What is a Favicon?

A favicon is a small image that is used by a browser to show the image of the website being visited

Isn’t this similar to a logo?
Yes and no. A favicon acts like a logo in the sense that it brands your website.

A favicon though, is very small and is only used in a web browser. In fact, a favicon is usually only 16 pixels by 16 pixels, which is why they are usually very simple yet relevant to the overall look and feel of the website.

A favicon was first used by Internet Explorer to track favorites or bookmarks you created

The word itself is made of two words “favorite” and “icon.”
Favicons were also used to estimate website visitors by counting the number of bookmarks for a particular page.

Favicons are now an important part of the user experience. All major browsers use favicons in the browser address bar, link bar, bookmarking area, browser tabs, and even in a shortcut on your desktop. If you don’t have one, a generic one will appear instead and is not the best experience for the user visiting your website. Most online branding is a daunting and challenging task. A favicon is a simple and easy way to raise brand awareness.

How do you create a favicon?

You can use any image editors with an ico file extension save option.
There is an extension for Photoshop that you can download as well.

To make it even easier, there are many favicon generators out there

Simply upload an image and download the favicon file
One of our favorites is www.favicon-generator.org.

So I have a favicon

How do I use it?
Basically upload the image to your website, and link to it in the header.

Insert the proper code into the HEAD section of your website. Upload the favicon and the files with the added code to your server. Enjoy your new favicon.

Favicons are proof that great things come in small packages. They are small yet very effective from a user perspective, demonstrating attention to detail from a branding perspective. The bottom line is use and create favicons, and your website visitors and clients will appreciate this kind of detail and professionalism.

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