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Top Tips For Your Favicon

Jan21

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2009/01/21 08:09 AM RssIcon

Favicon stands for "Favourites Icon". It's the little icon beside your site's name in the favourites list, and before the URL in the address bar, as a bookmarked website on the desktop, in the "Links" bar and on the windows taskbar.

What is a Favicon?

Favicon stands for "Favourites Icon". It's the little icon beside your site's name in the favourites list, and before the URL in the address bar, as a bookmarked website on the desktop, in the "Links" bar and on the windows taskbar.

Should I use a Favicon?

Favicons provide a visual way of identifying a site or brand. Favicons should not be taken lightly. They are an excellent way to help create brand awareness of your website, bring visitors to your website, and to keep bringing them back again. Most peoples bookmarks / favourites list is a very cluttered place. Having yours stand out with a nice graphical reminder of your site beside it is a good way to get their attention again.

How do I create a Favicon?

Favicons are images like any other. In actual fact they are a normal icon file 16x16, with a .ico extention. You can create a favicon using many of the icon creators available, or use your favourite graphics package. Most will have the ability to create favicons.

There are also a few online icon creators.

 Tips on Designing a Favicon

  • Keep it simple ­- use basic shapes
  • Use a limited colour palette, 256 windows standard
  • Avoid fine detail or lots of gradients
  • Keep it sharp ­and crisp avoid blurring.

Here is another articles entitled Using Favicon for your Blog or Website (Part 3) |Blogging for Good in the Modern World
that is specifically aimed at blogger blogs.

Do you have a favicon for your site or blog? Let us create one for you.

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