What is a Favicon?

A Favicon is a graphic created by a graphic or web designer which, in supported web browsers, displays in the address bar or at the beginning of an individual tab. The Favicon image may also display next to a bookmark or history entry.

The Favicon image must be either 16 x 16 pixels, or 32 x 32 pixels in size. The image format should be either PNG, GIF, or ICO. Some browsers support animated Favicons, however it is recommended that these be avoided or set not to repeat. A repeating animated GIF could become distracting and, ultimately, be undesired by the end user.

Example Favicon Display in tabs:

Favicon Examples

Favicon Examples

Example Favicon Implementation:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="https://www.bellinghamwp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/favicon.ico" />

Code must be placed in between the opening and closing  <head>  tags.

For more in-depth Favicon information visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favicon.

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Coding, Digital Image Formats, Graphic Design, Website Design, and Website Development.

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Rick D'Haene is a web developer, specializing in WordPress, with a degree in graphic and website design. Rick has extensive knowledge of internet marketing and organic search engine optimization (SEO). He and his lovely wife Melissa reside in Bellingham, Washington, and have a few fun pets to keep them company.

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