Please help me discern if it is me or the fact that a favicon on a "localhost" (home hard drive) will not allow a favicon. I think I put all the relative info below and all the solutions I've tried. Please be nice, this is my first thread (asking for help).
Problem: favicon not showing up on a "localhost/wordpress" install. We are completely testing our site of of 2 different computers on 2 different hard drives before we upload and go live. Everything (plugins, test posts, test comments,etc.), works etcept, adding a favicon.
Solutions tried: <link rel="shortcut icon" href="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/favicon.ico" />
yes I tried it this way also <link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://example.com/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />
Yes it was a real favicon.ico sized 16x16 pxl
my login is http://localhost/wordpress
I tried every folder that had images and the non-image folders too: see below
I tried all the favicon plugins such as, Admin Favicon, Blog Icons, Extended Options and others
I tried it in xampp which is installed working fine on both computers (vista) wp- v2.6.3
I tried the httdocs, wordpress file, wp-content, wp-admin, uploads, wp-includes, name the spot I've tried them all, obviously one at a time.
cache clearing everytime, system reboots
I read all 158 posts on the wp forum on favicons and all the favicon related docs and cut and pasted every possible code from everyones comments...nada.
Instead of an http:/example.com/favicon.ico our address to upload would look more like this :
yes the right code was cut and pasted in the header.php below <head> in the theme editor.
We are using the "Light" theme.
yes I have write permissions php changes do occur in code thru the editor for everything we have done to all other parts of the theme/blog
I am guessing that my problem is there is no traditional "root directory" like on a server and using "xampp lite" must be missing something or conflicting with the usual fixes. I'm having a little bit of the same problem with Post Avatar Plugin showing up when published, preview works, file is where it should be but doesn't work. I am fairly sure that everything else works "offline" and is testing well, we just have dozens of hours in trying to make this "favicon" work and it occurred to me that maybe not all plugins or normal functions work outside of a normal server.
Any help would be appreciated, you are the pro's and I am the dreaded newb! Gasp, I said it! Had I not tried every forum (all 158 threads on favicon) , doc, combo and file/location I would not be writing. I'm really hoping that you're going to tell me the xammp lite with a local host situation just does not have the complete programming to do the favicon but that we'll be fine once we go to the real server/.com version.
Thank you for your help and time,