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What plugin do i need to save to a favicon.ico format?

It is true that you can use Photoshop plugins to make a favicon for your website as well as any other graphic software (Gimp works just fine) but it is much more easier to use Faviconer online generator to create the final .ico file. You can save image transparency and use full TrueColor palette. It is absolutely free, just give it a try!

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Favicon How To

Before answering questions concerning the main "Favicon How To" topic, let's clarify what a favicon icon means and why does all self-respectable websites and blogs need to create a favicon.ico.

A Favicon icon (aka Favorite icon, shortcut icon, web site icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon) - is a small 16x16 image in a special ICO format that is displayed:

  • next to the URL bar - the address of your website in the browser address bar
  • browsers tab - all modern browsers support tabs, your favicon icon displayed there.
  • "Favorites" or "Bookmarks" - next to the name of your website in these sections.

For what do we need to make favicon? This element of design is used to create an unique display of the site or blog in the browsers tab. Imagine that the user opens a lot of tabs and icon is the only possible way to identify your website. Surely, you noticed, that going to bookmarks section, you are looking for website not by its name, which is lost in the background of other bookmarks, but by an unique icon.

So, this is the favicon icon and we are going to explain you how to create favicon.ico by yourself. Beautiful icon makes the site unique, original, attracts attention of users, as well as makes the site more memorable.

How to add an image next to the site title?

We have added numerous tips and ideas for you on how you can create an attractive icon. Check the How to create a good icon and What you should keep in mind while using online ico maker.
In this article we are going to focus on a process itself. So let's start.

  • Creating: Draw new icon using the empty canvas, during the process check the small actual-sized preview. If you have a .GIF, .PNG or .JPEG image you'd like to convert to ico, simply upload it using the "Upload - Import Image" section of our website. After uploading you'll see the final icon canvas filled with colors, where you can edit each pixel, if needed. A good solution is to upload square pictures or 16x16 resized pictures to preserve the original aspect ratio (the image width and height proportions).
  • Convert and Download: Now, when you finished with editing you can process to converting the canvas to the .ICO file format. After generation you will be prompted to download the icon. Press "Download favicon" and save it to your computer.
  • Upload: The Favicon is ready, all you need to do is to upload it to your web-server in the "public_html" or "www" folder (site root directory) and link the uploaded icon to your website. Use the "FTP client" to transfer the file or use the cPanel directory manager. If you don't have any FTP client installed we recommend you to use FileZilla, versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X are available. After uploading make sure that the favicon is identified via the URI
  • Linking: All you need to do now is to help browsers locate the favicon file of your website. Use below code between <head>...</head> HTML tags:

    <link rel="icon" type="image/ico" href="/favicon.ico" />

Important: Simply changing the filename extension to .ico without converting it to an ICO file will result in an error and not displaying the favicon. Use Faviconer tool to make favicon online without installing additional software.