If you are in sales and marketing, or run a website, then you’ll love this trick. Ever since Apple iOS 1.1.3, users have been able to add Home Screen Bookmarks to their iOS devices, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. These bookmarks look just like Apple App icons and allow you to pull up a page on your website the same way you would open an Apple iOS app.
Pretty cool right? It gets better! You can even customize the icon with a picture or logo. You can see an example of a MethodShop app icon in the image on the right (4th row, 4th column). This Home Screen Bookmark opens up https://www.methodshop.com when you tap on it.
Creating a custom bookmark icon is a great idea if you find yourself showing off your website in meetings or at conferences to potential clients and business partners. In this tutorial, we’ll first show you how to create a Home Screen Bookmark, then we’ll walk through the steps required to customize it.
01) Pull up your website using Apple’s Safari web browser on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Then tap on the little icon in the middle of the box with an arrow coming out of it [pictured below].
02) A screen with a bunch of buttons will appear including: Add Bookmark, Add to Reading List, Add to Home Screen, Mail Link to this Page, Tweet and Print. Tap on Add to Home Screen button.
03) A crappy screengrab will automatically be added as your icon image and you’ll be asked to type in a name for your bookmark. We suggest keeping the name short and sweet. If you’re happy with your crappy screengrab icon, then congrats! You’re done. Have a nice day. But if you think your screengrab icon looks like garbage and you want to make a better or custom icon, then keep reading…
04) Here’s a little trick on how to customize your bookmark icon. Create a 57×57 pixel PNG file of your, name it “apple-touch-icon.png” and then upload it to the root directory folder of your website. As long as this file is on your web server, then any iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch) will use this image as its app icon. You of course will need FTP access to your web server in order to upload this PNG file. Feel free to forward this tutorial to your creative and IT teams if they have any questions.
05) If your server admins won’t allow you to add the “apple-touch-icon.png” file to the root level of your web server, then you can ask them to add this line of code to your site template. This code will tell Apple iOS devices where they can find the bookmark image elsewhere on your server.
<link rel=”apple-touch-icon” href=”https://methodshop.com/images/ios-icon.png” />
06) Once the “apple-touch-icon.png” is uploaded, then you can repeat the steps above and re-add your bookmark to your iOS device. The final result should look something like this:
07) That’s it! Congrats! Go grab yourself a beer (and us one too!)
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