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Create a favicon, a customised icon

A favicon is an icon for your website. You can see it at left of the address bar and in your bookmarks. A favicon permits you to add customisation and personnality to your website.

How to create a favicon for your website? Very easy and quick!

  1. Use a digital photo sofware, (as Photoshop, Gimp, Corel Draw, Paint, …) and create an image 64×64 pixels. You may also make it 32×32 pixels, or 16×16 pixels, but 64×64 is for a favicon better.
  2. Save-it as ICO or PNG format, or use this online tool. Internet Explorer 6 will only recognize ICO files.
  3. Add this between <head> and </head> in HTML :

You only have to replace mon_favicon.png by the name of your favicon file… that’s it!

What are your visitors doing?

With useful online tools like Google Analytics, you can learn lots of important information about your visitors. From where they are, how much time they stayed on a page, which pages they visited, etc.

Did you know that you could also look at their mouse moves?

I recently discovered a useful online tool. It allows you to record videos of mouse moves of your visitors. You can configure precision of recording, which ends up with impressive results.

This way, you can learn a lot more about the behavior of your visitors, because you see what they do! You can now check if your website is well structured and designed.

If a visitor is clicking everywhere, or takes a lot of time between each action, that may mean that the ergonomy of your website isn’t well designed. Clicktale is a useful tool, especially for e-commerces, because you have to offer a very easy buying experience to your customers.

A trial of 40 page prints is available. 40 prints, it’s quickly done, but it allows you to test this service. If it’s not enough for you, the first package starts at 9$ per month, it’s not too bad!

Complete website W3C validation

You want your pages to be W3C valid? Well! But if you own a website that has more than 10 pages, that may become a huge task to validate them all, one by one.

I recently had to make a W3C valid website with more than 100 pages, then I found a solution. You only have to sign up (it’s free), and to add one or more websites you want to validate, then to launch the report.

Free Site Validator will detect if some of your pages are W3C invalid, but it will also find your deadlinks if you have some, which may be very useful for a big static HTML website.

To process a complete check-up may be long (depending on the number of pages), but it’s really worth. It is a good way to be totaly sure of your final work.