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Most Popular Firefox Web Development Tools

One thing is for sure, with the correctly equipped Firefox browser, you too can become a better web designer or developer. How so? Well, Firefox has some really great tools for both of these jobs. Finding the one that doe the best job, is another job all on it’s own.

Firefox has a lot of web development add-ons you can use, however these are the best of the best at what they do.

  • Console² – Console² (pronounced Console Squared or Console Two) replaces the JavaScript Console with what could be the next generation Error Console. From v0.5 includes the Console Filter extension previously available separately from the Console² website.
  • User Agent Switcher – The User Agent Switcher extension adds a menu and a toolbar button to switch the user agent of the browser.
  • Firebug – Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.
  • MeasureIt – Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.
  • FoxyProxy – FoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox’s limited proxying capabilities. It offers more features than SwitchProxy, ProxyButton, QuickProxy, xyzproxy, ProxyTex, TorButton, etc.
  • FirePHP – FirePHP enables you to log to your Firebug Console using a simple PHP method call. You must have Firebug installed and the “Net” panel enabled to use this extension.
  • ColorZilla – Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies. Perfect color picker tool for Firefox.
  • Stylish – Perfect for testing those tiny CSS tweaks, you can also restyle the rest of the web too with this unique user styles manager.
  • View Source Chart – Graphically displays HTML tag boundaries, nesting tag orders, structure and hierarchy. In other words, it makes it all pretty looking.
  • Web Developer – The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

Disagree or have your own suggestion for the perfect web designer or web development add-on that should be on this list? Drop in a comment and let us know. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Most Downloaded Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

Popular Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

So which bookmark add-ons for Firefox are downloaded most often?  Here are the top ten most downloaded bookmark extensions for the browser.

    • SmarterFox – Browse faster by speeding up common tasks – faster downloading, searching, visiting favorites, copy & paste, and more.
    • Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) – Xmarks is the #1 bookmarking add-on. Install it on all your computers to keep your bookmarks and (optionally) passwords backed up and synchronized.
    • Delicious Bookmarks – Delicious Bookmarks is the official Firefox add-on for Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service.
    • StumbleUpon- StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more.
    • Speed Dial – Quicker direct access to your most visited web sites and saved links.
    • Google Toolbar – Not sure why people are still using this, however it did make it on my list of non-evil toolbars, so go figure.
    • Brief -  Brief makes reading RSS feeds as easy and intuitive as it gets. Designed to have exactly the right set of features, it is powerful and simple at the same time.
    • Fast Dial – Much like Speed Dial, this add-on gives you a quick visual way to access a number of web sites all from one page; showing thumbnails for each.
    • iMacros – Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords, then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of!
    • Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar – This add-on does exactly what you would expect, it gives you multiple bookmark rows.  Yes, I like it when they name add-ons about what they do. 

    There you have it, these add-ons have been downloaded more times than any other, and all will help you in one way, shape, or form with your bookmarks.  Have another favorite that you think deserves to be on the list?  Leave a comment, and tell me why.

    6 Add-ons to Grab Usage Stats from Firefox

    How do you use Firefox? Want to know exactly how you are making use of the Firefox web browser?  Here are six of the best add-ons for Firefox that will give you every statistic you would ever want from your own day to day usage.  From cache, to download usage, and even easy cache status – we have something here for everybody to make use of.

    Net Usage Item – Displays a progress bar of your Internet usage (grabbed from your ISP) on your Firefox Toolbar.

    Usage Counter – Tells you how much time you have spent using Firefox and browsing sites.

    StatusbarEx – Show some useful information on status bar of Firefox, such as the memory usage of system & Firefox itself, network speed, system power status, etc.

    Minimeter – Monitor your provider’s upload/download usage meter.

    DataFox – Check your BSNL DataOne and MTNL Triband bandwidth utilization in Firefox at the click of a button. A color coded progress bar and bandwidth usage tracking helps you stay within your monthly cap and efficiently utilize your bandwidth.

    Cache Status – Easy cache status & management from the status bar.

    Know of another favorite usage add-on that didn’t make it to the list?  Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments!

