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How to create a blank favicon on your WordPress site

If you’re constantly benchmarking new WordPress sites, especially fresh installs, it can be annoying as a missing favicon will generate a 404 error in speed testing tools.

But great news! If you already install our Perfmatters plugin as part of your regular workflow, we now have a simple option to generate a blank favicon on your site with just code (data). You can read more about this in our in-depth post on how to manually create a blank favicon.

Add a blank favicon

To add a blank favicon, follow the steps below.

If you already have a favicon on your site, you can leave this off.

Step 1

Click into the Perfmatters plugin settings.

Perfmatters plugin settings
Perfmatters plugin settings

Step 2

Make sure you’re on the “General” submenu.

Perfmatters General submenu
Perfmatters General submenu

Step 3

Scroll down and toggle on “Add Blank Favicon.”

Create blank favicon
Create blank favicon

Step 4

Scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

This will automatically generate code like the block below in the header of your WordPress site to fix the 404 error.

<link href="data:image/x-icon;base64,iVBORw0KGgoABIAAAAF0lEQVRIx2NgGAWjYBSMglEwCkbBSAcACBAAAeaR9cIAAAAASUVORK5CYII=" rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" />
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