Replace WordPress default favicon – and add a full package of icons for mobile and desktop


There’s a really great favicon generator out there that will take your icon and turn it into every file size and type you need for a full range of  icons for mobile devices, desktops, and even a Windows tile. Prepare your artwork at least 260px square (transparent PNGs work great), and head over to You’ll get a zip file with a full package ready to go, and they’ll even offer the HTML you need to put into the <head> of your documents. Because we’re talking about WordPress here, you have to change their default path like this:


I’m a big fan of people who save me time.

Copy/paste this code and drop it in the field you see there:

You’re going to put the resulting code into your functions.php file like this:

In the code above, line 18 is the one that dumps the Genesis G favicon that plagues 90% of Genesis sites. I swear I’m not making that statistic up.

In your child theme folder, inside the images directory, create another folder for the favicons (I called mine “favicon-package” above) and upload the images there. You could just dump them loose in your images folder, but I like to keep things organized.

In addition to choosing your file path, this tool also allows you to select your compression and scaling settings – with previews of each! – and choose the App name that will be displayed when a user adds an icon for your site or app to their smartphone screen. All in all, a very slick tool and one that saves a ton of time.

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Dave Kuhar

Dave ran Transmit Studio, a media creation lab in San José. He's built more websites with WordPress than he can remember. He's reluctantly moved back to Ohio and now works for Stanford University (remotely). He likes hearing himself talk and writing about himself in third person.


  1. AaronJ on September 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    This is great! Thanks for the favicon information.

    • Dave Kuhar on September 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      We’re glad it helped!

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