A little late on the top downloaded icons for 2017 but wanted to share the top 25 icons that were downloaded last year. It has been an amazing year for FreeFavicon. We moved to a new server that has helped speed the site up and have seen a large increase in traffic over the year.
For those that are interested in 2017 we had over 150,000 downloads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.