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  • I’ve read all the previous posts on this subject and still I have a problem on 2 of my recent sites. In the past I’ve just put the favicon in the root directory (I also put one in the theme too) and they’ve worked. Always in FF and IE.

    However, I can’t get it to work now. I’ve added code to header.php to see if this helped and even followed Microsoft’s recommendation for the code. Cleared cache and tried on different computers. Nothing in IE.

    The code I added is:
    <link rel=”icon” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘siteurl’); ?>/favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon” />
    <link rel=”icon” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘siteurl’); ?>/favicon.ico” type=”image/” />
    <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘siteurl’); ?>/favicon.ico” />

    I started with one line and then after reading more online I added the other two lines just in case. I’ve tried variations of just one line and so on. Microsoft refers to the last one.

    The site is The favicon is there if I go to

    The same thing on another site I did two weeks ago. FF okay and nothing in IE.

    Can anyone offer any other ideas?
    Many thanks,

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  • I checked in IE9, Chrome and Firefox and it works.

    It may be a problem with cache in your browser. Delete your cache and try again. Did you try to go to : and hit F5 key on Windows or (cmd + R on Mac) ? Do you see it ?


    Hi Maxime,

    Thanks so much for you very quick reply.
    Yes, I’ve hit F5 so many times I’ve worn the letters off! I cleared my cache, history, cookies everything I could clear I did. As I said, I tried it on a different computer that had not been to the site before and still nothing in IE.

    The strange thing is, in the past I’ve just popped the favicon in the root and that’s it. It’s worked. I haven’t added any code in header.php. I did this time thinking it would work.
    Anyway, thanks to you, I at least know it’s out there even if I and the client can’t see it!

    Thanks, again,

    IE is flaky. Sometimes the favicon appears, sometimes it does not.

    I’ve noticed this with any website…. including all of mine, and even this site (

    I’ve known it take up to a week for a favicon to show. Hard refreshes have absolutely no effect. In fact, I’ve yet to find a way to force a new favicon to show up in IE or Firefox.

    Thanks, Rev. Voodoo and Esmi,

    The next question is, why did it not show when I went to another computer that had NOT been to the site before (so no cache issue) and couldn’t see it when PlugPress could see it?

    Could this be a propagation issue? I’m in Canada and the hosting is in the US. Where is PlugPress?

    Oh, PlugPress is in Montreal. Just down the road from Toronto.

    I’ve not yet nailed down what is controlling the favicon display – browser or server cache. so the only suggestion I an offer is to wait a few days and don’t worry too much in the meantime. If you do find a way to force a favicon refresh, do let us know.

    Surely, it has nothing to do with propagation.

    I know that the best place to put your favicon is directly at the root of your site. (e.g.

    That said, the favicon is not a big deal!

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    IE stores the favicons in the Temporary Internet Files cache by default.

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