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Monday, November 3, 2008


Add Favicon icon to your website URL- little icons appear next to the web addresses. It is an icon displayed before the website address in the URL field instead of the Internet Explorer icon or the globe icon in Firefox.

Which browsers are favicons compatible with ?
Most versions of the major browsers support favicons. Some examples include Internet Explorer 5/6/7+, Firefox 1/2+, Mozilla 1/2+, Netscape 7+, Opera 7+, Avant 1.1, Konqueror 3+, Safari and many more.

The main advantage of using the favorite icon or the favicon is that you can make your Favorites entry much easier to locate. It also gives you a professional cutting edge. However Favicon has its own limitations. Only new versions of Internet Explorer display icon in the Favorites listings and also in the address bar.

For a webmaster there are three main advantages to using the favicon.ico 'trick'. Number one is that it helps brand your site with a nice little icon that is easily recognizable. Number two is that it makes your website more professional and cutting-edge. The third advantage is that your entry will stick out among all the others when a previous visitor scans through his or her favorites which is always a good thing as people can revisit your site.

Free online tool favicon generator:
1) FavIcon from Pics-first web tool for creating still and animated favicons from regular images.
2) Amanda Fazani Favicon Generator tool
-output favicons as PNG files rather than icons (with the .ico extension).
3) iconj-free favicon hosting, generator

Download the free IrfanViewer. This is an excellent and free graphics viewer that can not only display a huge variety of graphics formats, but also convert between them. You will need this to convert your graphics file to the ICO format that IE and Windows require.

@icon sushi
FREEWARE image to icon converter that supports the mask editor and the creation of Windows XP 32bit/Windows Vista format icons. Download Version 1.21 Installer [Feb 04, 2007]-System Requirements

- Tested on WinXP
- It is reported working on 98/ME/2000/NT.
- Need 16bit or higher system color depth. Homepage

Animated favicon from favicon generator:
Animated favicon generator tool @
Produce Gif,16X16 and 32X32 png file. Use IrfanViewer to convert to .ico extension if needed

Ceate an animated favicon ico by using animated gif.
A)Create or find animated gif form free animated gallery.
i)CoffeeCup GIF Animator allows you to create or edit Animated GIFs for your Web pages easily. Just open the software and it guides you through making great Animated GIFs in just a few simple steps. It's so easy ... anyone can do it. CoffeeCup GIF Animator can convert JPEG and BMP graphics to GIFs automatically, as well as import AVI files. There is also a floating Preview Window so you can see your Animation and Edit at the same time! Download ii) Free Animations and Clip Art @ gifanimations

B)Rename it to be favicon.ico.
C)Upload the favicon.ico file to your web site root folder (Your root is where your index page is located).
D)Copy and paste the following code to the section of your webpages:
< rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico">

Note: An animated favicon ico is currently not supported in Internet Explorer.

Where Web Host Doesn't Allow ICO Files, upload favicon image (with the .ico extension) to an external hosting account.
Image hosting services which support favicons upload:
1) iconj-free favicon hosting, generator
2) Oogletoogle
3) SholImages
4) PicPanda
5) ImageBoo
6) CDMazika
7) Ripway-free online storage page
& image hosting
Search engine based upon Favicon:

Original icon file (the 80px by 80px image) can also be used as a gravatar by signing up for an account at The website owner personally reviews and rates the icons so approval may take a few days. With a gravatar, your icon will be displayed beside your comments in gravatar-enabled websites.

See external link @ Favicons Made Easy!

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