Many of you may already know about the importance of branding your blog, because it is the way that you will be able to separate yourself from the millions of other blogs out there. John Chow is a brand, just like how Coca-Cola and Apple are brands. When developing a branded blog, most people think about logos and WordPress themes, but there’s one other area that you should consider.
A favicon is a little image icon that helps to identify your site. It will show up in a number of places, like in the address bar, in the navigation tabs, and in a user’s list of bookmarks. The MBP Favicon plug-in comes from the same people who brought us the Stripe Ad WordPress plug-in and they ordered this review to tell people about it.
Making Favicons Easier For the Masses
Normally, the process for implementing a favicon requires three main steps. You have to create a custom .ico file, you have to upload it via FTP to the root folder of your WordPress blog, and then you have to update the header.php file in WordPress to tell it where the favicon file is located. The trouble with this is that not all web browsers will know where to look. Furthermore, not everyone can be bothered with making a custom .ico file.
The MaxBlogPress Favicon WordPress plug-in is supposed to simplify the process. Like other WordPress plug-ins, the implementation and customization is done through the WordPress control panel. The other critical feature is that this plug-in will place your favicon in “all the places where browsers, RSS readers, and websites” would look for the file. Yes, it works inside RSS readers too.
The Best Price is Free
You can’t beat the price of free, can you? This favicon plug-in won’t cost you a penny. This makes me wonder why MaxBlogPress would be willing to fork out $500 for a review on John Chow dot Com. Maybe they’re just working on some branding? Well, when I went to install and activate the plug-in, I was hit with this screen.
In order to use the MaxBlogPress Favicon plug-in, you need to subscribe to the MaxBlogPress Newsletter “which will give you many tips and tricks to attract lots of visitors to your blog.” Registration is free, but if you want to be particularly evil, there really is nothing stopping you from using a fake email address. There is no confirmation process. Further still, I’d imagine that you can still unsubscribe from the newsletter after the fact and still use the plug-in.
Premade Favicons or Upload Your Own
When I was reading through the official page for the MBP Favicon plug-in, I was getting the feeling that you would only get to select from a series of pre-made icons. After getting into the control panel, my suspicions almost held up.
Yes, those are premade favicons. They’re pretty generic, to say the least, but it’s arguably better to use some sort of favicon rather than no favicon at all. Thankfully, you have two other options for your blog’s favicon as well.
You can either upload a favicon from your computer or upload it from a URL. The best part of this is that the file you upload doesn’t have to have the .ico extension. When I tried uploading a 125 x 125 JPEG image file for my fighting games blog, it actually worked! The plug-in will automatically resize the image file and convert it to the appropriate format. That’s pretty nifty.
An Easy Way to Brand Your Blog
Branding is very important if you want to make money blogging. Even if you don’t, you probably want your blog to stick out from the crowd and a custom favicon is one of the easiest things you can do to help your blog rise to the top. Think about when you’re browsing through your bookmarks, for example. The sites with favicons jump out at you, while the ones without favicons tend to get ignored.