How to Create a Favicon for Your Web Site
Ever see those little custom icons next to a web site listing in your favorites folder or on your browser address bar? Have you ever wondered how to create one for your own site? Well I'm going to teach you in this article.
The icons are called "Favicons", a contraction of the phrase "favorite icons". To see an example, go to www.searchenginecollege.com and bookmark the site (or add to your "favorites" list). Now close your browser window and open a new one. Click on your bookmarked sites or favorites list and find the site you just bookmarked. See the tiny mortarboard graphic next to the listing? That's a Favicon. It makes the site stand out from all the others in your favorites list. If you click on that site, the Favicon will even load next to the URL in your browser address bar from now on.
Cool huh? Like to create a Favicon for your own site? It's easier than you think. Here's what you do:
If you can't seem to make it work or you're short on time, you can use a free icon converter like Image Icon Converter to convert your graphic to an icon or use an icon editor such as ImageAuthor to build your icon from scratch.
6) To test your finished Favicon, get a friend or colleague to bookmark your site and then open a new browser window. You can bookmark your own site but you generally only get one attempt at this so it's best to save it for when you are sure you're happy with your finished Favicon. Alternatively, dump your cache and open a new browser window between tries.
If you did it correctly, you should see your shiny new Favicon appear in your favorites list next to your site listing and also next to your URL in the address field of your browser.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Article by Kalena Jordan, one of the first search engine optimization experts in Australia, who is well known and respected in the industry, particularly in the U.S. As well as running her own SEO business, Web Rank, Kalena manages Search Engine College, an online training institution offering instructor-led short courses and downloadable self-study courses in Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing subjects.