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How to create a favicon for your website

Many sites on the net now add a Favicon to their website. It's a small image next to the browsers address bar that indicates your website. It's especially useful when your site gets bookmarked, because the favicon will show in the bookmarklist of your guest.

If you ever wondered how to add such an icon to your website, read about it here.

Create Favicon

First, you'll have to create an ICO file. There are several options you can use to create one. Just choose one to create the file.

  • If you have Adobe Photoshop, you can use this ICO plugin for Photoshop. Download the ICO (Windows Icon) Format and extract the ZIP-archive. Next, put the plug-in called ICOFormat.8bi in the following directory;
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Plug-Ins\File Formats\
    Now start up Photoshop and create a new file with the width and height of 16 x 16 pixels.
    Unleash your designing skills to create the Favicon and when you're done, go to "File", "Save as..." (Shift + Ctrl + S).
    Name your file "favicon.ico" and set the format to "ICO (Windows Icon) (*.ICO)".
  • Download MicroAngelo, Make-Icon or any other program that'll let you create ICO files (*NOTE*: You'll have to buy these programs).
  • Go to this website where you can upload an image and let the website create an ICO for you. Save this *.ICO file to your local harddisk.

Next, when you have your favicon.ico file, put it in your website root (same folder where your index-page is located). Now edit the content of that index-page in your favorite editor.

  • In the HEAD section of your index-page (between <HEAD>...</HEAD>), put the following HTML code:
    <LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="favicon.ico"/>

That's all! Make sure you update your index-page on your host and there you have it; your very own favicon on your website.

*Overall note:* The ICO file extention format was normally used by Internet Explorer 6. With modern browsers, you can also use PNG and GIF, but if you want to be sure it'll work, just use the ICO extension.

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