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Favorites icon generator

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday August 11, 2007 )

Looking for an easy way to create a favorites icon, aka a favicon, for your web site? This handy generator will do the trick!

Free to use, the Dynamic Drive favicon generator is a snap to use and has the added option of creating a 32×32 and 48×48 desktop icon – all combined in the single favicon.ico file.

In case you don’t know the function of a favorites icon, it’s a 16×16 pixel image that is shown in a browser address bar when your site loads. If the visitor adds you to their browser favorites list, the icon will appear there also. Implementing a favorites icon is an easy way to have your site stand out in a list of bookmarks.

You should be able to see TTB’s favicon displaying in your browser address bar now, but it can sometimes be a hit and miss affair with Internet Explorer.

Some browsers pick up on the existence of a favicon.ico file automatically, others need a helping hand – which is just a matter of adding the following code between the HEAD tags in your page source code:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico"> <link rel="icon" type="image/ico" href="/favicon.ico">

.. the above is assuming you store the favicon.ico file in your web site’s root documents folder.

There’s other ways to create a favorites icon – my own tutorial also includes a simple cross browser compatible bookmarking script to help encourage your visitors to add your site to their favorites.


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