Faviconist's mission in life is to make favicon generation as simple as humanly possible. Favicons are now more important than ever, thanks to tabbed browsing, social site sharing, and mobile touch icons. Yet creating an attractive favicon remans a burden for webmasters.
- Every site should have a favicon to establish identity. Since favicons show up in history and bookmarks, a distinct favicon will help users notice your site and go back to it.
- These days, all the major browsers support tabs, and with users habitualy keeping many tabs and windows open, a distinct favicon is the number 1 way they can return to your site once they've jumped to another tab.
- It's possible for Android and iPhone users to "install" website to the home screen, just like a regular app purchased from the store. GMail is one example of a website that encourages users to install it this way. When this happens, the icon on the homescreen will be a special kind of favicon.
- Bookmarking is social these days, with users sharing links to their favorite websites with their friends. See how Google Plus shows favicons with every link that's shared:
Eye Candy Most people aren't artists, and most people don't have a copy of Photoshop (retailing at $699.00, last we checked). They want to make something quick and easy, and in a color scheme related to their site design. It's hard to get too fancy at the resolution of a favicon, and squishing down high-resolution graphics usually ends in tears So when you look around, most favicons are variants of a common theme: a letter, and some colors! Says Faviconist: Why spend hours painting, when you can just tell us what you want?
Budget-Friendly In one case, a Favicon cost UK taxpayers £585 - that's about $1000 for a favicon! That kind of sum might work for a Google or a Facebook to fully tweak every last pixel, but it's well beyond the means of most webmasters. Says Faviconist: Focus your time and money on building a great service, not pushing pixels around.
Easy Uploading files is more trouble than it should be. Faviconist gives you the option to "hot-link" directly to our copy of the image we made, instead of uploading to your server. So you don't have to bother downloading anything or uploading it back. Says Faviconist: Keep your hosting process lightweight, and you'll be able to release early and often.
Who Made Faviconist?
I'm Michael Mahemoff, the guy behind Faviconist. I recently left a developer relations role on Google's Chrome team to build some developer-focused apps. I previously wrote Ajax Design Patterns for O'Reilly and other developer-focused tools, such as WebWait, a simple way to benchmark websites. I've always been a bit of a faviconist; I discovered the dynamic favicon technique back in 2006. Being part of the web front-end community and having been involved in various hackathons, I know many devs are always building quick-and-dirty apps, and Faviconist is one way to make that process as lightweight as possible.
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