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October 20, 2009

I have been making and using favicons for my websites now for some time, and up to now, it hasn’t been a particularly easy process. The other day I found a wonderful website that has a favicon script to do it for you in one easy step!

Favicons for Google, MSN, PayPal, & Yahoo!

What is a Favicon? A favicon ( an abbreviation for favorites icon ) is a tiny image that is displayed next to the Address Bar in your browser. The image to the right shows how a well-designed favicon can be easily recognized, even though it is only 16px by 16px. Can you identify these four?

A favicon allows you to “brand” your website so it becomes recognizable to your viewers. In most browsers, your favicon will also show up next to your website in the Favorites or Bookmarks menu, so people can quickly spot your site.

All you need to do to create a favicon is go to Favicon from Pics, where there is a form for you to enter the image you want to use. Then just click the button, and “shazaam” … your favicon is right there in front of you!

The ZIP file that you download contains easy-to-understand instructions for placing it on your website, and also has links to get help ( you won’t need this ). There is even a favicon validator. You may need this, since some browsers don’t show your favicon right away, so validation will let you know if you’ve installed it correctly.

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1 Comment »

  1. You are the professor indeed. Thank you very much I’ll implement it in my blog.

    Comment by T M Allen — October 22, 2009 @ 7:10 am

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