Best Practices

What a the current best practices
for building favicons?


Currently we recommend the following:

  1. Create a multi-resolution favicon with two images. One image should be 32x32 and the other 16x16. Both 256 colors (stick to Windows Default Palette). Reason: In some browsers, you can drag the favicon to the desktop where it becomes a link. Often, this desktop icon is 32x32 pixels.
  2. Name your file 'favicon.ico'. Reason: Some browsers search for this file by default.
  3. Place the favicon at the highest level of your site (in directory of your default web page - ie index.html)
  4. Use the LINK tag on every page within the <HEAD> section:
    <HEAD>
    <LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.mydomain.com/myicon.ico">
    <TITLE>My Title</TITLE>
    </HEAD>
    Reason: Some browsers will not attempt to retrieve the favicon unless there is a LINK tag such as the one above.
For the ultra-convservative: If you wish to be a little more conservative, use only the standard windows 16 colors. Some users have created 4 image favicons. 2 16x16 images and 2 32x32 images, having one image with 16 colors and one image having 256 colors keeping size constant. Of course, Have you ever looked at your web site at 16 colors? I doubt it looks that good. Some people believe that the systems tray only allows 16 color icons.


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