Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Easy favicons ready to use
A Favicon (short for FAVorite iCON) is a little image displayed in the browser address bar and tabs or in bookmarks, like this in the address bar of this webpage above.
The very first step to installing a favicon is the creation of the image to use for the favicon which if you trying to create in the small size allowed for favicons, is no easy task (unless you use an existing photo and shrink it to size like mine )
To cut the hassles, Favicons4free have created a huge library of ready to use favicons together with the codes you need to install them. Just click on one of the categories (examples - animals, flags, birds, etc.) and in the new page, copy the single line of code next to the favicon you want,
then go to the template editor and paste the code just after ]]></b:skin> and just before </head>, preview and if everything looks all right, save template. (span style="color:red;">
Note that the codes given by Favicon4free is not compatible with XHTML which requires ALL HTML tags to be closed. For example, the given code is
You will have to add a matching closing tag </link> at the end of the code so that it become
or alternatively edit the tag to include a backslash / to make the tag self-closing, like this:
(note the space in front of the backslash / and the (red) backslash itself just before the last "greater than" symbol.
This was tested on a blog Guide to Malaysia for which the country's flag was selected for the favicon.