A favicon is a small graphic (usually a colorful, simple image) that appears in the address bar of your browser when you enter a website’s URL. It represents the website’s branding and provides an indicator of what will happen when you visit that site. When a user clicks on a favicon, they usually expect to be taken to the site’s home page or a similar page (depending on the browser, of course). If the icon in question belongs to your company, then this is essentially an endorsement—someone is recognizing your brand and trusting it enough to take a chance on your website. It is also a good idea to have a look at the logos of your competitors to see what is popular and whether you should try to include something similar in your design.
To Add One to Your Site’s Address Bar, You Need to Do Three Things
Adding a favicon to your site’s address bar is easy and can be done in a few minutes. Before you start, you should know that the size of the image (usually either 64×64 or 72×72 pixels) matters. Smaller sizes will typically display in the address bar if the user’s browser is set to display those icons. However, larger images will always be displayed regardless of the browser’s settings.
Here is a basic guide to adding a favicon to your site’s address bar:
1. Find the Right Place on Your Website to Paste It
The first step will be to find the exact spot on your website where you want to add the icon. Most likely, you will find it at the top left or top right corner of your page. Now, you need to decide whether you want to add it to the address bar of your browser or leave it as a favicon displayed on your website’s home page. If you go with the second option, make sure that the graphic you choose is at least 512 bytes in size.
2. Add It to the Top Left or Top Right Corner of Your Website’s Body
Once you have found the right place on your website to paste the icon, you need to make sure that it is actually there. You can do this by simply going into your site’s body and cutting and pasting the icon into the designated space (top left or top right corner). You should leave at least a space of 12 pixels between the edges of the graphic you cut out and the side of the page. This will help ensure that it does not interfere with any links or text on the page. You also need to decide whether you want to add just the icon or whether you want to add the entire URL (web address) of the site. For our purposes here, we will assume that you want to add the URL and simply cut and paste it without any modification.
3. Modify Your Browser’s User Interface to Display the Fav Icon
Now that you have your URL pasted in the correct location on your website, you need to modify your browser’s user interface to make it easier for users to find and click on your image when it appears in their address bar. The first step will be to locate the tiny graphic you just pasted onto your website’s address bar. Ideally, it will be near the top left or top right corner of the page because that is where most people will look when they visit your site (assuming the icon is the only thing in the address bar).
Once you have found it, click on the icon and your browser’s interface should now display the URL you pasted (along with any other text or links on the page). At this point, the icon should be associated with your website and anyone who clicks on it will be taken to your website.
Adding A Favicon to Your Site’s Address Bar Is Easy
With the three steps above, adding a favicon to your site’s address bar is easy. Simply follow the instructions above and you will be able to add a tiny graphic of your choice to your site’s address bar. Of course, this will not always necessary be the case (if, for example, you paste the URL of a competitor’s website). However, as a general rule, keeping your website’s branding simple and sleek is the best way to go when it comes to user experience. In today’s world, people are becoming increasingly mobile so having a mobile-friendly website is more important than ever.