Favicon and Gravatar (What They Are and How To Get Them)
What’s a Favicon?
A Favicon is the small image where the URL is. (Beside your domain name)
If you have a new blog, it probably look like this at the moment:
(There’s nothing there, only a white square)
And when you have a Favicon it looks like this:
So how do you get a Favicon?
It’s easy! Go to http://www.favicon.cc and create one for free.
The steps are easy to follow as they explain on their site:
- Choose a color
- Click on the squares and paint your logo
- Download when you are finished
- Put the favicon.ico file into your webserver directory
- Optionally publish it under the CC (Creative Commons) license
And even easier: have a picture of yourself as a Favicon as I have:
It looks a bit weird and blurry on the favicon-site, but when it’s uploaded on your site it will look normal.
You just upload the picture, and save the file to your computer, and then put the file into for example FileZilla as I have done:
If you use WordPress and HostGator, you probably already have a Favicon-file there, only it’s empty, so you just over-write the empty file with your new Favicon. And always put everything in the “public_html”-folder!
Do not mess with the other folders if you’re not sure of what you are doing.
You can get FileZilla for free at http://filezilla-project.org/ (chose the client download)
Your login details are given to you when you get HostGator hosting for your new WordPress blog.
And remember, HostGator has a 24/7 help-chat that is awesome – you can always ask someone to help you and I must say that the service they provide is absolutely priceless.
What’s a Gravatar then?
A Gravatar is an image of you that is online, and not only on your blog.
As the Gravatar-site itself explains it:
“Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums”
So for example, if you comment on my post below and you have a Gravatar, it will automatically show a picture of you (or whatever you have chosen as your Gravatar) attached to your comment.
So every time I post a comment somewhere online my Gravatar shows my picture:
And it also shows in my authors box that you can see under all my posts.
My Gravatar follows me everywhere on the Internet, on every blog I comment on and forums I’m in.
I recommend you get a Gravatar, it helps you get recognized online in forums and blogs.
To create one for free, go to http://en.gravatar.com/ The steps are very easy to follow.
So there you have it! That’s the difference between a Favicon and a Gravatar – now go and get both! 🙂