I’m in the process of redesigning a website which was written in php and hosted on a linux box. I’m coding it in asp.net and as you’ve guessed it, will put it on a Windows server. I tried it with the following code:
<html> <head> <title>Testing favicon</title> <link rel="Shortcut Icon" href="http://localhost/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" /> </head> <body> Test </body> </html>
However the favicon does not show up and when I searched what was causing the problem, I found that windows treats favicon in a different way. So you have to change the favicon link to the following:
<link rel="Shortcut Icon" type="image/vnd.microsoft.icon" href="http://localhost/favicon.ico" />
So for Microsoft Windows IIS, you will need to have the type as image/vnd.microsoft.icon rather than image/x-icon. I tested this on Internet Explorer 8 and the favicon.ico appeared but that did not work for Firefox 3.5.11. I had to try a couple of things to get it to work. So here are the solutions if you’re having problems with your favicon:
- Make sure the favicon.ico is 16px X 16px and that you have not just renamed a gif or jpg or png file to .ico
- Delete your browsers cache and reload the page (you can delete the whole internet history if you like
- Try to bookmark the page where you have the favicon and see if that works. Delete and bookmark again if it doesn’t work first time round.
- Close Firefox or any browser you’re using and launch it again
What worked for me was to close Firefox and when I restarted it, the favicon displayed without any problems. This is something to do with the cache – when you open a new firefox session, firefox pulls over the new details, otherwise you’ve got stale data that it uses until you close the program.