Top 10 Favicons of 2016

This is the season for top ten lists of 2016 and we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at some of the most popular favicons that were downloaded from the site in 2016. Before we get it to the top ten list though a quick look at the download statistics for the site show we had just over 130,000 downloads of favicons from the site in 2016! That includes both icons that we created using the home page favicon generator, the more advanced icon maker and downloads of the pre-made favicon packages!

With all those downloads there are some favicons that stand out as the most popular, and while the list might favor the icons that have been on the site the longest and miss some of the newer favicons that have been added, I can see why these top ten icons are the most downloaded from the site. In many ways they are iconic of what people want their website to be remembered for.

Number 10 – Color Star Favicon

Color Star Favicon

Number 9 – A Hand Drawn Heart

A Hand Drawn Heart Favicon

Number 8 – Newspaper

Newspaper Favicon

Number 7 – Computer

Computer Favicon

Number 6 – Business Man Avatar

Business Man Avatar Vector Favicon

Number 5 – Cat

Cat Favicon

Number 4 – Butterfly Line Art

Butterfly Line Art Favicon

Number 3 – House

House Favicon

Number 2 – Shopping Cart

Shopping Cart Favicon

Number 1 – Football Soccer Ball

Football Soccer Ball Favicon

Are there any icons you are surprised are on this list? Or what favicon did not make it?

We will be resetting the counts for the Free Favicon page today, so don’t be surprised if the page looks broken for a little while.

Have a great New Year and Holiday Season!

St. Patrick’s Day Favicons

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17 and I thought I would highlight some of the great new favicons that we have added to the site with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

If you do add a special favicon to your website for St. Patrick’s Day remember to also force a favicon refresh by temporarily adding some explicit HTML markup and append a query string. This will cause your visitors web browsers to request the new favicon.

<link rel="icon" sizes="16x16 32x32" href="/favicon.ico?v=2">

Hope you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and come and look for more new favicons soon.

Enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day favicons!

Flag of Ireland
Flag of Ireland
Clover
Clover
Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold
Leprechaun Hat
Leprechaun Hat
St Patrick's Day Ribbon
St Patrick’s Day Ribbon

Hosting Your Favicon with Dropbox

Dropbox is a fantastic service. I use it regularly to sync files between my desktop and laptop. It does have other uses though, like sharing files with your friends and even hosting a website. While I would not recommend you host your main business website with a Public shared folder using Dropbox, using the service to host some images, like your websites favicon, has some advantages.

If you are using a service such as Blogger and want to add your own custom favicon you have several choices of where to host your favicon. You can upload it and host it on Google’s server, although last time I tried they did not accept the .ico format. That works until you want to change your favicon then you have to do it all over again including updating your code that points to your favicon.

You could host your favicon on an image hosting service, but then they might delete it at anytime. Again if you want to change your favicon you will be redoing all of the code.

Since Dropbox can host files that are publically accessable on the Internet you now have another option. Following the tips and tricks wiki to making your own website you can simple create a folder for your favicon, and copy your favicon into that folder. The advantage of hosting your favicon in your Dropbox public folder means you have more control over it. If you decide to change your favicon all you need to do is simply copy over your existing favicon and it will be replaced on your website. You don’t have to redo the code pointing to it, and you never have to worry about an image hosting service deleting it.

If you have not tried Dropbox, you really should give it a serious look. They offer 2gb of space for free, which is more than enough to share and sync files between computers.

They also have a great favicon if you are looking for some inspiration.

Dropbox Favicon

Cashboard

I am a freelancer and one of the tasks that I have to admit I am not very good at is invoicing. Sure I keep good track of my time and projects, but I was often behind on my invoicing. A few months ago I made the switch from desktop invoicing software to Cashboard, and I have to tell you it has made a world of difference. Not only can I keep track of my project, time and invoicing all in one spot, but I can schedule my recurring invoices to be sent out regularly.

What does any of that have to do with a favicon website and blog? Well nothing really except they also have a great favicon.

cashboard

Their favicon comes from their logo and does a great job of branding their website and their twitter account. It also gives you a great idea of what the service does and makes it easy to recoginize.

If you are looking for a great online invoicing service I do recommend Cashboard, and not just because I like their favicon.

Mozy Online Backup Favicon

I admit that I am a huge Mozy fan. I use it to backup my personal photos and files and I use MozyPro to backup my business files. Of course that is not the point of this blog, the point of this blog is to highlight some great looking favicon’s, so aside from the fact that I use the Mozy, I honestly do think they have a great favicon.

Mozy Online Backup favicon

The favicon obviously is taken from the logo:
Mozy Online Backup logo

Not every logo can work well as a favicon. Many logos have to much detail, and a 16×16 pixel space is just not enough space for little details. The Mozy logo works perfectly in the 16×16 pixel space and I can only guess that someone must have been thinking about how the logo would work as an icon on desktops, taskbars and as a favicon.

Great job on the icon Mozy, oh and on a great product as well. Nice to know my photos, work files and memories are safe.