What is a favicon?

A favicon is the little icon that appears next to the title of a website in the address bar of a browser window. Below is the red and white checkered box of Purina's favicon. It happens to be a miniature version of their logo. Every website has the ability to display one. But not all business owners know how to change their favicon.

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Why is it called a Favicon?

The word “favicon” is a combination of the words “favorite” and “icon”; it's a portmanteau.

When was the favicon created?

The first favicon appeared in 1999 on a Microsoft Explorer 5 browser, which was the first browser to support this new icon. Today, every browser supports favicons.

Where does the favicon appear?

You'll find these little icons in your address bar of your browser window, in your browser history, and in your list of bookmarks.

What is a favicon used for?

It's an extension of your brand. Typically, favicons are just miniature versions of a company's logo. But they can be anything you want so long as they can be easily identified at their small size. A favicon enhances the user experience. If you chose not to customize your website's favicon, you'll 

50 Fantastic Favicons: Episode 9 – Smashing Magazine https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/50-fantastic-favicons-episode-9/

50 Fantastic Favicons: Episode 9 – Smashing Magazine https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/50-fantastic-favicons-episode-9/

What size is a favicon?

Favicons are always 16x16 pixels and they can be saved in the following file formats: ICO, PNG, GIF, animated GIFs, JPEG, APNG, and SVG.

How do I create a favicon?

Creating a Favicon is easy. As long as you have a logo ready to use, you won't need the help of a designer. Find the logo you want to use and upload it to this website. It will automatically generate a favicon file for you. Download it and follow the instructions for your Content Management System (CMS) to add the favicon to your website.

How do I change my favicon?

Every CMS is different. Click on the CMS that you use for your website and follow the instructions to update your Favicon:


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