Google, Yahoo and most of the other big boys use multiple favicons for different sections of their services. This functionality has now been delivered to Joomla!
The interesting thing about favicons, is that when you drag a favorite from Internet Explorer onto your desktop, Windows creates the icon from the favicon file associated with the bookmark. When your only favicon image is a 16x16, the resulting desktop shortcut is U-G-L-Y!
Using this component, you can assign different color depths and sizes so the resulting shortcut icon will be appropriately sized and use the correct color depth so it looks as good on the desktop as it does in the browser address bar.
Create your favicons by importing other favicon files, and whatever image formats your PHP installation supports (PNG, GIF, JPG, and sometimes BMP or XCF! It depends on your server.) This extension does preserve transparency in image types that support it, but does not resize, resample, scale or crop images, so you must import images in the appropriate size and color depth.
This component/plugin package can be used in one of two ways.
1. Using only the component, you can author your favicon and publish it to your template. When published to the template, your existing favicon can be backed up and edited with the component.
2. Using the component and plugin combination, you can author many favicons and assign them to individual menu items. The plugin allows child items to inherit the favicon of their parent menu items, all the way to the menu root. If a favicon assignment isn't found in the parent items, the configured default icon is used.
When you're happy with your Favicon (menu or template assignments), you can disable the component to un-clutter your admin backend menus. All menu assignments are stored in the plugin configuration, so the plugin runs lightning fast!
This extension makes use of the floIcon class by Joshua Hatfield - http://www.flobi.com
Update 1.13 resolves an issue when using the plugin and no default icon is set. Now the template icon is left untouched when this scenario occurs.
4/26/2012 - Joomla 1.6/1.7 availability and support withdrawn.
Update 1.15 resolves a path issue on windows hosts
Update 1.16 - Joomla 3.x compatibility update
All of my extensions are free and none of my extensions display advertisements or links to my sites or services. If you feel that I have blessed you, then you can bless me by making a contribution to fund future development. Visit the "Website" link to make a contribution.
I took the time to register for an account just so I could say how great this plugin is if that tells you anything. You should get it too. Thanks to the developers!!
Developers? Nah, it's just one guy - me.
Hats off to the developer here
And my hat is off to you for the great review!
I'm glad you like it! 4 seconds huh, that's got to be a record.
I'm glad you like it. Surely your users will notice and appreciate the extra little touches. I often see sites that are well made, but still have the default Joomla favicon and I can't help but wonder why they didn't change it.
However, once I got that working this was an excellent plugin. If only for the favicon by menu item. Keep up the good work.
Resolved in version 1.10. There goes my perfect 5 star rating.
But it only need for site with multi favicon for special pages!
It can be used in more than one way.
To make a multi-sized icon for the template, or multiple icons for the site. Other favicon extensions in the JED only allow you to add 1 image to your icon.
Thank you for your time developing this extension.