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How to Change Your WordPress Blog’s Favicon

A lot of people ask how to change the icon, or the favicon rather, of a WordPress blog, so here are a few easy ways to do this.

I’ll be talking about how to change your Favicon on a self-hosted WordPress blog (this being the one with your own domain) and then I will move on to how you can change it on a WordPress hosted blog.

So, what exactly is that Favicon? It’s that icon beside your address, tiny detail, but it is attention to small detail that is essential to standing out on the internet.

Beside the website address, there is an icon, and that’s what I’m going to help you change it.

Method 1: A Plug-in (Self-hosted)

The plug-in is called WSA Favicon, and it is the most credible Favicon altering plug-in there is on the market. It is very easy to do, and quite simply, very self explanatory.

Method 2: Coding (Self-hosted)

Everyone’s scared to code. I know that. Even I am. But this is really easy. First of all, you’re going to have to get a 50×50 picture and either upload it on the internet, or have it ready. (you can just do a google search and use that address). So you’re going to need that address for the next step.

Next, you’re going to need to go to Appearances > Editor , and then you’re going to stick this code <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”faviconpath” />. The “faviconpath” part is where you need to replace with the url of where your image is located. Easy.

Method 3: WordPress.com Users!

Very easy. Go to Settings > General . On the right hand side of the image, there is a part that says “Change Blog Icon/Picture”. Upload your picture there, and you’re ready to go!

What Would You Guys Like to See Me Post About?

So, I’ve posted about how to install WordPress themes and plug-ins, the best plug-ins and themes in the business, along with fancy ways to get money online. Now begs the question.

Is there anything else you guys want to learn how to do? I’m open to teaching you guys how to do it, just leave a comment in the comments section below, and I’ll answer it promptly.

Stage 2, Part 3: How to Install a Plug-in

I guess I’ve been through what I thought were the best plug-ins around, I think it’s about time I explained how to install those plug-ins.

There are a few ways to go about is, so I’ll just be going through the main ones here.

Search for It

Perhaps the simplest way to install a plug-in on your self hosted WordPress powered blog (please note that these tips only apply to your self hosted WordPress blog). What you’ve gotta do is find ‘Plugins’ on the left sidebar, scroll over it, and then click on ‘add new’.

From there, you just have to search up the plugin that you want to install, and then with a click on the button ‘Install Now’, you’ve just installed a plug-in for your WordPress powered blog. Please do note that you should activate it and check the settings upon installation.

Zip File Method

The second method is quite simply seeing you get the file for the plugin, whether it be in zip file or non zip file (normally it comes in a zip file). And if it isn’t, you’ve quite simply gotta zip the plugin folder up. For Macs, you can just install ‘iZip’, an application to zip files up. For Windows/other system users, it should be fairly straightforward. L

Lastly you’ve gotta on your dashboard, go into the ‘Plugins’ section and click ‘add new’ once again. Then they will give you an option to upload. Click on that and then upload your zip file. Simple, straightforward.

Hoped that you guys found this helpful. 🙂

Why Shift Over to Your Own Self Hosted WordPress Site

One question that always comes to me is, why make the shift from a regular WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress powered site. I will explain a few of the reasons right here.

Customizable

Essentially, what you get from WordPress is the ability to use scripts in your WordPress blog. With your regular WordPress.com , you are essentially limited to images that you add to the website or quite simply the widgets that they already provide.

With your own self hosted WordPress blog, you can select your theme (from an internet full of possibility), and you can select all the themes available in the WordPress database, along with the rest of the free themes out there. Furthermore, you can add toolbars among other interesting scripts to your blog.

Essentially, if you have an eye for detail and you want that awesome layout, that is the way for you.

Ads

Even if you upgrade to your own domain with WordPress.com, your ability to make money is very, very limited. Either you pay something like 2000 dollars a month for the VIP package or become one of the select few (and they are very, very selective) to join their premium ad network, and you seriously have got to have the traffic to join that group.

With your self hosted blog, you can add scripts and you really can add any type of advertising you want. From Google AdSense to AdBrite to even those in-content ads from ad networks such as Kontera and InfoLinks, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Money making is quite frankly much easier. You can make up your money really easily!

