Want to know how to manually backup your bookmarks? Automatic systems aside, there is nothing better than diving in and manually backing your content up file by file. This way you know it is taken care of for sure. Also, many people say you don’t really have a file backed up unless you have two backups for a file. So, I thought I would take a minute to walk you through the steps of backing up your bookmarks.
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Backing up and restoring your bookmarks in Firefox is a pretty easy thing to do. However, did you know that Firefox has a way you can rollback to a previous day’s bookmark backup? This can save you a lot of heartache if you have accidently deleted a folder of useful bookmarks and you need to get them back in a hurry.
After checking over some of my statistics in Google Analytics, I figured it might be interesting to share with you some of the support articles that people come to check out here on Firefox Facts most often. Here are the 6 most popular support related tweaks and tips for Firefox.
Your web browser history is something you should be able to take around with you, no matter the browser you use. Unfortunately it is not in any browser’s best interest to talk to each other, so you must rely on a third party to get the job done. Infoaxe does the trick.
Want to export your bookmarks to a .html file? You can in Firefox with just a few clicks of the mouse. This can come in handy when it comes to syncing your bookmarks with another browser, backing up or moving from PC to PC. Mozilla has made the import and backup options in Firefox brain dead simple.
Since Facebook is the king of the hill when it comes to social networks, there have been a lot of add-ons dedicated to making it better. Facebook is great, but is not without flaws. Thankfully, these Firefox add-on developers have worked out some of the kinks and have masterminded some of the best add-ons for Firefox to date.
Here are my top five Facebook add-ons you can add to 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.
In need of a way to download all the images you may have uploaded to your Facebook photo album? Sure you could go through each image, click by click and download each one individually. Why do that though, when you have FacePAD. This extension will let you grab all the photos from any album you need on Facebook.
Better known as the Facebook Photo Album Downloader, FacePAD will not only let you grab your own photo album, but will also let you download your friends’ photo album, event albums, and group albums with the click of a button.
Here is a video from the developers on how to use FacePAD:
You can learn more about the add-on and get more help on how to use it via the Firefox Add-ons site. If you want to backup your Facebook photos or save a few that a friend has uploaded, the Facebook Photo Album Downloader will be a great timesaver for you.
Foxmarks, one of my favorite Firefox add-on suggestions for bookmark syncing and backup, is changing names today. Foxmarks is becoming Xmarks. (Waits for the “X marks the spot jokes) The new Xmarks service looks to be more geared towards sharing links, ala Stumble Upon and Digg.
Why make the move? Well, one would guess that sharing links might be a more profitable business model, more so than bookmark syncing alone. Via the Xmarks blog, here are some FAQs for those of you who might have questions about the change:
- Xmarks is a superset of Foxmarks – it adds web discovery features to our world-class bookmark sync.
- If you choose to upgrade to Xmarks, it will work seamlessly with your existing Foxmarks account and will sync with your other computers running Foxmarks.
- Foxmarks.com and our existing Foxmarks add-ons won’t change overnight. We expect to have upgrades to all three Foxmarks versions available by the end of March and we’ll provide you with more detailed info once we return from the DEMO conference.
- We’re still hard at work finding better, faster ways to sync more things in your browser.
So what new features will be brought on with the new business model?
Smarter Search – In your Google search results, Xmarks will highlight the top three sites based on bookmarking history. Put your mouse over the special icon to the side of the search results to learn more information such as reviews, and rankings.
Site Info Lookup – Clicking on the Xmarks logo in your location bar will bring up a detailed box letting you know more information about the site you are on, and help you discover other sites just like it.
Then of course, you have the bookmark and password backup and syncing capabilities that Foxmarks already brought to the table. The Xmarks browser add-on is Firefox only right now, but they promise to have Internet Explorer and Safari versions running soon. Firefox fans can grab the Xmarks add-on here to try it out. It is worth pointing out that you can install Xmarks even if you have the Foxmarks add-on installed on your computer. Xmarks will upgrade your current Foxmarks add-on and continue to sync and back up your bookmarks (and optionally passwords).
So what do you think about the change? Excited about the new features, or disappointed that an old Firefox friend is changing its ways?
When browsing through your Firefox profile folder, you might see a lot of odd files. Some might make sense, such as your searchplugins folder, however others might seem a little odd.
Here are some of the important files you might seen in your profile folder and what they are used for.
- search.sqlite and the searchplugins folder – The first file, search.sqlite stores the order that your search engines (for the search box) are sorted. Inside of the searchplugins folder you can find all the extra search engines you have installed.
- mimeTypes.rdf – your preferences with respect to what Firefox does when it comes across known file types.
- formhistory.sqlite - this is where information that you have searched for or entered into forms on web sites (think autocomplete) is stored.
- places.sqlite – this is the file that contains your bookmarks and previously visited web sites.
- cert8.db – all your security certificate settings and any SSL certificates you have imported are stored here.
- permissions.sqlite – the file here stores site specific preferences, such as if you allow it to install add-ons, show images, display popups or any special orders you have allowed for that domain.
- key3.db and signons3.txt – these are the files that store your password information you have saved.
- persdict.dat – this file will hold your words you have personally put into Firefox’s built in spellchecker.
- cookies.sqlite – your web site cookies are stored here.
Now, I do know there are more files – however, these are the files that are most important for you to know about, just in case something bad might happen. Hopefully, this additional documentation will come in handy when troubleshooting your own Firefox issues or problems.