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Set up your favicon

November 13, 2006

A favicon (short for “favorites icon”), also known as a page icon, is an icon associated with a particular website or webpage. Browsers that support favicons may display them in the browser’s URL bar, next to the site’s name in lists of bookmarks, and next to the page’s title in a tabbed document interface, such as Firefox.

Creating a favicon is not much difficult. Here’s a step by step guide

  • Create a16x16 pixel faviocn.bmp file using Adobe Photoshop, or Jasc’s Paint Shop Pro.
  • Reduce the colors to 16 colors.
  • Save your file to a Windows Icon Format (favicon.ico).*
  • Upload the file with FTP to the root section of your web site.
  • Open up index.html, and add this line after any meta tags in the HEAD section but before the </head>.
    • <link REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="">

Reload the page… and try adding it to your favorites or bookmarks. Once you’ve added it to the favorites, close the browser and then open it again, and return to the site? Does it show up now? It should! 🙂

* If you can’t save files in .ico format, download the plug-in for Photoshop here.

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    Any Idea where i can host .ico files for free, as my host does not provide this type of file hosting, or can we place a .gif or .png file ?

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      Well yes you can still use .gif or .png files. Just stick to 16 x 16 pixels and 16 x 16 x 16 colors.

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