What is a favicon? Is it a logo? Importance of favicon? Etc., etc., etc… 🥴
Are you confused about favicons? 🥺
You have come to the right place then. I have explained each and everything in detail with examples and also mentioned the steps to create a favicon for your website (FREE). 😍
What is a Favicon?
Favicon is basically a tiny graphic icon having a different size around (48px x 48px, 17px x 17px, and so on), but google re-scales your favicon to their size for more your can go through google guidelines.
You can quickly notice it on the left side of your chrome or any other browser tab, and that small icon is known as a favicon.
Trust me, that tiny graphic icon helps enormously when you use multiple tabs at once, just like me. In simple words, it helps you to find the right tab you need very quickly so that you get what you are searching for without wasting your time in opening every other tab.
But after google’s recent update, they have started showing favicons of every website in mobile search results (one extreme left of a website link). Also, they are testing the same on desktop too.
Favicons are also called bookmark icons, tab icons, website icons, and URLs icon. It is a fact that the human brain responds better to visual compared to text.
Quick Tip: Try to design your favicon completely unique so that it should be easily recognizable as a brand.
What is the importance of favicon?
Let me explain it to you all through an example.
I have searched in google “best hair dryer,” and first I visited the amazon website then on another tab I searched the same and visited flip kart website and now in the below image, you can see both sites have the same title but the only thing which makes a huge difference in their FAVICONS.
Here just for an example, I visited two websites, but when you visit or open multiple tabs websites at that time, it’s even more helpful, and we realize the importance of favicon. [EASY TO IDENTIFY]
Also, most of the users like me have a habit of bookmarking various useful blogs at that time again, FAVICONS wins the game.
Importance of favicon in SEO?
Well, the importance of favicon had just become much more prominent when google started to show the favicons on mobile search results and might be soon they going to show it on desktop too.
I see most of the newbies asking this question “Adding a favicon will rank my blog or blog post?” so the answer is ‘no’ favicons won’t make your page rank higher in google search results directly.
It might increase your CTR, as it shows just next to your main website URL. So my suggestion to all my dear readers is to not just only focus on favicon you should also look into your overall website’s performance as google has multiple ranking factors.
If you are not adding a favicon for your website that is in your website’s root folder with the name of “favicon.ico” then the files will automatically respond as an empty file with ‘404 error,’ and we all know that errors can harm our website.
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How do I design a FREE favicon for my website?
If you are new in this field and don’t have much budget to hire a professional graphic designer to design your website’s favicon, then you don’t have to worry any further I got you covered.
Here I will show you how you can easily design a favicon for your blog in just a few very simple steps. So let us get started…
Step 1 (Go to google & search for canva.com)
Just go to any browser and search for canva.com and sign up over there with your email or facebook. Trouble signing up in canva.com? check out my post design free logo for website here I have shown step by step to sign up in canva
Step 2 (Select your favicon size)
After completing your signing up process and setting up all, then go ahead by selecting your favicon size on the top right and simply add the size in px, and you are good to go.
Step 3 (Design according to your requirement)
After selecting the size, you can start to design your favicon as per your needs. The first start with choosing the background color then goes with the text, icons, or any other graphic. Canva has tons of options available on their left panel; you just have to show your uniqueness and creativity.
Step 4 (Save & download the favicon)
After doing it all on the top right corner with the help of the ‘download’ button, download your favicon file in any format you want .png, .jpeg, PDF, or other.
But let me be very honest with my reader. If you are looking to design something like amazon, Flipkart, or google favicons, then it’s not possible to create it in the free version of canva.
You can design a simple favicon for your website with the help of a free version of canva website. OR there are many free favicon generator websites available out there you can design it from there too.
Things to consider before designing a favicon?
- Make it stand out of the competition/unique
- Do not add too many details in your favicon (let it be just a simple icon)
- Using the right color is the most important thing while designing a favicon. You should always keep in mind that your favicon should not have the same color as the browser tab, or else it will not appear clearly.
- Try to match your favicon with your website and logo. (you can have a look at amazon and flip kart for example) All in all, it should look as brand your logo, website, favicon all should recognizable at once.
Here you have seen the importance of favicon and along with that how to design one. You should always add a favicon whenever you create a new website; it just takes a few minutes but plays a huge role.
I hope this article will help you to understand the importance of favicon, and if “yes,” then do not forget to share this article with your friends and family and let them know these benefits too.