In comparison to the early days of the internet, browsers today are relatively robust and packed full of awesome features. But browsers also offer add-ons, so here are the 7 Firefox extensions any webmaster needs.
Firefox – as well as other modern browsers – have a plethora of community developed addons which can greatly improve your browsing experience, as well as making the life of a webmaster or developer much easier.
Click on the + symbol on the list items below to find out more about each addon.
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[toggles title=”Adblock Plus”]Adblock Plus is a nifty addon that allows the use to complete remove all advertisements and popups from the internet!
“Adblock Plus allows you to regain control of the internet and view the web the way you want to. The add-on is supported by over forty filter subscriptions in dozens of languages which automatically configure it for purposes ranging from removing online advertising to blocking all known malware domains. Adblock Plus also allows you to customize your filters with the assistance of a variety of useful features, including a context option for images, a block tab for Flash and Java objects, and a list of blockable items to remove scripts and stylesheets.”
You’re given the option to globally disable ads, as well as disabling them on certain domains or even just a page on a domain. This means you no longer have to sit through ads on – and more recently in the middle of – YouTube videos, ads on the Facebook sidebar will no longer show and those ugly affiliate ads on various websites and marketplaces will cease to exist.
[button link=”https://addons.mozilla.org/En-us/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/” icon=”fa-download” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”6eb0e2″ textcolor=”ffffff”]Download Adblock Plus[/button][/toggles]
[toggles title=”Awesome Screenshot”]Awesome Screenshot gives the user the ability to screenshot a page (or part of a page) in your browser session. You can either screenshot the full page (top to bottom, not just what you can see on your monitor), or just parts of it using the crop tool. You’ve also got options to add arrows, circles, lines, text and more to draw attention to certain aspects of the page. This is great as you don’t have to open up a programme on your computer in which you’d have to paste the screengrab in, crop out the taskbar etc and then add the desired annotations – it’s all done through the browser and you can just save the image to your PC, or store it on their servers so you can link to it via forums or instant messaging.
[button link=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/awesome-screenshot-capture-/” icon=”fa-download” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”6eb0e2″ textcolor=”ffffff”]Download Awesome Screenshot[/button][/toggles]
[toggles title=”Copy as Plain Text”]’Copy as Plain Text’ is a handy plugin for anybody who regularly uses a content management system. If you are required to copy and paste text into your CMS, this addon removes all formatting from the copied text and pastes it as plain text, therefore removing the chance of messy formatting on your page or post.
“Have you ever copy & pasted something into your email or office program and been annoyed that the text formatting (bold, font size, etc) came with it? Don’t you wish you could just copy the text itself, without having to copy it, paste it into a plain text editor, then copy it again? This extension gives you an option to copy text without the formatting. And unlike the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+V), you can even customize how it will copy & paste.
- Trim space around text
- Remove extra spaces
- Remove extra empty lines
- Use as default copy method”
[button link=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/copy-as-plain-text/” icon=”fa-download” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”6eb0e2″ textcolor=”ffffff”]Download Copy as Plain Text[/button][/toggles]
[toggles title=”Firebug”]Firebug is a great plugin for anyone with little to high knowledge of website development. It allows you to pick apart sections of pages and elements on the page, modify them, remove them or add more, without actually leaving the page you are on and without making any changes. It’s a great plugin to use if you’re trying to figure out why something isn’t working as it should, or if you want to see what something would look like before pressing the ‘save’ button.
[button link=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/firebug/” icon=”fa-download” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”6eb0e2″ textcolor=”ffffff”]Download Firebug[/button][/toggles]
[toggles title=”MeasureIt”]MeasureIt is a simple, yet effective tool for a webmaster. It’s simply a click and drag ruler that you can use to estimate the size of a certain element or picture, wuthout having to view the properties of that item. Getting it down to the exact pixel is tricky, but it’s really useful for getting rough estimates.
“Draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels.”
[button link=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/measureit/” icon=”fa-download” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”6eb0e2″ textcolor=”ffffff”]Download MeasureIt[/button][/toggles]
[toggles title=”Shorten URL”]Shorten URL is one of my favourite Firefox addons to date. I am somewhat an advocate of domain names and URL shorteners (don’t ask why because I don’t know either), and this addon manages that perfectly.
The addon gives you the options of various different sharing methods for the page you are on – it will automatically give you a shortened link and you can customise what sharing icons show on your browser. There are as follows: Copy to clipboard, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, E-mail, Gmail, StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious, Pinterest, Reddit, Evernote and Tumblr. I only use a few of these, but the thing I like the most is that you can integrate it with your Bitly account. This means that if you have a custom URL shortener set up at Bitly, when you authorise the API you will be able to shorten URLs to any page with your own domain, i.e. jd.pe for me. This is great for sharing content on social media and in e-mails quickly and professionally.
[button link=”https://addons.mozilla.org/En-US/firefox/addon/shorten-url-bitly/” icon=”fa-download” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”6eb0e2″ textcolor=”ffffff”]Download Shorten URL[/button][/toggles]
[toggles title=”Web Developer”]Web Developer – often referred to as Web Developer Toolbar – is a handy plugin for any developer or someone learning. While it incorporates features of Firebig, it has other handy features such as displaying password fields if you forget a password that is saved in a form, as well as features like disabling all images from the browser session, disabling cookies and much more.
[button link=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/web-developer/” icon=”fa-download” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”6eb0e2″ textcolor=”ffffff”]Download Web Developer[/button][/toggles]
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So in my eyes, that was the 7 Firefox extensions any webmaster needs – do you use any of these, or are there some you feel should be on this list?
Drop a comment below with suggestions so we can all check them out!