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A Favorite Icon is the icon which appears next to a favorite in your favorites menu and only works on Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher.
It must be called favicon.ico and can only be 16x16 pixels with 16 colours
How to make a Favorite Icon
You will need a graphic editing program to make you Icon
open up your Icons program
create a new 16x16 pixel icon with 16 colors and save it as favicon.ico
Upload the file to the root directory of your website eg http*://www.yoursitename.com/
If you don't have access to the root directory, then you will have to add the following code in each of your webpages:
<link rel="SHORT CUT" href="http*://www.yoursitename.com/favicon.ico">
place this in the head of your webpage
just before the body tag
<link rel="SHORT CUT" href="http*://www.yoursitename.com/favicon.ico"></head><body>
Hope this helps
I found 148 instances of 404 errors for favicon.ico. I have IE 6.0 and I'm able to bookmark my site with no problem. I don't have favicon.ico in my root. I can add it by hitting favorites, add . . .or by hitting my "Bookmark Us" text link which runs a JS to bookmark my site.
Also, I looked at all my favorites and they all have the IE "e" icon next to them. If I bookmarked a site that did have favicon.ico would I see that icon instead of the IE icon?
Edit - Just did a Google search and found some links to articles that explain this further. Off to read more...
Look at your logs and check how many requests for favicon.ico you had, this will give you a rough idea of how many people bookmarked your site.
That did work at one time in the past. However a lot of current/modern browsers request favicons all the time.
However I am not really sure I understand how this statistic can be useful?
However a lot of current/modern browsers request favicons all the time.
I don't think it is "a lot", for example, on a site I have:
- 2500 visitors
- 51 favicon requests
If many browsers requested the favicon.ico, log requests for it would be a lot higher.
Does anyone know which browsers request the favicon?