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Brand your websites url with a favicon - software


Have you ever noticed that when you look at your browser favorites menu or the attend to bar, some entries have their own hardly icon beside their URL?

It's called a "Favicon" (a clear file with a . ico extension) and it's located in the root address list of the web site. Everytime you bookmark a site that has its own favicon. ico file, it is added to your browser, and it will be evident from then on in the favorites menu and in the deal with bar.

At the beginning, only large websites had a favicon, but now you too can conceive one and use it to brand your website. The first thing you have to do is to conceive your favicon. To be displayed by browsers, it must have a size of 16x16 pixels. To construct one, you can use a graphics agenda called Icon Forge (you can download a free trial account in CNET):

http://download. com. com/3000-2195-10128559. html

You can each construct an icon from scratch, or import a 16x16 '. gif' or '. jpg' file and save it as a '. ico' file.

You will then have to save your icon with the duck name of 'favicon. ico', and upload it to the root address list of your website (where your index page is). Finally, after that, you must ally your icon to your web page. You do that by together with the next HTML code at once after the HEAD tag of your page:

link REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www. yourwebsite. com/favicon. ico"

Once you've done that, that's it. To try it out, go to your web page and add your page to your favorites. You must be able to see the favicon next to your bookmarked page title. Also, the next time you type your URL in the adopt bar, you will see your favicon to the left of the URL.

(Favicons work with Internet Surveyor 5 or newer, and with contemporary versions of Netscape. )


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Mario Sanchez lives in Miami, Florida, where he publishes The Internet Digest ( http://www. theinternetdigest. net ) a website and newsletter that gives you free guidance on web conceive and Internet marketing.

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