welcome message to the front page
      1m 22s
    2. Displaying page content in an index page
      7m 42s
    3. Hooking in a featured image
      4m 34s
    4. Making the welcome message responsive
      6m 27s
    5. Restricting content to the first page of the blog
      4m 22s
    6. Adding a jQuery function to show or hide the welcome message
      6m 34s
  9. 10m 23s
    1. Adding a custom favicon
      3m 58s
    2. Adding a custom screenshot
      2m 29s
    3. Adding footer information
      3m 56s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. What to do when a child theme crashes your website
      4m 38s
    2. Updating parent and child themes
      2m 36s

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Adding a custom favicon
Video Duration: 3m 58s3h 11m Intermediate Jun 23, 2011 Updated Nov 27, 2012

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Adding a custom favicon provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen as part of the WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

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Create a child theme based on an existing parent theme in WordPress and change the functionality, presentation, or styling of your website. In this course, author Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows how to use the default WordPress theme, Twenty Twelve, as a basis for a new child theme and add custom menus; new headers, sidebars, and footers; and index pages with widgets and pagination to your site. The course also demonstrates how to add a responsive welcome message to your front page using PHP and jQuery, and how to edit the many templates found in a WordPress theme. Morten explains how to perform these changes using any code editor, the developer tools in the Chrome browser, and WordPress.

Topics include:
  • Picking a parent theme
  • Creating and activating a basic WordPress child theme
  • Using the developer tools
  • Changing the header image size
  • Using conditional statements for customized effects
  • Adding custom menus to the child theme and/or a template
  • Changing the default footer content
  • Adding featured images to posts
  • Changing the display of meta content (such as date, author, category, etc.)
  • Excluding categories from the front page with custom queries
  • Including functions from external files
  • Identifying and fixing common mistakes
Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Adding a custom favicon

Once you have a child theme you can be proud of, you need to put on the last finishing touches. These seem trivial and less important, but they make all the difference in the long run. One such finishing touch is a custom favicon. A favicon is the little icon you see at the top of your browser when you visit the site and it also appears next to your site name should someone decide to bookmark it. Favicons are easy to create and easy to install. You just have to remember to do it. To see what a favicon is, you'll notice that when I'm on this Red 30 blog site I have a little page up here in the corner in my browser.

But if I go to a different site, like for example, this site for Western Front, you'll see that their logo is also mimicked up here, and that's their favicon, so that's what I want to create. I already have a graphic here. It's called favicon.png and it's a PNG file transparent and it's the one I want to use as my favicon. But I can't just use a PNG as my favicon, I have to transform it into an icon file first. I can do that online through many different services.

A service I like a lot is one called xiconeditor. This service allows me to upload an image and then create a favicon based on it. So I'm going to go in here, click Import to upload the file. I'll upload my file, scale it up so that the application understands what I want to do, and then I can choose what sizes I want. I can choose all four sizes, you see them here or I can uncheck either one of these. I'm just going to leave them all on.

I'll click OK and the application now creates a favicon for me. I can preview the favicon if I want to and here you can see what it would end up looking like in my browser and also on other places, and if I'm satisfied with it I'll click Export. Now I have a favicon.ico file downloaded onto my computer and I can show it in my folder. What I want to do is move this file into my child theme--so I'll go and find my child theme--and just place the file inside my child theme.

Now that I have the favicon in my child theme I need to call it from my theme. Now I'm going to do that in the header. So I'll open header.php for my child theme, then I'll go up here in the very beginning right under head and I'll type in the code to create a favicon. It starts link and then relation="shortcut icon" and then you have to put in the href; this is the link directly to the favicon. Now because I don't know what the URL is going to be for this site, instead of putting in the actual URL, I'm going to put in a function that gets the URL.

So I'll say php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri and then I'll finish it by saying /favicon.ico. What's happening here is I'm asking WordPress to print out the directory to my child theme and then we're just appending favicon.ico at the end of it. When I save this and reload my site in my browser, you see that my favicon now appears up here in the corner, which is exactly what I want.

It doesn't seem like much until you go to a different site. If you're at a different site you can now see the icon up here and it's far more eye-catching than that little page that was there previously, which is why it matters. Adding a favicon is one of those small things that make a huge difference. This is something people nearly always forget and it's something that is very easy to do, so make it part of your habit and always add your favicons.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about WordPress 3: Building Child Themes .

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Q: The 2010 version of this course no longer covers installing BitNami. Can you provide directions?
A: Instructions on how to install WordPress using BitNami can be found at Use the "Installer" option. 
It is pretty straight forward and almost impossible to mess up. also has a dedicated course on WAMP and MAMP (Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP) that is relevant and you might find helpful.
Q:When looking to download PHP development tool at, as advised by Morten, but when accessing the site via this link, the screenshot in the movie is very different from what it takes you to on the website.
A: Eclipse has a very active developer cycle and updates quite frequently. The interface changes all the time. I recommend using Notepad++ (Windows) or TextWrangler (Mac) instead. They perform the same function but are far less cumbersome to deal with.
Q: This course was updated on 11/27/2012. What changed?
A: This course was heavily revised to reflect changes to the default WordPress parent theme, Twenty Twelve, and updates to WordPress's functionality. The entire course was re-recorded to reflect changes to the interface. Then we added new movies on text styling, the Related Posts feature, and the welcome message features. There are also two brand new chapters, "Modifying and Adding Functions" and "Working with Featured Images." We recommend that members who have seen the whole course start again from the beginning to get the most benefit from this update.
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