10 Great Firefox Plugins
Firefox is a great browser. If you’re a web developer you’ve come to love it because of its adherence to web standards and the ease of making your websites look nice. I know a lot of people though, that just use Firefox as is and don’t bother to dive into the world of add-ons to customize their browsing experience.
Here are 10 great plugins that help make your Firefox experience better (in no specific order).
- Google Preview
- IE Tab
- Stumble Upon
- Fast Dial
- Server Switcher
- Web Developer
- Adblock Plus
Google Preview basically adds thumbnails to each website when you search Google. I really like this plugin because it lets me checkout the pages before I click on the link.
Have you ever had the troubles of trying to code your website so it looked good in Firefox and IE? Its a pain getting everything looking good on both browsers. IE Tab allows you to view your site in IE through Firefox so you don’t even need to have IE on your computer unfortunately still need to have IE on your computer.
StumbleUpon allows you to find new sites with the push of a button. If you’re bored this plugin can spice up your browsing life. If you’re a developer, StumbleUpon can drive thousands of visitors to your website.
Fast Dial gives you fast access to your favorite sites through thumbnails. When you open a new tab, fast dial opens (instead of about:blank) and gives you 12 thumbnails to your favourite sites. Its totally customizable and makes browsing much quicker.
Server Switcher allows you to easily switch between sites on your development and live servers, so that you can immediately see the differences. This saves a tonne of time because you don’t need to edit your hosts file ever time. I use this at work and it literally saves me at least 10 minutes a day.
Web Developer is a lot like Firebug in the sense that it gives you full control over a sites CSS. The great thing about this plugin is that its supported on a few different browsers, so if you switch between them you’ll be able to use the plugin on all.
If you use Firefox on more than one computer, you’ll want Foxmarks. Install Foxmarks on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. I have three different computers that I work on and this plugin allows me to keep my bookmarks synced in all three browsers.
Adblock Plus allows you to specific which ads you don’t want loaded on your favourite sites. Right-click on a banner and choose “Adblock” from the context menu - the banner won’t be downloaded again.
All of these plugins either save me time or my sanity as I’m using Firefox. There are a plethora of other plugins that are just as good but I really don’t have time to get into all of them. I want to know what plugins you use. Which ones make your top 10 list? If you have any other plugins to add to the list feel free to add them to the comment section below.