Favicon Generator for Frivolous Fun

Favicons are the tiny icons at the left edge of a URL, or next to a bookmark, or in a tab in your browser. Favicons are totally frivolous.

Beware the frivolous favicon


The one above should be the one for this page, a little animated picture of me. The animation may not work in the blog post. And the favicon might not be in your URL or browser tab, depending on if you are using IE or if the forces of evil have conspired and aligned against me, again. If you don’t see it, please leave a comment with your browser name and version, os, etc.

You can make a favicon in under a minute for free. Here are three favicon generators.I included three because sometimes a site goes down and you should not spend more than a minute or two on these things. You should be able to make them really fast and get back to real work.

1) This one made the animated one on this site. It also has a favicon validator, which is nice.


2) This one has an editor, so you can touch up your artwork. And that’s nice too.


3) I didn’t get to this one. I bookmarked it a long time ago. It looks like it still works. Here you go.


After you generate the little icon, FTP it to your site the root folder is best. Add a little code to your header, that’s in between your <head> and </head> tags on your main index page.

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico">

If you want to add an animated gif, you may want to  add this second line of code.

<link rel="icon" type="image/gif" href="whatever_the_name_is.gif">

Favicons can be tricky in that you may need to clear the browser cache in order to load a new one quickly. Sometimes they just don’t follow instructions, like after you make them and load them and hit refresh and they don’t show up.

Once you get that far and the favicon does not show up, stop. Really. It will.

That is the time to get to work on something more important and check back later. They generally appear, but not as fast as a new page. This happens all the time. Favicons are such a low priority file that browsers treat them poorly. Oh well.

On the other hand, making the little picture, sticking it up on your site and not having it show up in your browser when you hit refresh can trigger a puzzle-solving search activity. Trying to figure out and fix this little nuisance can easily eat up an hour, or more.

You are forewarned.

Beware of frivolous fun.

2 comments to Favicon Generator for Frivolous Fun

  • When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added
    I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people
    from that service? Thank you!

    • I am sorry you are getting multiple emails with the same comment in response to the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox.
      I don’t know why you are getting many messages at all because I have only approved less than 10 comments total over four years.
      Nevertheless, I am changing the commenting policy so you shouldn’t be bothered anymore. Please tell me if you get more emails.

      I’m deleting the members. I had ~500 members of which 99% were spammers. I don’t know why people started signing up.
      I was a bit flattered at first, but mostly curious. Then it took off, and that made no sense. I don’t post that frequently,
      and when I do I can’t believe that people are that interested in what I post. Who reads this stuff, really? I have no idea.
      I see that I get views from my stats, but my guess is that I’m a search result that comes up when you are looking for
      something else… Except for the population by timezone post. That’s my top post by far.

      By the way could you tell me what the appeal was for you?




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