06/26/2022

Favicons: What Are They & Why Your Website Needs One

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Many people forget to pay attention to the details that make a website stand out. A favicon can make your website look much bigger than it actually is. It is important to remember its importance.

What makes the favicon so important in web design? This article will explain why it is so important and how to create one.

What’s a “favicon image”?      

A favicon is a small 16×16 pixels image that is used by web browsers to identify a website or page. You can find them in your browser’s bookmark bar and history.

In some cases, Favicons might appear on your homepage, such as Google Chrome. A favicon can be used to help people find your site online. 

Why are favicons important?

Favicons are important, despite being small in size, to enhance the overall effect of your website’s imagery. They enhance the website’s user experience, branding, professionalism, and professionalism.

Favicons improve user experience by giving visual cues that can be used to navigate your site. A great favicon is often a significant factor in web design.

Branding matters. Fa Icons are small and can be used to improve the visibility of your website’s brand.

Credibility

Return users

Favicons & SEO

Favicons do not have any direct impact on site SEO. Favicons can organically be improved by search engines as they make it easier for users to find and use the Favicons.

How do I create a favicon

A favicon, or simplified version of your logo, is an extension of your branding efforts.

We’ll be discussing some tips on designing favicons later in this section. But here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

Sizes

A favicon should measure 16×16 pixels. This is the ideal size to create.

These are the favicons in their standard sizes and guidelines.

16×16: Browser favicon

32×32: Taskbar shortcut icon favicon

96×96 Desktop shortcut favicon

180×180: Apple Touch favicon

Files

The ICO was the first favicon format.

ICO: The original file format for favicons was created by Microsoft. All browsers support it. You can save multiple images in one file.

PNG – This is the most commonly used file format for favicons. Because PNG files are lightweight, they load quickly.

SVG: These files can be lightweight. This is changing.

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Tips for designing a favicon

It might seem simple to design something this small. Your website icons will be smaller so you have to be more precise.

These tips will help you to create a favicon for your website and brand.

Simplicity

Due to the small size and precision of favicons, your design should be simple and clear. Choose a bold, simple and easily recognized icon.

Brand identity

Your favicon should reflect the spirit of your website and brand. It should also use the same visual language used on your other websites.

Text is extremely limited or absent

Text can be included in your favicon, but it should not exceed one to three characters. Abbreviations and initials can be used to shorten text such as your brand name.

Logo use

Some logos look better when they are reduced to favicon sizes. Some logos look best when reduced to favicon size.

Google’s new favicon is slightly different from its logo, but still represents the same design values. Although the favicon shows only the familiar G initial while seamlessly incorporating the four brand colors into one letter it uses, incorporates all four into the favicon. 

Color

You should test your design on a variety of backgrounds, including black, white and gray. 

How do I add a Favicon HTML

A web builder does not require your favicon. You would put your favicon into the header code of your website to make it display.

Kobe Digital lets you create a website. Next we will show how to add your logo and customize a website.

How do I add a Kobe Digital Favicon

Kobe Digital sites come standard with a default Favicon. You can change this by connecting to a domain or upgrading to a Premium Plan.

You can easily modify your Kobe Digital favicon.

  • Click on Settings to access your site’s dashboard.
  • Click on “Manage” next Favicon.
  • Click “Upload Image” for a selection of images, or “Upload Media” for an image you want to upload from your computer.
  • Click on “Add to Page”. You’ll now see a preview of how your favicon looks in your browser tab.
  • Save your website by clicking “Save”. After you click publish, the favicon will appear on your website’s tab.

Test your favicon

You can check your favicon in every place it will be displayed. We recommend that you use incognito mode to avoid caching problems.

Look for your favicon wherever a user might see it. Once you’ve found it, you can identify it. 

This is a great opportunity to look at how your favicon appears. If it does, your favicon may be shared with the rest of the world.

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