A favicon is a small icon or image that appears in the browser tab of a website. Having a favicon for your website means that your website will appear to load more quickly in a web browser. In addition to making your website appear more responsive and agile, favicons can also be used to represent your brand on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. This article will teach you how to add a favicon to your website so you can take advantage of this useful web development tool.
The Benefits Of Adding A Favicon
There are several benefits to adding a favicon to your website. Here are just a few of them.
- It’ll make your website look more ‘user-friendly’ to potential customers.
- It’ll make your website appear more established and trustworthy.
- Search engines will associate your website with valuable content and higher-quality websites.
- Having a favicon will increase your sites’ discoverability on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
- It’ll make it easier for your users to navigate your website.
- Favicons are small and light, which means that adding them to your website won’t significantly increase your site’s load time.
How To Add A Favicon
Adding a favicon to your website is actually very straightforward. All you need is the Google Favicon Envy tool and a couple of minutes of your time.
There is also one more step to follow after adding the favicon, which is replacing the browser’s default icon with your own. You can use a tool like Hello Fresh to help you with this process. Once you’ve added your favicon, all you need to do is replace the browser’s default icon with your own by following the instructions in the next section.
The Easiest Way To Add A Favicon
The easiest way to add a favicon to your site is to use the Google Favicon Envy tool. Favicon Envy is a free tool that automatically generates a favicon for you when you log in. To add the favicon, all you need to do is paste the URL of your site (like https://www.hellofresh.com) into the URL field and click ‘generate’.
The generated favicon will appear at the top of the page.
That’s it! You can now take advantage of the Google Favicon Envy tool to automatically generate a favicon for your site. You can also replace the browser’s default icon with your own by following the instructions in the next section.
The Importance Of Replacing The Default Icon
The default icon (also known as the system icon, splash screen icon, or splash image) is the small image that appears in the upper left hand corner of a web browser when a website is opened. For example, if you visit Twitter and click on the gear icon, you’ll see the Twitter logo as the default icon. When a website starts up, the browser will look for and attempt to load the default icon in order to provide the user with an idea of what the site is about. Having a default icon for your website can be useful because it’ll make it easier for visitors to understand what the site is about without having to click on a link or search for information.
If you have a specific icon you’d like to use instead of the default one, you can easily do so by following the steps below.
Simply Replace The Default Icon
As mentioned above, the default icon is the icon that appears in the upper left hand corner of a web browser when a website is opened. In some instances, this icon can be one of the most recognizable images on a website. For example, if you’d like to use an image of a kitten or dog instead of the default Google icon, you can quickly and easily do so by following these simple steps:
- Log in to your Google account.
- Click on the icon that looks like a cloud with a stick figure in it.
- Click on the ‘+’ icon next to the PDF icon.
- Select the ‘Download a.ICO file’ option.
- Save the file where you keep your website’s icons.
- Open the downloaded.ICO file in a text editor.
- Locate the section titled ‘#Defaults#’ in the.ICO file and replace the ‘#’ with a ‘!’
- Save the.ICO file and close it.
- That’s it! You now have a custom icon for your website.
As you can see in the example above, you simply need to replace the ‘#’ symbol with a ‘!’ in order to change the default icon for your website to whatever you’d like. When a website starts up, the browser will attempt to load the modified default icon and your website will appear to be a completely bespoke creation.
The Importance Of The Final Step
The last step in adding a favicon to your site is to replace the browser’s default icon with your own by following these simple steps:
- Log in to your Google account.
- Click on the gear icon at the top right of the screen.
- Click on the ‘Default site’ option.
- Click on the ‘Set as Icon’ option.
- Select the ‘Download’ option.
- Click on the ‘Choose File’ button.
- Navigate to your downloaded.ICO file and click on it to open it in a text editor.
- Locate the section titled ‘#Defaults#’ and click on it to go to the next one.
- Click on the ‘#’ symbol and then select the ‘Replace with’ option. Then, click on the ‘Browse’ button and locate and select your own icon.
- Click on the ‘OK’ button to commit the change and close the image editor dialog box.
- That’s it! You now have a favicon for your website.
As you can see in the example above, you’ll need to go through these steps to replace the default icon on your website with a favicon you’ve created. Make sure when you replace the default icon, you use the same filename as the generated.ICO file so that the browser doesn’t mistake it for another file.
Where Can I Use My Favicon?
There are many places where you can use your favicon. You can use it on your blog or website to represent the author’s brand, on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to represent your brand, and on some email marketing platforms like HubSpot to indicate the subject of an email.
As mentioned above, replacing the default icon on your website with a favicon is a very simple process. However, you should only do this if you’re positive that the new icon represents your brand. If you have a question about whether or not a particular icon is suitable for your website, feel free to contact the website’s hosting provider or search engine optimization (SEO) consultant.