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Adding a favicon to your site

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Looking to add a favicon to you site?

Inside your WordPress theme’s functions file (functions.php) add the following to inside your PHP code.

/**
 * FAVICON
 * @WPCult.com
 */
function my_favicon() { ?>
	<link rel="shortcut icon" href="<?php echo bloginfo("stylesheet_directory") ?>'/images/favicon.ico" />
<?php }

add_action('wp_head', 'my_favicon');

That’s it, just be sure to upload an icon image or a .gif/.png. Be sure to correct the target location id the file is located somewhere else.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Peter

    April 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    The backstory on why it’s traditionally a .ico (instead of .gif or .jpg) is actually pretty interesting – you can read up on it on this wikipedia entry:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favicon

    Ok, so maybe its only interesting to me :).

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    • Austin

      April 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

      Yeah, I’ve read it. Though with more browsers supporting it, I typically like to use transparent png’s these days.

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  4. Searchgo

    April 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks great post.

  5. Matthew Coleman

    April 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Is there a benefit to doing it this way, instead of just adding into the header.php?

    • Austin

      April 27, 2009 at 2:06 pm

      No difference.

  6. mktanny

    October 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Moved from blogspot to wordpress and then was searchinhg for a way to add favicon to my blog then got here thnx.
    How To Add Favicon To Your Blogspot Blog

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Remove spaces when echoing the_title

Ever wanted to print or echo the WordPress title attribute without spaces?

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This little trick can be useful for calling custom functions and printing the title with out spaces for W3C compatibility. I used this trick in a new theme called Galleria, which will be out for public download in the coming days.

Using this comes in handy for a delicious text link:

<?php $title = get_the_title(); ?>
<a href="http://del.icio.us/post?url=<?php echo $title; ?>&amp;<?php echo str_replace(" ", "%20", $title); ?>">
Bookmark This (<?php echo $title; ?>)</a>

What I am doing is calling $title = get_the_title(); and using str_replace(" ", "%20", $title); to replace empty spaces with a %20, which is used in URL encoding empty spaces.

Alternatively you can use a dash or underscore.

Thanks to Jason Boyle for his adaption.

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Display the_excerpt only if there is text

Have you ever wanted to display the excerpt only if you write one? A simple couple lines of code can display the_excerpt any where you like.

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In my new theme, I am using this coded trick to display the excerpt on a single post only if I’ve got text inside. Usually if you use the_excerpt and you don’t have one, it will fake one for you.

This is not something that I wanted to do on the single post page. So I used the following code to check if the excerpt existed.

if ( !empty( $post->post_excerpt ) ) :

Once this action is taken into account, you can factor in what code you want to out put if the post_excerpt isn’t empty.

if ( !empty( $post->post_excerpt ) ) :
	the_excerpt();
else :
	false;
endif;

The above code checks if there is an excerpt and print’s it to the screen. If there isn’t an except, it doesn’t do anything.

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Add a shortcode

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This is a simple one.

/**
 * Your Blog title
 *
 */
function my_blog_title() {
	$blogname = get_bloginfo('name');
    return '<span class="blog-title">' . $blogname . '</span>';
}		  	
add_shortcode('blog-title', 'my_blog_title');

Just add this to your functions.php file and then add [blog-title] in any post or page and it will return your Blog Title. :)

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