Branding

Come on, you don’t need me to explain this. With your own domain, the name of the website is much cleaner. Tell me, is bbc.co.uk easier to remember, or is bbc.wordpress.com easier to remember? So that’s simply the reason behind getting your domain.

It’s just more catchy!

Plug-ins!

Come on, everyone loves plug-ins! From the related post plug-in of LinkWithin to the SEO plug-ins that will help you get those searches in.

Any more questions, just leave a comment in the comments section below, would be happy to answer any questions! 🙂

Stage 4, Part 1: Produce Timeless Content

When it comes to a WordPress blog, I can’t stress the importance of you producing timeless content – something that maintains value over time.

Essentially, what you should be going for with content in your blog would be something that people would find relevant even something like 3 years down the road – this is the very reason why photography is so valued in the online world – it would be as valuable in the future as it is now.

For example, you write about a video game such as FIFA 12. It is not going to be relevant the following year once FIFA 13 is out, hence you will have to write a whole new article about FIFA 13 to try and get that audience back. Essentially, the content you produce about FIFA 12 is only going to be valuable for that one year from the FIFA 12 release date. After that, it has no value whatsoever.

So now, let me give you two examples of timeless content. First of, me writing about timeless content. Let’s face it, this will always be relevant in the online world. People will always be wondering what type of content they need to put on the net. That is essentially why I put out this post. I do it with the knowledge that people will continue to search for ways to produce a passive income – this being one of the tactics to try and achieve it.

My second example – recipes. How can a Fish & Chips possibly be outdated (at least for about 40 years)? People will continually want to learn how to make those Fish & Chips, hence making it a timeless recipe that you would have created if you put it on the internet. This will allow passive income – people will continually search for it and you’ll get the money from your advertising whilst you can focus on other projects. It really is quite a simple concept that I’m trying to get across.

That’s why although things that are popular – for example Twitter’s trending topics – they might not serve your best interests in the future. It’s better to go for something that can get you passive income, this will be the evergreen topics.

So that’s lesson 1 in the Li Ming content school.

Stage 1, Part 2: Hosting, and Other Administrative Stuff

So here’s where I go into how you buy your domains, along with how to get your website set up with WordPress if you decide not to go with the expensive ‘beginner’s way to set up a website’.

So here, I will be talking about where you should buy your websites, along with who to set up your website with.

WordPress.com Hosting
Price: USD 18
This one can be set up by going to the dashboard section in WordPress.com. (*For people just creating a new website, you have got to go to the “Create a Website” section, it’s self explanatory from there) You just go to the upgrades section and everything is very straightforward from there.

The pros and cons are easy to see. Like my summary, WordPress.com hosting is short and sweet. It is easy, and their support staff is just fantastic. But there is a downside to this, with there being high prices for this way of web hosting. It comes with a price, this being about USD18 per year. Good value, but there is much better value out there on the internet. Furthermore, you won’t be allowed to run Ads, unless of course you get good, high quality (and they are really strict on this) traffic towards your blog. Did I mention you need a lot of it? There is another exception. But you need to pay USD 3750 per month. Crazy. So, if you are planning to make money through WordPress.com, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it – although you can indeed make a list through this.

Non WordPress Blog Hosting
The steps for this are different, and I hope that you guys can follow. Essentially, you need to buy a domain, before paying for the web hosting, which will then be able to start you off. Essentially, the price of the web hosts I list later are not including the price for the actual domain.

Where to buy your domain is up to you. Most of the time, you have to point your DNS to your web hosting website – they have the how-to instructions on the websites. Where to buy domains from? I recommend NameCheap, along with Domain.com for this. They come with prices of around USD 3 per year, pretty good value for your money, coupled with reliability.

Hostgator Hosting
Price: USD 4.95 a month

My personal recommendation for your web hosting needs. Cheap and relatively easy to understand. Hassle free and you get to control so much more than WordPress.com hosted sites. The themes available on WordPress are all readily available at the same prices, and you get the whole web’s worth of themes as well – in that aspect, you’r not missing out.

