A couple of weeks later than intended, a brief update on the site icon functionality which has been touted as a potential feature for 4.3. The site icon functionality aims to provide an admin (and super admin) UI User interface (via the Customizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings., at least initially) for users to upload an icon which is then output as a favicon and associated touch icons, while also allowing themes or plugins to re-use the icon in other places as they see fit.
The existing header The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. image control in the Customizer (and its corresponding functionality on the old
custom-header screen) provides a means for uploading a header image and then cropping it to the desired size. Unfortunately this control is fairly tightly coupled with the header image functionality, and therefore extending it for use with the site icon control has meant duplicating a lot of code.
It’s looking more and more like #29211 should be tackled before the site icon functionality, in order to avoid this duplication and in order to allow other controls to provide a croppable image upload (such as for background images in #32403).
Due to my limited availability to work on the site icon feature in the coming weeks, I think it would be worthwhile instead focusing on #29211 and the introduction of an abstracted control that supports image cropping, which can then be used for the site icon and custom background controls.
The current non-working site icon feature plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. can be found in this repo on GitHub. It uses considerable code from the custom header image control. If someone wants to take that and run with it that would be great, or if someone wants to tackle #29211 instead, that would be great too.