    Get Firefox Ready for Spring Storms

    Now that spring is here, everybody is keeping an eye on the sky.  Tornados, thunderstorms, and more are taking over the countryside, so time to take a look at some of the best weather related extensions for Firefox to help you stay in the know with watches, warnings, radars and severe weather.

    1-ClickWeather

    This add-on for Firefox enables users to view their current weather conditions, doppler radar, and international satellite maps.  It will also gather warning and 10-day forecast information from weather.com. 

    1-ClickWeather for Firefox

    WeatherBug

    An old familiar name, Weather Bug will also live in your Firefox browser status bar and give you live and local weather conditions.  It is also a little less cluttered looking, which is always a nice thing. 

    WeatherBug for Firefox

    Forecastfox

    Gathering information from AccuWeather.com, Forecastfox is highly customizable and very unobtrusive.  You can use your US zip code or you can easily find your town or city by using the built in search tool.

    Forecastfox in Firefox

    Forecastbar Enhanced

    Formerly known as Forcastfox Enhanced, this popular Firefox add-on gives you a little ‘bit more as far as weather information goes.  This adds 12 improved radar images for US locations and 4 for international locations and the ability to supply a URL to use images from other sites.

    Forecastbar Enhanced in Firefox

    How do you keep up to date with your weather information?  Personally, I have my personal area bookmarked at the Weather Underground web site.  Have any other favorite extensions or bookmarklets you like to use?

    Looking Back at the Most Popular Firefox Facts

    While checking out my Google Analytics stats for Firefox Facts, I thought it might be fun to look back and see what (so far) have been the top ten most popular items posted here on Firefox Facts.  We have some classics here, so I hope you enjoy.

    Have a favorite post of yours that didn’t make it on the list?  Feel free to share it in the comments, and maybe we can put together a user’s list of some of the favorites we have had here over the years.

    Master’s Guide to Reloading a Tab in Firefox

    Reload a Tab, Any Tab!There are a number of different ways you can reload or refresh a window in Firefox.  For such a simple task, you would have never imagined that people have put so much work into making it easier.  The truth of the matter though is they have, and I want to share with you all the tab reloading secrets that I know of (and hopefully you can share your own favorites with me).

    Here are the add-ons to help you with your page loading and re-loading.

    Now, I know a lot of people will say, “How hard is it to hit the refresh button in your browser?” So with that in mind, here are a few additional ways to reload that web page in question.

    Refresh That Tab! Reloading Keyboard Shortcuts

    Windows/Linux: F5 or Ctrl + R = Reload a Page

    Apple: F5 or Cmd + R = Reload a Page

    Extra Tip: Another way to reload that tab you are on is to left-click on the tab, drag it into the browser window and the release.  That will give it a quick refresh too.

    How do you reload your browser window?

    4 Ways to Add Rounded Tabs to Firefox

    There are many ways you can customize Firefox to make it fit your personal needs.  Don’t like the fact that the tabs are just a little rounded, and wish they were more rounded?  No need to try to find a theme that fits your needs.  I have for you, four ways to round off your tabs in Firefox using the Stylish extension.   You can round off all tabs, one tab corner, just the selected tab or forget about all this rounded stuff and make them all square.

    All Tabs are Rounded

    Want to make all of your tabs more rounded inside of Firefox?  This user style will help you get that look and feel inside of Firefox.

    Make ALL Tabs Round!

    Slightly Rounded Tabs

    If you are not that crazy about the idea of having too many rounded edges, you could just round the upper-right of the tab, if needed.

    Just a Little Roundness...

    I HATE Rounded Tabs

    Now, if you have absolute distain for the idea of rounding off your tabs, I have a user style for you too.  With this one, you can make the tabs less rounded, and more square.

    All Tabs are Square!

    Only Round the Selected Tab

    Last, but not least, you could also decide to round off only the selected tab.  The reason for doing this is to help visually make it different from the others so that you can pick it out from the crowd of tabs in your tab toolbar.

    Only Selected Tab is Round

    You now have more than a few ways to make your tabs stand out from the rest of the crowd.

    3 Best Translation Tools for Firefox

    Translation Tools for Firefox What is the best Firefox add-on to help you translate languages?  Well I am going to do more than just share one extension with you.  I am going to give you the choice of three.  From the most basic, to the advanced – here are the three best translation tools for Firefox.

    gTranslate

    With gTranslate you can translate any text in a webpage just by selecting and right-clicking over it. The extension uses (one of my personal favorite translation tools) the Google translation services to translate the text.

