General Information

What is a favicon?
Favicon (pronounced fav-eye-con) is short for 'Favorites Icon.' A Favicon is a multi-resolution image included on nearly all professional developed sites. Within Internet Explorer the Favicon is displayed on the Address line and in the Favorites menu. The Favicon allows the webmaster to further promote their site, and to create a more customized appearance within a visitor's browser. Often, the Favicon reflects the look and feel of the web site or the organization's logo.

What is Favicon.com?
Favicon.com helps webmasters develop Favicons for their own sites, by providing a professional icon design service and by providing software for visitors who wish to build their own.

Where and when will our Favicon be seen?
The Favicon was first popularized by its appearance in the Address Bar and Favorites Folder using Internet Explorer and is now a prominent fixture of web browsers such as Mozilla and Netscape. Each web browser has a unique user interface, and as a result uses the Favicon in different ways. For additional detail, please look at our documentation on specific web browsers such as KONQUEROR, INTERNET EXPLORER, GALEON, and MOZILLA/NETSCAPE.

What is the quickest way to get a Favicon?
Let us do the work for you! Working from the look and feel of your web site, or any images you wish to provide, we will create a fabulous Favicon compliant with multiple browsers. After your order, you will be prompted to upload any images and/or comment on your preferences.

How do I have my Favicon professionally made?
Favicon.com is proud to offer professional Favicon design services to our visitors. For $75 we create a custom favicon based on the look and feel of your web site, or any image you would like us to work with. This price includes delivery of two distinct favicons, both including 256 color, 32x32 and 16x16 pixel designs. After you order, you will be immediately prompted to upload any images and to give us any guidelines for creating your icon. Typical delivery time is three-four business days. Upon delivery, you can request one set of revisions at no additional charge.

If you require a Favicon in less time, we offer an express service. For $125 we can delivery a Favicon in one business day. For more information, please email info@favicon.com.

What if I wish to make my Favicon on my own?
If you wish to create your own Favicon, you can use our free online editor. For more advance features, download Icon Forge - Favicon Edition or order a copy by mail.

What is an ico file?
An ico file is actually a repository of bitmap like images. They are used because in some locations a 16x16 pixel image is desired, and sometimes a 32x32 image may be needed. Sometimes a 16 color image is desired, and sometimes a 256 color icon is desired. This repository is scanned for the image size/color count appropriate for the location and the computer's color capability. If the image is not ideal, it may be compressed, expanded, and/or colors may be modified producing unexpected results.

Isn't an ICO file just a renamed BMP?
NO. Although some people have said an ico is a BMP, this is not true. Think of an ICO file as a repository of BMP images. It has its own format. If you have a 16x16 bmp you want to convert, use a program designed for the creation of favicons, or hire us to do it for you!

What other sites should I consider looking at?
MSDN Library - How to Add a Shortcut Icon to a Web Page from Microsoft


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Who is the current Favicon.com sponsor?
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I have some suggestions/updates for your site. What should I do?
If you have information or experiences that would be helpful to other visitors, please write to info@favicon.com.


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