The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 April 2005

We give you the bird

If you have a browser of a certain age and level of sophistication, at the very left of the URL space in the address bar you'll find a tiny image (16 x 16 pixels) which turns out to be the head of the goldfinch used as part of this site's logo. This is a file called favicon.ico which is dropped into the root directory and which the browser is trained to find. (If you've bookmarked this site — and if you have, what's wrong with you? — you may see the same icon on the bookmark itself.)

Generally, if you see one of these on a site that's not running on Typepad or some similar all-blogs-all-the-time service, it's because the site operator went to a certain amount of trouble to set it up for you.

This is, however, not the case with Progressive Reaction. Says David Fleck:

I want to make it perfectly clear that the weird little icon that is now being displayed next to "Progressive Reaction" in the URL bar, bookmarks, and tabs is being foisted upon us by our hosting company, and that we would never intentionally put such a wussy little — thing on our blog.

So noted.

Maybe Fleck (or Moira Breen) should swipe Jane Galt's icon, which has the virtue of simplicity.

Posted at 6:27 AM to Blogorrhea

For some reason I keep putting off adding a favicon at my site. Now I'd better do it before my host does it for me.

Thanks for the shove.

Posted by: MikeH at 10:22 AM on 21 April 2005

So there is a way to override that nasty thang? I'll get on it. (Root directory? You mean home or public?)

Btw, I always loved your goldfinch. Our family totems are of the corvidae, though. Maybe we can find a nice scary lookin' raven.

Posted by: Moira Breen at 9:19 AM on 22 April 2005

Assuming you're on a shared box, in the same directory as your main index file. They may already have one there, in which case you just replace it with yours.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:36 AM on 22 April 2005

Aaaaargh! Tried this. Didn't work. Fleck says he's already tried it. Have to have a word with Spirit One about their totalitarian favicon-overriding policies. Bastards.

Posted by: Moira Breen at 10:04 AM on 22 April 2005

The nerve of these people.

It may be that they have a line in .htaccess or some place pointing to their icon, in which case it might be worth fiddling with that line, if they're the sort of host who will let you fiddle with .htaccess.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:18 AM on 22 April 2005

Aw, I think it's kind of pretty. But I like birds.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:15 PM on 22 April 2005