Every wonder how to make those favicon.ico images that appear besides your site name, or how to get rid of the 404 error messages "GET /favic on.ico HTTP/1.1" or [error] [client 192.168.1.] File does not exist in your error logs.
The Favicon (Favourite Icon) is recognized by most modern browsers and is automatically fetched on each request to a site. The properties of a favic on is either 16x16 pixels (default) or 32x32 using either 8-bit or 24-bit colors. the format when completed is either a PNG format W3C standard, GIF or ICO.
Creating the image using GIMP is fairly straightforward, depending on how much of an artis you are will depend how long this step will take. Once yo u have an image with the deminsion metioned above you should save the image as a pnm format. This format should be used so that netpbm can easily convert to the fin al favicon image
ppmtowinicon -output favicon.ico input file.pnm (your file that you save from above).
To add your final "favicon.ico" to your website place the image in the root of your directory tree and or add the following url to your web pages.