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The Pros and Cons of Using Stock Web Icons | Web Icon Set
24 Oct 2011

Stock icons are royalty-free images that you can use for your own purposes, as you see fit. That means they can therefore be used by anyone who has the know-how and desire to find them and incorporate them into a website. If you are in the process of developing a website, then you may want to consider using stock icons. Need some help deciding if stock icons are right for you? Here are the pros and cons of using stock web icons when developing your website.


Visual interest. People like pretty – plain and simple. A page full of words and nothing more just isn’t pretty. The fastest way for you to catch visitors’ attention and keep it is to provide something interesting for them to look at.

Content division. The truth of the matter is, web surfers are a picky bunch. You have only a few seconds to prove to them that they want to stay on your web page. When they land on your page and see nothing but a sea of words, they’re most likely going to run away as fast as they can. Divide your content using web icons in order to part the sea of words and invite guests to stay a while.

Organization. Nothing scares away web visitors faster than telling them they will have to work to get the information they want from your page. When you organize and label your page content using web icons, you make it much easier for readers to see exactly what they are getting from your site, and where they need to go to get it.

Cost. This is a benefit that few of your readers will care about, but it should mean a lot to you: you can find a wide array of stock web icons for free. That’s right – free.


Originality. When you use stock web icons, you can almost be sure that somewhere, someone else is using the exact same icons for their site. If you are concerned with keeping everything on your site unique to you and your site, then stock web icons may not be for you.

Appropriateness. You must be careful to use icons appropriately, or else risk making your page appear jumbled and overdone.

As you can see, there are some pros and cons when it comes to incorporating stock web icons into your website development. However, if you do it right, the pros outweigh the cons, and web icons can be just the finishing touch your site needs. Besides, if you can’t find the perfect stock icons, you can always have a custom set of professional web icons developed for a very fair fee.

About the Author: N Collin enjoy creating and developing websites using both standard templates and stock icons as well as custom creations. She also enjoys creating sites that are mobile-friendly, often testing the way they look on the Samsung phones her friends and family members carry.

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