The pros for Hostgator hosting, include great support, cPanel support (which trust me, is a great asset to creating e-mails to do with your domain) along with it being uber reliable – 99.9% reliable, as they say. They’ve been in the business for a while, and they are perhaps the best out there. There aren’t many cons when it comes to Hostgator – but their prices for domains are ridiculous. DON’T buy domains from them. Prices will increase as you require more bandwidth.

Nearly Free Speech (NearlyFreeSpeech.net)
Price: From USD 0.25 per month
I love Nearly Free Speech – the reason is because they charge according to how much bandwidth you use. Great for newbies just looking to test web blogging out, because this will massively low the costs of the blogger.

The pros for Nearly Free Speech is that it is freaking USD 0.25 a month! Who wouldn’t want a deal like that! To be honest, if you are getting high traffic, I personally don’t think that Nearly Free Speech is the way forward for you, I would go with those USD 7.95 for unlimited bandwidth sorta deals. Those are more for you. Furthermore, there is no SSL (secure sockets layer) – no static IPs for all sites. A small difference, but a difference nonetheless.

The Others
The three I recommended above are three that I thought that people like you and me would take. I had the beginner’s way – simple, but expensive. The neutral way – good value for money. And I also showed you guys the uber cheap way – although it varies with traffic.

Others that I would recommend include:
*Bluehost: Unlimited bandwidth, along with a lot more unlimited things at USD 6.95 . For the pros of blogging, I guess – when you need that bandwidth.
*Dreamhost: Easy to use. USD 8.95 and comes packed with lots of features, including free domain registration – it saves lots of time as well – with it being packed together, no complicated DNS pointing among other bothersome chores. The more assessable web host.

And there you have it! 5 ways to web hosting! Be sure to come back once you’ve gotten your site online to see what to do next!

Stage 1, Part 1: What is your website going to be about?

So, before you get into hosting and more complicated web design and the actual posting, you’re going to have to decide what you are going to write about.

What I personally recommend is blogging about something that you love writing, although it also has to be something that you would actually get a decent amount of traffic from elsewhere. Whether it be reviews, a personal blog or simply a site where you vent your opinion on anything (whether it be politics, football like me, or even the world of motorsports), the possibilities are virtually endless.

If you listen to my advise, you will be able to get lots of tips to start your blog, so do follow me.

So, carrying on, you need to decide on what exactly you want to write about – do take your time with this, because this is actually very important – you don’t want to spend 4 hours a week fitting themes and conjuring posts up for 2 months before deciding that the topic of which you are talking about isn’t for you, or simply isn’t for the general public – not enough traffic. Because rest assured, with me, you’ll learn how to get quality traffic, good SEO and simply lots of viewers if you simply check up on my blog every now and then. The way that I explain things is chronological, and you can simply follow on with every single step – or even search particular topics, and I am sure that you will find what you’re looking for within time.

So, do take something like 10 minutes deciding on the topic of your blog. If you’re really lazy and you’re actually looking for ‘passive income’ right now, here are a few topics that I would recommend:

A Recipes Website: Perhaps the most easiest way to get traffic via SEO once your posts are done. Most recipes are all relevant in the modern world, and as the saying goes, eventually someone’s going to find it. Google can be of great assistance, and with resilience, a website in this category can be big.

Self Improvement Websites: People are always hungry for knowledge, so if you offer them advice on self improvement, someone is going to want to view the blog. I can guarantee you this. If you give good advice, your website can spread pretty quickly.

A Personal Blog: Has the potential to be really successful, but you really need to have that ‘it’ factor in your life. It has to be interesting, or quite simply, the way you present yourself is innovative. Photography blogs are always nice – they’re the reason why GIFBoom and Instagram, along with Tumblr are all the rage.

WordPress Related Blogs: I’m writing a WordPress related blog and I’m recommending you guys a couple of things. The fact that you guys are reading this right now is testament to the power of this particular niche.

The Name
What’s in a domain?

Everything! Well, almost everything. Branding is so important – that’s why picking the right title and domain for your website is an absolute essential. People remember you by the name of your blog, and this will create your very own presence on the internet.

For example, do your think that people would actually know what AIG stands for? Most people just recognize it as AIG and don’t remember the full name of the company. So keep your blog’s name is short – or at least have an acronym that is easy to search up.