Why add a favicon to our website

Why add a favicon to our website

The favicon (icon favorite) is the icon that identifies a website, and appears with its title or its URL in the window of most browsers. While it is very small and most websites avoid or forget to use it, it is an important element, for the following reasons:

-Like a logo, it brings significant value to the visual identity of our brand on the Internet.

-It allows you to recognize the website with ease. This is especially important if the user has many tabs open at the same time: if he wants to return to a particular website, the favicon will serve as a pointing device.

-Not only identifies the website in the address bar or accompanying the tab title, but also in the list of bookmarks, blog rolls (lists of blogs recommended in a website) and readers of feeds . That way allows our site to stand out over the rest.

To design a favicon you can use virtually any graphic editing software, as long as we can get an ICO format file (there are many free online converters). Formats like PNG and GIF are not supported by older browsers. Animated GIFs are undoubtedly more eye-catching, but are not yet accepted by Internet Explorer or Safari. The image should be 16 × 16, 32 × 32, 48 × 48, or 64 × 64 pixels. However, most browsers display them in 16 × 16 and are beginning to incorporate the 32 × 32 size. Our image must be large enough and sharp enough so that it does not suffer a considerable loss of quality when climbing. Once the file is obtained, we can easily use it through the link tag, with different variants detailed in Wikipedia. In Site point are added other implementations intended for operating systems of mobile devices, which use favicons as web site access icons from the desktop.

Although at first glance it may seem that the favicon is an insignificant detail, it is actually an element that can give our website distinction and ease of recognition.