Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Add a smarter Favicon to Blogger Blog - Shortcut Icon

Favicon means favorites icon, is a 16×16, 32×32 or 64×64 pixel square icon associated with a particular website. It is also known as a shortcut icon, URL icon, website icon, or bookmark icon. Browsers that provide favicon support typically display a page's favicon in the browser's address bar and next to the page's name in a list of bookmarks. It is the great advantage for Web designers to represent their web page in graphical way. Favicon gives unique look for your website and attracts visitors.

How to add a favicon to a web page
  1. Choose your favicon file in .ICO format. By using some icon maker software like Easy Icon Maker, you can design your own icon or search on Google
  2. Upload your file to external hosting to get direct link. Here is one website that provides free hosting A piece of code will be given there.
  3. Favicon guide
  4. Now edit HTML and insert code after <head> tag. If you have your own hosting, then change below code line according to your favicon location. 
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="" type="image/x-icon" />
For any information, you can leave a comment at the end of post.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Free website visitor tracker, web stats - StatCounter

Do you ever tried to know how many people are visiting your blog, or where they come from? You can track the visitor stats using web tracker sites like Google Analytics, Site Meter, StatCounter. Web stats are useful in optimization of your blog.

There are many sites which provide stats on blogs or websites. But I use and recommend statcounter because it is simple, more informative, free service, real-time stats and easy to install. StatCounter is offering both invisible and visible trackers.

Steps to be followed to install visitor tracker:
Statcounter working process
Working of StatCounter
  1. Register an account in StatCounter.
  2. Create a Project. There you will be given one tiny HTML and Javascript code.
  3. Insert the code on your blog or website. For blogger, Go to Design, add a HTML / JavaScript gadget, and copy the StatCounter code into the gadget.  Position the gadget where you wish, like you did the other gadgets.
  4. Now you can analyze your stats.
StatCounter Visitor reports includes:
  • Date and time of visit.
  • Ip address.
  • Browser details.
  • Operating system info.
  • Screen resolution.
  • Referring link.
  • Search query details.