Favicon - create a favicon and make your website stand out
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Favicon - make your website stand out

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News and Article index page The favicon is a small image file that displays next to the URL area of your Internet browser. It may also be called a shortcut icon, url icon, or a bookmark icon.

Many sites use a favicon, particularly if the site has been built professionally, however creating a bookmark icon is so easy, there is no reason why every website should not display its own unique icon.

You can see the justweb™ favicon below:


In the browser, the favicon basically just adds a little "pizzazz" to your site, as you can see from the image above.

bookmark icon However, another important reason to use a favicon (or bookmark icon) becomes apparent in the image to the right.

This is a bookmark, or favourites list using the Mozilla Firefox browser as an example. Note how Google, E*Trade and justweb™ stand out because they have their own branded icons, but bookmarks above and below those three sort of blend in with the rest of the links?

A favicon can be animated as well, however it is not recommended to loop the animation as it may become distracting or annoying to the viewer.

There are a number of ways to create your own favicon such as the numerous few online services that enable you to build a custom icon using your own image file, or simply from scratch with drawing tools. Two online examples are:

If you are comfortable working with graphics, or at least want to give it a try, you can download some very flexible and free software called IrfranView. The software has many more uses other than creating icons, so download it and give it a try. Click the image below to check out their website.

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