Monday, April 23, 2007

Generate & Use Favicons

A few days ago I posted about how to put a favicon into a Blogger blog. That's all well and good, but what if you don't know what a favicon is? And what if your web site isn't a blog? And what if it is a blog, but it's not a Blogger blog? OK, calm down.

A favicon is a icon, like the ones on your computer desktop, except that it's a special icon that shows up in your browser's address bar and on your Firefox tabs when you view a web site. If you don't have one on your site, or if it's a generic one that comes with your blog, well, you just look silly. No, that's not true, but your site won't stand out and be "you."

So, you have a web site and you'd like to have your own favicon. What do you do? Head on over to Favicon from Pics, where you can upload any picture from your hard drive and generate your favicon.ico (that's what it must be named for your browser to pick it up). Then download the resulting favicon. Next, upload the favicon.ico file to the /public_html/ directory of your web site. (That's a whole other thing...if you don't know how to do that, consult with your web site's host.) That's it! Now go enjoy what you have wrought.

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