There was a time when Mozilla Firefox was the most favorite browser of web developers. Then Google Chrome came along, knocked out Firefox and Internet Explorer, and took the top spot.
Still, Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world but we web designers have special needs. We need speedy browsers because we have to work with loads of tabs and we are almost always short of ram. We also have other special needs, such as which browser works with HTML5.
Vessel conducted a browser performance test and guess what, Firefox turned out as a browser that can do nothing wrong.
If you have loads of ram in your computer, then perhaps Firefox wouldn’t be a great advantage to you but I always felt that the interface of FF is more techie-friendly. And that’s why I never stopped using Firefox. I’m sure there are many web designers and developers who still use Firefox as their primary browser, and this post is for all of them.
This is a collection of 11 free Firefox extensions for web designers and developers. Almost all of these extensions are five star rated and highly trusted by programmers and designers all over the world.
But before we go onto the extensions, here’s the test I was talking about.
Why do I care about Firefox?
My laptop broke over the weekend and I was writing an article at that time. I wanted to continue because momentum is crucial in writing… what to do? I just decided to use dad’s old desktop computer. Oh boy, there goes my anger management.
I barely opened Designzzz and it started getting held. It became painfully slow. I realized that there wasn’t enough ram. Where did the ram go?
Soon I realized that 3GB ram just wasn’t enough because Google Chrome alone was taking 1.2 GBs of ram. I installed Firefox and the things got better. That’s the moment when I decided I had to make this post. Because ram is important. In there was line in the programmer pick up lines that said: I’ll always have ram for you.
So I decided that ram is important. Many web designers have to use Firefox because of its low ram consumption so I should help them work even better within their resources.
Mozilla Firefox Extensions for Web Designers and Developers
There was a time when we couldn’t imagine Firefox without Firebug but now local inspect element has become so advanced that I have decided not to include it. But have I excluded it? I just featured it, didn’t I?
This is a pretty cool extension. If you have Photoshop installed in your computer, only then this extension will work.
It is a new companion for web and graphic designers to open up any web image with Adobe Photoshop via a single and quick mouse click.
This first ever splash screen (loading screen) of Adobe Photoshop.
How often has it happened to you that you opened a website and loved the color scheme? How you wished you could copy…. I mean take inspiration from this color scheme. Now it is possible.
This is a screen capture and annotation tool. Simple and lightweight.
If you are a web designer, the chances are that you’re already using it. If, however you are not then you should.
It’s a pretty simple utility. It lets you measure surface area on an opened web page. It’s one of the most essential tools for web designers.
It’s a good practice to test websites on older versions Internet Explorer as well that’s because many users use only IE. If you’d like to test your websites in IE, then you just install this extension and you’ll never have to leave Firefox at all.
It is a toolbar. I know we hate toolbars but if there was one toolbar that I’d be okay to keep, it would be this one. The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
This is one of the best tools for on-page SEO information. It is a powerful extensions but there’s only one problem. It displays Display the Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete ranking and mozRank. Also, keyword density analyzer, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more.
Note: there’s one problem. When you install it, it doesn’t display anywhere because its default position was status bar which has been removed from Firefox. So here’s what I do.
I go to options and place it next to tabs.
This extension can simplify the rule to just specify the URI and Content type and can enable/disable each rule separately.
This is basically a search extension, or a private search extension but I find this app amazingly useful for searching pictures. Of course, it’s main feature of web search is also pretty awesome. I think a techie should have this extension.
Let’s end the post with something humorous for the web designers. This is a shooting game for developers.
Usually such games sound a lot of fun but never live up to the expectations. However, this one does.
That’s it. That’s all the extensions I had for you today. If you use any extension that you find useful, please share with your fellow readers by posting a comment below. Thanks.