Have you noticed how many websites have a small icon on the tab in your browser? Often this will be a logo, the first letter of the name of the website, or some other graphical visualization.
This icon (called a favicon) not only helps with the branding of a website – but it also makes it easier for a visitor to instantly see which tab in their browser is for a specific website.
Would you like a favicon for your site? (of course you do…rhetorical question)
You can – and it is really fast and easy to do!
Create the favicon
The classic icon is 16×16 pixels so be mindful of what graphic you use for this. If the graphic has several letters or intricate details these might be lost when the image is being resized.
The filetype .ico that we will be using accepts transparency, so you can use a PNG with a transparent background if you want – in fact most do go for this option.
The easiest way to turn your image into the .ico filetype is to use one of the free online favicon converters, such as https://www.favicon-generator.org/. Simply upload your file and it will generate your icon for you. Save the file as favicon.ico to your computer.
Add the icon to your site
Upload the favicon to the root folder of your website. Depending on your website you should find this in your file manager, or you could upload the file using FTP software.
Using WordPress? Many themes easily let you set a favicon in the Customize-section, so look for this.
If you don’t have that option you can download and install a plug-in such as Favicon by RealFaviconGenerator (but there are several other plug-ins that do the same thing). They will then let you set your favicon from within the plug-in.
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