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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


My Favorite Favicon Generator

October 12th, 2011

Here’s a link to my favorite Favicon Generator, it creates the icon for you and gives you the instructions and code you need to implement it. It works!

So what’s a favicon you ask? You know when you go to a website and sometimes in your browser’s field where the URL (the website’s address) is, you see a teeny tiny image? This is a favicon.

For my own website, you can see this and it should look like a graphic representation of a bull’s head, front view (because my business name is Aldebaran which is in the constellation Taurus…but I digress). See the two blue horns and yellow head? You have to look real closely because favicons are small.

Most of my clients don’t ask for this, but today one did, and I wanted to share this really easy Favicon Generator tool from a site that I use frequently, Dynamic Drive because it has really robust scripts.

J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

2 Responses to “My Favorite Favicon Generator”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for spreading the word about the Favicon Generator; favicons are great! People are accustomed to seeing favicons on the websites of major companies, so a favicon has become a detail that can add to the “professional” feel of a small business’s website. Favicons can also provide some subtle advertising for a small business. Whenever a small business’s client visits that business’s website or sees it on his Favorites list, that client is being exposed to the business’s logo. All in all, adding a favicon is just a really easy way to give a website a little something extra.

  2. Erik Says:

    how i solved my favicon IE8 problem:

    Hi! I am no expert on web design or in Xara… but… I want to share, in case another newbie has the same issue.

    I had the problem that my favicon.ico was showing in all browsers, except IE8. My research showed that a lot of people have this problem.

    I created my png with Xara Web Designer 6 and saved it as an .ico file with IcoFX (imported 16×16 in 256 colors). I saved the favicon.ico file to where my index.htm file is saved in the server.

    I used this thread and tweak to create a placeholder.

    Then used wikipedia to modify the placeholder to the following: because it said that it worked across all browsers, including IE8.

    I knew I was doing something right because I could see the favicon in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. But in IE8 it wasn’t working. I cleared my “temporary internet files”, closed IE, and refreshed the page a thousand times. I even restarted my computer!

    Then, I found this article. I cleared the HISTORY on IE8, as the article recommends on the third Q&A and voilá! IT WORKED!

    I am honestly not sure which of these steps fixed the problem… but I am so happy that it’s working now! I hope this helps someone out there…

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