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10 Popular Web Designer Tools for Firefox

Thanks to Firefox and some of the great add-ons that have been developed for it, your browser is your best friend when it comes to web site design.  From CSS tools, to promoting your domain, here are 10 of the most popular web designer tools for Firefox.

Any of these add-ons would be great to add to your own proverbial web designer’s toolbelt.

  • ColorZilla – This advanced eyedropper and color picker will help you find out exactly what color is being used on somebody else’s web site, so you can use it on your own.
  • 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.
  • FireFTP – Looking for an FTP client you can reach from inside of Firefox?  FireFTP is a free, secure, cross platform FTP client built into and for Firefox.
  • IE Tab – Quickly embed Internet Explorer into an open tab of Firefox, for cross browser web site checking and testing.
  • Picnik – Get quick access to your own online image editor with this add-on.  It adds a menu option to import images right into the Picnik online image editor.
  • Stylish – This add-on is often considered for web site tweakers, however it can also be used to add or remove CSS and design elements on the fly, without even having to login to your web site.
  • Web Developer Toolbar – By far, the king of the web development Firefox extensions.  It adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
  • User Agent Switcher – Another good one to have for cross browser testing.  It adds a menu to the toolbar so you can quickly change the user agent of the browser.
  • FireShot – Take a screenshot and also add notes to it.  If you are a designer, wanting to highlight key features of a design to a client, there is no better Firefox add-on out there to do just that.
  • SeoQuake – Aimed at the search engine optimization crowd, this extension will help webmasters deal with the promotion side of their domains.

What Firefox add-ons and services help you get the job done when it comes to web design?  Drop in a comment, and give me your own “best of” suggestions.


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10 Great Money Saving Add-ons for Firefox

Firefox Add-ons to Save You Cash We can’t count on Uncle Sam to get us out of our economic woes, so who can we trust?  I say trust Firefox. It has never asked for a penny, and is always so reliable. With that said, what Firefox add-ons out there will help you save some money?  Here are my favorites:

RetailMeNot – Never miss a bargain again. Automatically informs you of sites that retailmenot.com users have shared discount coupon codes for.

Woot Watcher – Woot Watcher monitors the Woot! web site, and keeps you updated with the current item, price, and if it is sold out.

Price Protectr Toolbar – Price protect your purchases with a single click! Watch and target prices, find coupons, get retailer ratings, and improve your online shopping experience.

PriceDrop – An extension which helps you track Amazon product prices and get notifications when they drop.

PriceAdvance – Get price comparisons as you shop around the Web, so you can get the best deal.

Forex Currency Converter – Just click on any currency data on any web page to convert that amount across over 180 foreign exchange rates right on your screen.

KeepCash Coupon Notifier – Lightweight Firefox extension to notify you when online coupons exist for a site that you are shopping at.

Pronto Shopping Messenger – Instant price comparisons when you shop online via a small message window that alerts you of potential savings.

BuyBuddy – Locate products on those pages that are offered through Amazon and ‘tag’ them.

MoneyQuake – Moneyquake is a extension, which displays your real-time earning statistics from most popular advertisement systems (such as Google AdSense).

Know of another add-on that helps you keep a ‘bit more of the green stuff in your wallet?  If so, drop it into the comments.  We will just consider this an economic stimulus for us Firefox fans.

Organize and Clean Firefox’s Messiest Features

A clean browser is a happy browser, right?  I like to keep everything neat, trim and in it’s place when browsing the Web, so it should come to no surprise I have covered cleaning the clutter here plenty of times.  Here are six different ways you can clean up some of the feature in Firefox that tend to get a little messy over the years:

Get More Toolbar Space in Firefox

I think I have a pretty optimized Firefox setup. Personally I don’t think anybody needs more than two toolbars in Firefox at all times. How can you cut down on the clutter and keep everything accessible with just a few clicks here and there?

Clean Up Your Right-Click Menu

From the creator of Colorful Tabs, we have yet another handy and helpful Firefox extension.  FfChrome, for Firefox, is an add-on that trims and slims your context menus.  After installing too many add-ons, your right click menu might get a little cluttered.  FfChrome is here to clean things up.

Clear the Clutter from Your Status Bar

Messy status bars make for bad browsing. Ok, maybe that is not true. They do make for a temperamental and somewhat anal Firefox guru though. Mike wants to know if there is a better way to organize the status bar in Firefox.

Hide Your Menu Bar

Now when it comes to using a browser, some people like a lot of open space and others like to have a plethora of tool bars. Personally I find myself in the first camp – most of the time. That is why I was happy to see this new Hide Menubar extension roll my way.

Compact Your Menu Bar Even More in Firefox

One add-on I keep adding on is Tiny Menu, due to the fact that I like to have a minimalist browsing experience.  However, I have found one extension that does an even better job than Tiny Menu at compacting the standard menu bar down to one small popup menu, Compact Menu 2.

