How to Change the Icon of the Website Tab on WordPress?

The WordPress website icon is usually defined in the style.css file of your child theme. You can change the entire appearance of your website’s header by editing this one simple line of CSS.

You’ll usually find three icons in your WordPress header:

  • A logo for your company/website
  • An icon for your website’s social media accounts
  • The WordPress website icon

The first one is the logo for your company/website. This one is easy to change. Just go to the Appearance section of your dashboard and click on the Custom CSS link. You’ll see an area where you can enter your custom CSS. This is where you’ll make all the changes to your website’s logo.

The second one is the icon for your website’s social media accounts. This one is a bit trickier to change. While it is possible to edit the logo defined in the style.css file, you’ll usually find four separate CSS files that you’ll have to edit individually to change the appearance of this element.

The first one is wordpress.css, which is the file that defines the general style of your WordPress website. You’ll usually find this file in the content of your WordPress folder.

The second one is reading.css, which is the file that defines the appearance of the Reading List and Bookmark widgets that you may have installed on your site.

The third one is twentytwenty.css, which is the file that defines the appearance of the Twenty Twenty widget that you may have installed on your site.

The fourth one is video.css, which is the file that defines the appearance of the Video and YouTube widgets that you may have installed on your site.

Be careful when editing these files because you’re changing the entire look and feel of your website. Make sure you know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. These are the most commonly used files in a WordPress website so you’re basically changing the default styling of your site when you edit them. For that reason, it’s always a smart idea to test your edits in a test device or temporary server before making live changes. This will ensure that everything looks the way you want it to look and that no unexpected bugs arise.

How to Change the Website Icon on WordPress?

To change the website icon on WordPress, follow these steps.

  1. Open the style.css file for your child theme in a text editor such as Notepad.
  2. Locate the header section of this file and you’ll see a line that looks like this:
  3. #site-title { font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: 400; font-size: 21px; line-height: 28px; letter-spacing: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: #333333; }
  4. Change the font-family, font-weight, font-size, line-height, letter-spacing, text-decoration, and color values in this line to change the logo of your site. Then save the file.
  5. Go to the Dashboard section of your WordPress dashboard and click on the Appearance tab to see the various options that you have for changing the look of your site.
  6. Under the Header section of the Appearance tab, you’ll see a drop-down menu that allows you to choose an icon for your site. In order to choose an icon, you’ll need to click on the Choose button. A modal panel will then appear with various logo options for your site. Simply click on the one you want and then click on the Update button at the top of the panel to save your selection.
  7. Repeat this step for the other two icons in your WordPress header (the social media icons and the WordPress icon).

The Anatomy of a WordPress Header

A WordPress header is made up of three primary elements:

  • The Site Title, which appears at the top of the page. This is usually the name of your site or blog. If you use a free website hosting service like, the site name that you see here is automatically generated so you don’t have to worry about typos (misspelled words).
  • The Logo, which appears in the center of the page (it’s usually a symbolic representation of your brand or company).
  • The Tagline, which appears below the logo in smaller text. This is a short phrase or sentence that helps define your brand.

The Site Title is defined in the head section of your HTML document, while the Logo and Tagline are defined in the header section.

Tips for Choosing a Suitable Icon

Once you’ve chosen an icon for your site, make sure that you keep it consistent throughout your site. This means using it in all your web content, including:

  • Your blog posts
  • Your website’s menu (including the sub-menu items)
  • Your website’s toolbar (including the search box)
  • Any other element that you might use to represent your brand

The other important thing to keep in mind when choosing an icon is that it should be easy to identify. This means that your chosen icon should stand out among your competitors. It should also match the rest of your brand identity, including your website’s style and design. This is why it’s important to test your chosen icon in digital forms (e.g., mockups) before using it on your site.

Testing In Digital Form

As we mentioned before, testing your chosen icon is very important. While it’s always great to see how a design looks on a real device, there’s nothing quite like seeing how a design looks on a digital mockup first. This will allow you to see how the design flows on a laptop or desktop screen and how it looks when enlarged.

To test your icon in digital form, you can use a service like Wirecutter, which is a free browser extension that allows you to test designs anywhere on a webpage. Just click on the Wirecutter icon (it looks like a pair of scissors) to see a small flag icon in the upper right corner of your browser window.

When you visit a website that you’ve linked to via Wirecutter, you’ll see a small icon in the upper right corner of your browser window. When you click on this icon, you’ll see a digital mockup of the site on your screen. You can then simply click on any element and/or click on the “Try it!” button to see how the design looks on a digital device (e.g., a laptop or desktop computer).

This way, you’ll be able to see how a design looks on a website before making a decision about using it on your site. Plus, you can have confidence that the design will look the same (or very close to it) when used on a real device as it does when viewed on a digital device.

Another service that you may want to try out is IcoMoon. With this tool, you can upload any logo (in PNG or SVG format) and have it transformed into a fully functioning icon. This way, you won’t have to worry about choosing an appropriate logo and/or having to work with a designer to have it incorporated into your website.

Additional Resources

If you’re looking for more information on web design and development, check out the following resources.