What Is the Way to Make a Favicon?


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A favicon can be made using an image or graphics editing application, such as Pixelmator, GIMP or Photoshop. There are also several online applications that can be used to generate a favicon for free. The standard size for a favicon is 16 by 16 pixels.

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The favicon should also be saved as an *.ico file. The *.ico format is preferred because it is compatible with all browsers and more than one favicon can be saved in an *.ico file. Once the favicon has been created, it should be uploaded to the root directory of the server or whichever directory the index file of the website is located.

The favicon is a graphic representation of the contents of a website and it is often used when the website is bookmarked. Web browsers also use them on tabs, in the URL bar and any other place the website needs to be represented graphically. For this reason, the favicon should be a clear graphical image designed to match the site's content.

When the favicon is being designed, focus should be placed on the simple letters or images; most commonly the logo mark for the organization. The color of the favicon should also closely match that of the website; this allows readers to easily associate the icon with the website.

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