What is a Favicon?

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What is a Favicon?

A favicon is a small picture that represent a person, a user on a website, or even a website itself.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, so if you take a look at the picture within this post you will see a collection of favicons.  On a website, the favicon usually appears on the tab above the URL and domain name.  On our blog, it's the orange "B" that stands for "Blogger".  In Google Gmail, the Favicon is the little picture you see when you log in to your web-mail.  If you don't see a picture, then you probably haven't uploaded one yet.

Wikipedia describes the Favicon as:
A favicon /ˈfævɪkɒn/ (short for Favorite icon), also known as a shortcut icon, Web site icon, tab icon or bookmark icon, is a file containing one or more small icons, most commonly 16×16 pixels, associated with a particular Web site or Web page. A web designer can create such an icon and install it into a Web site (or Web page) by several means, and graphical web browsers will then make use of it. Browsers that provide favicon support typically display a page's favicon in the browser's address bar (sometimes in the history as well) and next to the page's name in a list of bookmarks. Browsers that support a tabbed document interface typically show a page's favicon next to the page's title on the tab, and site-specific browsers use the favicon as a desktop icon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favicon 
The description adds that such icon files can be 16×16, 32×32, 48×48, or 64×64 pixels in size, and 8-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit in color depth. The ICO file format article explains the details for icons with more than 256 colors on various Microsoft Windows platforms.

A Google search for Favicon will result in several thousand listings, the bulk of which being "generators"....websites that will automatically create Favicons for you, your account or website.  While there is generally no leader or website to recommend, it should be noted that most platforms have several standard Favicons to choose from AND allow you to upload your own.  Wordpress.com for example allows bloggers to choose from several preset Favicons.

For more info see other great articles: "What is Favicon.ico and How to Create a Favicon Icon for Your Website" by Christopher Heng, thesitewizard.com and "Creating a Favicon" by Wordpress.org

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Author: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your Website, Social Media, SEO or other online/technology needs, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

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