    Translator

    There is a lot to be said for being easy to use.  The translator add-on is web translation extension that allows you to translate any web page into nearly any language at the click of a button.  It supports Google’s translation tools, Yahoo!’s Babelfish, PROMT, freetranslation.com, Altavista’s translation tools, and Im translator.

    FoxLingo

    If you want a powerful translation tool, look no further than FoxLingo.  This add-on for Firefox will do web page translation, search translation, auto translation, has resources for learning languages and much more.  Powerful is the key word here as it can translate full web pages (over 1,500 different language pairs).

    So which is the best translation toolset for Firefox? I will leave that up to you.  If you want something powerful, I would say go with FoxLingo.  If you want something quick, gTranslate is the way to go.  Translator sits in the middle, as a good balance between the two.

    Most Popular Search Engines to Add to Firefox

    We have looked at the ten most popular search extensions for Firefox, however we can not overlook the many popular search engines you can add to the Firefox search box.

    Add to Any Search Bar Most Popular Search Plugins for Firefox *

    • YouTube – Find all kinds of cool web videos.
    • IMDB – Quickly find that one actor that was in that movie you just saw.
    • Wikipedia – The web’s encyclopedia.
    • Album-Cover-Art.org – Quickly find album art from your favorite musical artists.
    • isoHunt – BT search – Find ISO images quickly using this search plugin.
    • Merriam-Webster – It is like the dictionary, but Online! (insert ooh and awe here)
    • Live Search – Microsoft’s lovable underdog of a search engine.
    • Flickr – Find photos by searching via the image tags.
    • Weather Channel – Is that a tornado in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?
    • Amazon – Use Amazon’s A9 search to find Amazon products, and anything else on the Web.

    Roll Your Own Search Plugin

    Want to roll your own search plugin using any web site search box out there.  That is an easy task to accomplish with the Add to Search Bar extension.  If you want to “do it by hand” you can also create your own plugins with this handy tutorial from the Mozilla Developer Center.

    More Search Plugin Databases

    Now with those mentioned, you can’t mention the search engine box without mentioning the MyCroft project.  There you can find a search engine plugin or search provider that you can quickly add to the Firefox search box.

    To check out their most popular search engines, be sure to check out the Top 100 listings.

    What tools and plugins do you use to keep your searching in order?

    * – Yes,I left Google off the popular plugin list, cause everybody knows about Google.

    10 Popular Search Tools for Firefox

    Searching in Firefox is a very easy thing to do.  Just type a phrase into the search box in your upper-right corner of the browser and hit the “Enter” key.  Now the trick is, how can we make searching in Firefox better?  Here are ten of the most popular Firefox add-ons to revolutionize the way you search the Web.

    • Googlepedia – delivering relevant Wikipedia articles along with your search results.
    • Google Assistant – Surf Canyon – helps to unleash the power of search by helping you find relevant information buried in the search results of Google, Yahoo!, Live Search and more.
    • VideoSurf Search Plugin – Use VideoSurf’s visual search engine to find videos from all over the web.
    • Add to Search Bar – Make any pages’ search functionality available in Firefox’s built in search box.
    • Advanced Dork – Get quick access to Google’s advanced operators (such as site:, intext:, and others) directly from Firefox’s context menu.
    • AutoPager – Automatically load the next page of any site that has inline results.  When you reach the bottom of one page go to the next!
    • CustomizeGoogle – Add tons of extra information and tools to Google and remove unwanted information you don’t need.
    • Infoaxe – Full text history search synchronized between multiple computers and multiple browsers.  Think of it as bookmark syncing for your browsing history.
    • Who Is This Person? – Highlight any name on the Web to see matching information from services like Wink, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Facebook, Google News, and more.
    • BetterSearch – An add-on for Firefox and Flock which enhances Google and Yahoo! with all their international flavors, MSN and Delicious by adding previews (thumbnails) and additional functionality.

    Have another favorite search add-on for Firefox that did not make it onto the list?  Leave it in the comments, because I would love to hear your opinion on which would be the king of the search extensions.