Most Joomla! websites will by default display a favicon.
The favicon is a small 16px x16px image that is displayed next to the URL of your website in the browser address bar.
You will also usually see the favicon displayed next to the name of your site in open browser tabs and bookmark listings.
The favicon is part of the template used by your website.
Favicons can be created using any image file format but ICO is the file format we recommend.
Reason: ICO is supported by all modern browsers.
Why use a favicon?
If you have a brand then displaying a favicon in your website will help to reinforce it.
In this article we tell you how to:
- create a favicon.ico file, and
- how to display it in your website.
You can convert any GIF, JPG or PNG file to ICO using freely available online applications.
Some online applications also enable you to create and edit favicons using an online editor.
Others enable you to choose from a wide range of free ready to use favicons, as well as create your own unique favicon.
If one already exists then when you view your website's directories and files either via:
- the File Manager (recommended) of your hosting control panel, or
you will see a favicon.ico file listed in the following website directory:
templates 1 /YOUR_TEMPLATE 2.
To replace it, delete the existing favicon and upload your new favicon.ico file.
The name must be: favicon.ico.
On some servers you will see the directory listed in the
- public_html directory.
On others, it will be listed in the:
- httpdocs directory.
If your website uses more than one template then you can see which is the default template by visiting the Extensions > Templates > Styles screen of your website's control panel.
Once done, visit your website in a new browser tab to see the new favicon displayed.
If the old favicon is still visible the you will need to clear the browser cache.
To clear the browser cache use one of the following keyboard shortcuts:
- press CTRL-R, or
- press F5.
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