Tag: webmaster

Stand out from the crowd – Get a Favicon

What’s a Favicon?

A favicon (short for favorite icon) is an icon which when added to a website (by the webmaster) appears in the address bar of most modern browsers. Adding this image can help users identify your site from a list of bookmarks or on a open tab, and could help in increasing your brand recognition. Adding one is simple, and I recommend you do it. Check out this Wikipedia entry for more detailed information on the favicon.

To begin with you need to create your favicon, you can either create it in image creation software like Photoshop, or use an online generator like this one. Creating your image yourself is recommended as the end result will be more personal and individual to you and your sites image. The file you need to create is 16 pixels wide by 16 pixels high. Once you are happy with the appearance of your favicon save it, but, be sure to rename the file name from the standard extension to .ico, the file will need saving as a .ico file. Some browsers do now support other file formats like png and gif but it is best practice to use the most widely accepted format .ico.

With your favicon file saved, it is now a simple case of uploading the file to your server and then including this simple html code in the <head> tag of your page:

<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”http://www.chrisbrandrick.com/favicon.ico”>
<link rel=”icon” href=”http://www.chrisbrandrick.com/favicon.ico”>

It’s that simple, your site should now be displaying your favicon on your webpage, if not try refreshing your cache. Readers of ChrisBrandrick.com should now see my favicon in the address bar! My Favicon

A simple way to add more personality to your site, try it out!

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Goals for 2008

Happy New Year! I hope you all have a great 2008 and achieve all that you aim to. (Also to bring in the new year, a congratulations from Scott at mythermos.com for winning my small holiday entrecard contest.)

Now as for my plans for 2008, these include goals for my blog, my sites and personal aims:

1. Get a custom blog design:

Mainly a goal I hope to achieve far before 2008 is even close to finished, I want to give ChrisBrandrick.com it’s own look and feel. It’s commonly known that using a public free theme (despite their merits) is frowned upon. Having a design unique to me gives my blog an identity, a brand, and recognition. John Cow has ;
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WebmasterPlay

Having been working in the online space for a few years now I have always been interested in visiting webmaster forums, learning new things, seeing whats new and so on. I first started online covering one of my main passions; videogames.

So late last year I decided to try my hand at creating a webmaster forum exclusively for gaming webmasters, sure the idea isn’t fresh, but the current offering are clearly lacking. Unfortunately due to several reasons, mainly due to other projects and a lack of time I never started work on the idea despite having plans, and designs in place. Recently work has began on the project and is currently being worked on, I have obtained the .net and .com extension but I have nothing to show at the minute bar a boring frontpage!

Keep an eye on WebmasterPlay as hopefully upon completion it will be far more than just another webmaster forum. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.