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What is that little doohicky icon called?

How is that little doohicky icon coded?

     
4:59 am on Jun 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How do you make that little icon that shows up on some sites next to their domain address? I remember reading about it last year on this site, but I can't find it now, cause I don't know what I'm looking for without knowing it's name! Thanks in advance.
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favicon is what you want
6:00 am on June 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah. Google for favicon. There are some utility programs out there that will help you make your own.
Once made (its a small file) you send it up into your root directory, right along with your index page.

If you check your access_logs, you will probably see 404 errors where
somebody tried to download favicon.ico and couldn't find it. -Larry

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"upload it to your root directory...." + you'll need put this within your page head tags <link rel="shortcut icon" href="favicon.ico">

Try irfanview for making icons.

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google for png2ico. It's a free dos command-line program that converts .png's . . . to icons.

An icon is not an ordinary image file. It's layers of at least two images in varying resolutions - I use 16 X 16 and 32 x 32. png2ico converts them to favicons.

Put them in the root of your directory and in each sub-directory and it will kill the entries in your error logs for favicon.ico (the browsers request it, not users.) Add the code mentioned above to your web pages. You may need to bookmark the site at least once for the favicon to show up in the address bar. Sometimes it doesn't stick at all. :-)

If you have transparency issues with the favicon, play around with the alpha settings in .png, I can't remember exactly how I did it but you can get transparency to work with them.

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...you can get transparency to work with them...

You can also use index transparency if you convert the icon file from a gif, if that helps?