Blog Topic #10: What’s a Favicon?

A favicon or “fave-icon” a small iconic style image that represents a website. Most often found on the address bar of your browser, but can used for bookmarks and feeds as well. It generally follows your logo, website theme or color palette so that user can quickly recognize and associate it.

What is needed? Usually Microsoft ICO format is used but most modern browsers can recognize png gif and jpf formats as a favicon. The Microsoft ICO format will work across all browsers. The ICO file also fits multiple sizes into one file, it useful in preventing bad scaling(like a website shortcut on a desktop). Sizes are 16×16, 32×32, 48×48 and the larger 64×64/128×128.

While there are many ways to create a favicon the easiest is through websites like where you upload the final image you want as a icon. You can crop further using the linked tool and then export as ICO or PNG. Simple as that.

It is best practice to upload the ICO file in the root directory as a browser can find it automatically, but! don’t rely on that method. Instead you can tell the browser where to find it:

<link rel=“shortcut icon” href=“/favicon.ico” type=“image/x-icon” />

Make sure the href points to the location of the ICO file. That’s it! you now have a Favicon.


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