(Bonus) More Ways to Shrink Down Your Menu Bar

Is your menu bar taking up too much wasted space? Well you could hide it, shrink it, or just not use it. How can you get that done? Thankfully others have run into this same issue before and there are a slew of Firefox extensions to help you minimize your Firefox menus.

Have another method that works better for you?  Feel free to share in the comments!

Firefox Coming Apart at the Seams Wallpaper

I’ve gone over how difficult it is to find Firefox-themed wallpaper that is really worth my time.  With that said, I have hit another lucky jackpot with this great widescreen selection. Here you have it:

Firefox Wallpaper by Envirotechture

+ Pickup this Firefox Wallpaper via Deviant Art

The full size of the wallpaper is 1920×1200, so should be more than big enough to be resized to fit your own desktop needs.  Want more? Check out:  http://www.firefoxfacts.com/tag/wallpaper/

Link Tour Through the Firefox Knowledge Base

Firefox Knowledge Base The Firefox Knowledge Base has grown to become a pretty helpful tool when it comes to looking up or reading through documentation on some of Firefox’s features.  However, I bet you have not yet taken a deeper look at this great service provided by the Mozilla team.

As an example, did you know you can browse through all of the articles posted here:

They also provide you with a support forum too, so you can browse through past questions or post your own:

You might also want to register, so that you can help out as a contributor or just gain more access to the tools provided as a user. 

Also, you can’t forget about the awesome live chat available too.

As you can see, there is a lot to love about this support resource.  If you consider yourself a Firefox expert, you could always donate your time and contribute in a number of different ways.  If you are just a regular user, this is a good spot to bookmark just in case Firefox isn’t working right.

Has the Knowledge Base helped you, or is it still missing features you would like to see?

Best Firefox Facts of December 2008

What Firefox tips, tricks and reviews did December bring out way?  Well, there is no doubt that Firefox closed out the year doing better than ever.  Here are some of the highlights we shared together here on FirefoxFacts.com in the month of December – one more time.

Useful Firefox Add-ons

Mozilla and Firefox News

Best of the Best Firefox Tools

Firefox Themes

Firefox Tweaks, Hacks and Tips

From everybody at Firefox Facts (which I am pretty sure, that is just me) I want to wish all the Firefox fans out there who come in and visit or subscribe to the RSS feed a very happy new year!

Also, be sure to check out the best web hosting podcasts of 2008 too!  Great list of great shows!

Firefox Nebula Wallpaper

I am not a big fan of logos or marketing on my wallpaper, however even I have been using this beauty.

firefox-wallpaper

Found it randomly when surfing through Google images looking for something totally un-related.  Maybe finding treasures like this is better when you don’t look for it, it just finds you… or perhaps that is a little too deep of a rabbit hole to jump down this early in the morning.

You can pick the wallpaper up at Gnome-Look.org, and I have also seen it here too (just in case that first one give you trouble or goes down). 

Best Firefox Facts of November 2008

The Thanksgiving leftovers are starting to taste funny, and your already thinking of starting a new exercise program. Those two events coming together as one can only mean one thing. November is over. Here are some of the best Firefox Facts November had to offer.

Firefox Themes

Useful Firefox Add-ons

Best of the Best Firefox Tools

Mozilla and Firefox News

Firefox Tweaks, Hacks and Tips

Just think of this as your Thanksgiving Day leftovers warmed up one more time. Now to start planning for how Firefox Facts will leave you begging for more in December 2008. End of year awards, anyone?

Bonus: Check out podcast #173 of the Web Hosting Show, my web development and hosting podcast side project.  Totally free, and updated every week.

Fashion Your Firefox

Having a hard time finding the right mix of Firefox add-ons that are right for you?  Well, Mozilla has taken some of the work out of the process with Fashion Your Firefox.  From here, you can choose from several different personality types and then get the best mixture of Firefox extensions to make your browsing experience even better.  Do you fit into any of these categories?

addonguy-large-227x300 Finder and Seeker

“I want to make finding information on the Web simpler and more relevant to me.”

Social Butterfly

“I love social networks! I keep track of friends and family, share photos, organize events, and am always looking for ways to stay connected.”

Shutterbug

“I love to view and share pictures and videos online.”

Digital Pack Rat

“I want a hassle-free way to keep track of my favorite sites, bookmarks, blogs and, well, everything!”

Rock Star

“Music and the Web go together like rock stars and leather — I love to listen while I surf, work, email or research online.”

Decorator

“I decorate my room, my office, even myself! So why not decorate my browser?”

Shopaholic

“I love to shop online and am always looking for ways to take advantage of great online deals.”

News Junkie

“I want to know what’s happening in the world as it happens. And the weather helps me plan my week — temperature, please!”

Executive Assistant

“I need a better way to make lists and organize myself (no more sticky notes!).”

Another great idea from the Mozilla team.  If you want to learn more about the back-end of things, be sure to check out the Mozilla Add-ons blog post about the newest addition to the Firefox customization family:  http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2008/11/18/fashion-your-firefox-a-new-distribution-channel-for-add-ons/