Techie Tricks for your site

Updating

Sometimes it’s challenging to keep things updated. Opt to take the dates off things that you’re concerned will look outdated – like your Twitter feed, for example. However, if the message is about something seasonal or clearly in the past, it’ll look just as bad. Timeless messages can be a good choice for your homepage, like, “You are welcome to our church!” Always true.

If your server has PHP installed (which includes everybody who uses WordPress), make any mentions of the current year automatic. It’s wasteful to have someone spend their time going around changing all of the 1972′s to 1973′s after New Years. For example, your copyright statement should say:

&copy; <?php echo date('Y');?> First Church of Prairieville

That needs to go in something like a footer.php file, not on a regular .html page.

Favicon

A “favicon” is the little image that appears next to your site name in the tab where it is open (or the bookmarks/favorites). It’s easy to turn an image into a favicon for your site. Choose an image that’s small with very little detail – pictures of people won’t work. The smaller the original image, the better

  1. Upload the picture at http://www.favicon.cc.
  2. Make the changes you need. The image will become 16×16 pixels, so when Favicon.cc shrinks it down, you may need to do some touch-ups.
  3. Download the new file right below where you made the changes. You may notice that the file extension is .ico, not .jpg or.png anymore. It must be in this file format to work – and often time when you think you have converted the file to a .ico, it is not quite right (and thus won’t show up in Internet Explorer). That’s why I suggest going through Favicon.cc.
  4. Make sure the file is named favicon.ico and upload it to the root directory of your site. If you have a WordPress site, don’t upload it through the WordPress interface and don’t put it in the wp-content folder. Do it through FTP, and put it in the top or www folder.
  5. That’s it. Refresh your page if you have your site open and you should see the favicon. You may need to clear your Temporary Internet Files if you’re using Internet Explorer.

If that doesn’t work, and you can edit your site’s HTML, try pasting

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://www.example.com/favicon.ico" />

into the <head> tag (found in the header.php file on WordPress), replacing www.example.com with your domain.

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