10 Essential Firefox Utilities for Web Designers and Developers


Most of the web designers and developers use Mozilla Firefox as their primary web browser.  this is because Firefox is fast, secure, reliable, but one thing that asserts Firefox’s supremacy over the rest is the Utilities that can be plugged into it. The following post is about 10 of those utilities that would enhance the productivity of a web designer or a developer by a great deal. Almost all of these utilities are Five Star Rated. All the images are linked back to the source websites. For downloading and installing instructions please visit these source pages.

Web Developer

firefox toolbar

A Toolbar for Firefox. Very handy, very useful.

The source description is: The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

Scribe Fire

essential utility for bloggers

Arguably the most important Firefox utility for a blogger. This is a full-featured multi-blog editing tool that integrates your Firefox to your blogs, and helps you to post on the blogs very very easily and rapidly.

Total Validator

Web Page Validator

A Great 5-in-1 validator tool for web designers and developers. Provides validation for HTML 2.0 XHTML 1.1 with attribute checking, accessibility validation (WCAG, US-508) and it can also do the broken link checking and spell checking in five major languages.


firefox utility for web designers

This one is a pretty unique utility. It is aimed for the web designers. It allows them to draw a rectangle right on top of a web page and check its height, width and alignment. It comes very handy when you are thinking of adding something into a webpage but before doing so, you would want to know the facts and figures. So its easy to visualize what your page will look after the modification.

Search Status

The ultimate tool to view your Search Engine ranking. Just have a look at the description by the maker:

“Display the Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete ranking and SEOmoz Linkscape mozRank anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more.”

SEO for Firefox

firefox toolbar for SEO

A quite useful resource for SEO Experts. This page integration tool is designed by Seobook.

Open IE

This is a cute utility. It enables you to open a new tab of IE (Internet Explorer) right in your Firefox.


Web page debugging utility

One the most popular utilities in web designers and developers. It enables you to monitor, edit or debug HTML, CSS and Java Script live in Firefox.

HTML Validator

HTML validation utility for firefox

One the most used validators available for Firefox. Its ease of use and elevates it to a level above all but at the same time this is not a very advanced level validation tool. Its best suitable only routine web page validations.

Window Resizer

view webpage in different resolutions

A very productive tool. With this, you can view a web page in many screen resolutions, such as 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1600×1200. It just restores the the Firefox window to that resolution. Currently it only supports versions upto 3.5.

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  1. Dzinepress December 7, 2010 at 7:04 am

    helpful for developers.

  2. Hermitbiker December 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    ….. some good tips and even better utilities for Firefox to help web de4signers and developers thanks to “Designzzz.com” !!

  3. Euro 2012 Football Kits December 10, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I wasn’t really aware of all these. Thanks to you now I can maximize Firefox. And so I thought it was just simply for browsing.

  4. LKJ December 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

    It would help if you could write more details about each of these utilities. After all, their functions seem quite essential. Web developers would find great use for these applications.

    I have been a Firefox user for many years, and despite the arrival of other web browsers, I find Mozilla’s interface quite easy to use. It seldom crashes, and its security feature works fine with me.

    I installed the Search Status. The lower left side of the screen shows the page rank of every website I checked from Alexa. This information would be helpful for putting ads at the right website.

    I still have to check the other utilities. Thanks for writing about these.

  5. website repairs December 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

    These are really the essentials for web developers. As of now, I’m only using the Searchstatus and SEO for Firefox.

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  7. Proteinpulver January 12, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Hey Nice blog Tanks :-)

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