A favicon is the icon that appears next to the website page title in your browser tab. But what is the point of one? And why should you have one?
Why is it called a favicon?
If you're wondering where the word 'favicon' came from, it's made up of two words - 'favourite' and 'icon'.
What are they used for?
Favicons originally only appeared next to the URL when you bookmarked a page and were used (before Google Analytics came along) to estimate website visitor numbers by counting the number of people who had bookmarked that page!
Now, they are used more for branding purposes and to allow users to quickly identify your website in their browser and favourites list.
So what are they?
A favicon is a small graphic sized 16 x 16 pixels in the 'ico' format. Most websites will use their brand logo as the favicon and it can be placed on your website and shows up in the browser window. Without one, your browser simply shows a outlined page, like in the picture below:
How do I create one?
The good thing is you don't need to be very technical or creative to make your own favicon and there are lots of online tools available to help you create and download your own, such as Favicon CC and Favicon Generator.
How do I add my favicon to my website?
If you are using a website builder like Wix, Weebly or Wordpress, you will be able to upload and update your favicon in your site settings. It is also something your website developer can help with, if you don't have access to your website settings.
For information on adding your favicon to your website code, take a look at this blog at Webdesigner Depot.
Favicons are also useful when you have lots of different tabs open to help people find your website again and you can update them if you have a rebrand. Do you have a favourite favicon?