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Cover Firefox in Black Steel

Want to coat your favorite browser in Black Steel? The Black Steel theme for Firefox might not exactly be my cup of tea, however it does have a simplistic dark appeal that I am sure many will love.  If your searching for a black theme, it is one of the best looking ones of the bunch too. 

Black Steel for Firefox

The entire theme is very sleek and polished feeling.  One feature that it provides that many other dark themes are lacking is that it is still easy to read the menus and other text inside the browser too, without having to slowly inch your face towards your monitor. 

You can pick up the Black Steel theme over on the Firefox Add-ons site.

Get the Best of Firefox on FirefoxFacts.com

New Feature on Firefox Facts

Have you seen the new menu item on FirefoxFacts.com?  I have gone through the four years of archives I’ve posted here to find all of the “best of” Firefox-related posts.  Here is just a small sample of the posts you will find there:

Be sure to check out the new “Best of Firefox” page via FirefoxFacts.com, for a true collection of every best of list I have put out there over the years.

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.

New Tab King Shakes Up Your New Tab Experience

New Tab King? I always love to look at any kind of stats, because they interest me.  I like to know what people are doing, how many people are doing it and where they are coming from.  With that said, there is a new Firefox add-on that will let you keep tabs on your tabs.  All hail the New Tab King!

The New Tab King extension for Firefox gives you one spot to see all the web sites you use the most.  Instead of getting a blank page when you open a new tab, the New Tab King add-on delivers to you  the web sites and bookmarks you have visited the most in the past 30 days.  Each site is displayed with its description text and the web site’s favicon.

This add-on for Firefox could definitely become a fan favorite over time.  So if you want to replace your new tab screen with something a little more useful, give New Tab King a shot.

Bonus – check out our second look at New Tab King, and their new features!

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.

Go Wii With Your Firefox

WiiFox theme for Firefox

Ready to make your Firefox browser a little more Wii-like?  WiiFox, a new theme for Firefox, is based on the highly popular video game system the Nintendo Wii.  It doesn’t really rip anything off directly, it just takes inspiration really from the Wii’s own internet browser and interface. 

If you like the theme, be sure to let the developer know.  Since it is right now an “experimental” theme, I am sure feedback would be appreciated in any way you can give it. Savaden, the theme’s creator, is becoming a favorite of mine to watch – as he also brough us the Mushroom Kingdom Firefox theme too.  You can pick up the WiiFox theme on the Firefox Add-ons site.

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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Beginner Guide to Stylish

Stylish Add-on in Status Bar Have you ever looked at a web page and thought to yourself, “it would look better if I could only move this over there, or change the color of that or..” well, there are a lot of things you could change about a lot of the Web’s most popular web sites.  One tool for Firefox lets you customize the look and feel of Firefox and the Web, Stylish.

Using what is called “user styles” the Stylish add-on for Firefox can empower your browsing experience by letting you personalize or fix the features of Firefox or the Web in general that bug you the most.

How do I get started with Stylish?

Once installed, all you have to do is right-click the status bar icon, select “Write Style” and then choose if you want to write a style for the URL you are on right now, or create an empty style not related to any web site, for now at least.  You can also tag your style, giving it a few descriptive words. 

Write a New Style in Stylish!

Now how do you know what to put into the window, to customize Firefox (as I have done in the screenshot above) or your favorite web site?  I suggest checking out userstyles.org. 

Where can I find and learn to create user styles?

Not only is userstyles.org a great repository of scripts others have written that you can use, it is also a place where you can view the code they used, so you can try it out when you create your own user style.

Here are a few resources to get you started finding the user style that you need or want to use:

There is also a user styles blog and set of forums for you to follow too.  If I had a top 10 list of my favorite Firefox add-ons, Stylish would be in the top 5, at least.  Anything that helps the users of Firefox customize the Web or Firefox to meet their needs better is a winner in my book.

Fast Forward to Other Popular Sites

Fast Forward for Firefox Want another way to find out what other people are looking at?  The Fast Forward add-on for Firefox is an interesting one.  It adds a fast forward button to the browser, so you can see what is the top page that most people look at after looking at the page you are on.  For example, if you were on FirefoxFacts.com, and hit the button – it might lead you to Mitchelaneous.com, because more people went to that web site next more so than any other web site online.

They describe it as Amazon recommendations for web pages.  Such as, “People who viewed this page also viewed this next page…”.  Why use FastForward compared to StumbleUpon?  Here are the reasons they give:

  • Page Relevance – We give relevant results based on the page you are on, it isn’t something random.
  • No Registration. We don’t ask for any personal information to use the service.
  • Only 1 button – We only add 1 small FastForward button, not a toolbar.

They boast having over 200,000 people contributing and over 40,000 websites in our system.  So, chances are you should find some good results (for at least popular web sites).  You can learn more at buzzbox.com or pick up the extension on Firefox’s add-on web site.

Why is NASA Night Launch a Popular Theme?

NASA Night Launch Tweaks I have not spent much time with the NASA Night Launch theme for Firefox, but I did always wonder, why is it the most popular and downloaded theme for Firefox?  Sure, it is a dark (and very nice looking theme), but what else is there to it?  Well, if you do a little digging – you can find several guides on how to modify the NASA Night Launch theme to fit your own needs.

Here are a few example tips and tricks:

To use these tweaks and tips for yourself, all you need to do is download the NASA Night Launch theme from the Firefox Add-ons site – and get started.