Please note that this post will only show you to remove Joomla’s default favicon from your website. Check this post on how to add a favicon to your Joomla website.
Many Joomla websites still have the default Joomla’s favicon (favorite icon). Of course, they don’t have it by choice, they have it because Joomla, by default, adds this favicon to any new Joomla website. Here’s how (the much disliked) Joomla’s favicon looks like:
Now how you can remove the Joomla’s favicon from your website once and for all?
In order to do so, you need to do the following (this is the easiest and most straightforward way and it always works):
- Go to your public website (such as yourjoomlawebsite.com).
Right click anywhere on your homepage, and then click View Page Source if you are on Firefox or Chrome, or click on View Source if you are on IE. Once you do that, a new page opens containing the HTML source code of your website.
Now search for the word shortcut icon in your HTML source, and you will find a line like the following:
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://www.yourjoomlawebsite.com/some-directory/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />
FTP to your website, and then go to the some-directory folder, and then delete the favicon.ico file.
Delete the cache.
You’re done! Please note that Firefox caches the favicons, and it does take it a while for it to refresh the cache. As far as we know, there is no easy way to force Firefox to refresh the cache for favicons. So, make sure that you test your website on Chrome first in order to check that the favicon has been successfully removed.
Now, you might be also wondering how to remove the favicon for the administrator’s part of Joomla (Joomla’s backend). If you want to do that, then you can just go to http://www.yourjoomlawebsite.com/administrator instead of http://www.yourjoomlawebsite.com/ and follow the steps above, or you can just delete the file favicon.ico located under /public_html/administrator/templates/khepri/.