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Finding a Favicon (usually called favicon.ico) of a Website is sometimes difficult.  There are various legitimate reasons why you might need to find these particular icons and a simple Google Search typically doesn’t turn up “good” answers to this question.

Favicons are the little icons that you see in the address bar (or RSS Feed) of a Website when it is loaded (or in your “favorites” Website lists).  You can see http://mustech.net‘s Favicon in your browser above (It’s an Earth with Headphones).

Many Websites will pull in offered RSS Feeds for inclusion on their pages. When these Favicons do not appear, often the Website looks disjunct or shows the infamous “SQUARE X” box indicating something should be there, but it is not.   An example of a site that pulls in (or aggregates) Music Education Feeds is our own MusicEdNews.Com site.  You can see many Favicons associated with their parent Websites by viewing the MusicEdNews site.

The easiest way I’ve found to find a Favicon directly is by using a particular kind of Google Search.  Copy and paste this URL (or click it) into your browser and press the ENTER key: http://www.google.com/s2/favicons?domain=mustech.net .  You will see a new blank page only showing the Favicon of that particular Website.

This unique Google search will directly pull up the associated Faviconof whatever site you put after the “?domain=”  string.  Try it; change it to http://www.google.com/s2/favicons?domain=musicednews.com. You will see the MusicEdNews.com favicon now…

An alternative to this is to use this very efficient Favicon Search Site: http://www.getfavicon.org/ .  This site is very easy to use and no explanition is need in order to utilize it.

If you don’t have a Faviconfor your site, you can make some very basic Faviconsonline or upload a graphic to be convereted into a Favicon.  Here are a few sites that allow you make Favicons:

  1. http://antifavicon.com/
  2. http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/
  3. http://www.favicon.cc/

Once you make a Favicon, copy it to the root directory of your Website and/or any of your theme directories.  After you accomplish this, you should start seeing your Favicon appear on your own Website(s).  Please note that these icons are almost always to be named favicon.ico.  However, you may see these sometimes named as favicon.jpg, favicon.png, favicon.gif, etc.

Good Luck and Happy Favicon-ing!

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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