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favicon.ico file does not exist?
Posted on 31 January 2004 07:41 AM

I downloaded my error log yesterday and saw some strange stuff. Someone keeps trying to pull up a favicon.ico file. I have no idea what that is and looked for it through ftp for a few minutes and didn't see anything like it. The "person" has tried several different directories. Do you have any idea what that is about?


Versions of Internet Explorer 5.0 and above, as well as other browsers, have a "feature" that allows a web designer to create an icon file and when a user bookmarks your web site, this icon becomes the icon in the user's Favorites/Bookmarks menu. This icon is named favicon.ico ("favorite icon").

If you do not have a favicon.ico file on your site, you may find a 404 (File Not Found) error in your web logs/stats when a visitor bookmarks your site and the browser cannot find the file.

To remedy this, you may wish to view the following links:
What is favicon.ico?