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Today, I got my own iPhone. Big thanks to my girlfriend who knew someone that had a spare. Now you might think: "Why does he get one from someone else instead of buying one in the shops"? There's a very simple reason for that: The iPhone isn't released in Europe (yet).

The iPhone, like many other smart phones, can connect with the internet. What if you want the user to have a nice, fancy button for easy & fast access to your website? This is where the Webclip kicks in.

Marcofolio.net Webclip on iPhone

Remember my tutorial on how to create a favicon for your website? A webclip is like a favicon for the iPhone & iPod touch and it'll look very professional.

Create a webclip

Creating & installing a webclip for your website is really easy. Simply create a 57 x 57 image and save it as apple-touch-icon.png (Double check the PNG extension). Now place the image in the root of your website and you're all done.

Check out my webclip:

Marcofolio.net Webclip

As you can see, there are no rounded corners or a glossy shine added to the image. The iPhone does it all for you!

If you don't have access to the root of your website, or you just want more flexibility, place the following code in the HEAD section of your site.

<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/custom_icon.png"/>

Clipalizer is a very useful tool if you're an iPhone owner and want to have some fancy buttons for several websites.

Just give it a try! Even if you don't own an iPhone, just upload the webclip for those users who do have one. In the mean time, I'll be playing around with my new gadget and check if it can live up to the hype.

Oh, and if you want to coolify your iPhone or iPod even more and dare to be different than the rest (and have a lot of money), you could check out gigapascal.


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