Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik

Mashup: Top 5 Useful Firefox Extensions

September 4th, 2009
Here is a mashup of my favourite FireFox Extensions

This is a mashup of my favourite FireFox Extensions

In the footsteps of my earlier post about the Gmail Labs that I recommend, here is a mashup of my favourite Firefox extensions. These have all made my internet browsing easier and more productive:

1. ColorZilla

Often I’ll see a colour on a webpage that I want to use in a project. With this extension, you click on a little eyedropper icon, then on the element you want the colour HEX or RGB colour code for. The extension puts a little eyedropper icon in the bottom left of your window and is very unobtrusive! Very helpful, especially for web designers.

2. FireFTP

Another one for web developers is FireFTP. This is a free FTP program built into your browser, simply click the FireFTP icon and a new window opens and you can login to your website. Works like any other FTP program. I do find it kicks me out once and a while, but a refresh usually does the trick. Very helpful, especially for web designers and programmers.

3. Read it Later

This one is awesome! Have you ever come across a webpage that you want to read, but don’t have the time. By clicking the “Read It later” icon, you can save it in a special folder to read it later. This saves you from clogging up your bookmarks toolbar with links that may only stay there for a day or two. I use it everyday. Very helpful and recommended for anyone who is busy!

4. Smart Bookmarks Bar

Ah yes! Do you use the FireFox BookMarks toolbar? I have many sites that I visit on a daily basis and I ran out of space in this tool bar. I downloaded the “Smart Bookmarks Tab” and instead of displaying the page icon and title, it only displays the icons (you rollover the icon to see the text). I now have room for lots of website links and folders. Highly recommended for anyone who needs quick access to many of their bookmarks.

5. Web Developer

As the name suggests, this is a great tool for web developers. You can use it to see a sites CSS, styles, validate, and even draw a ruler to measure objects. 100% recommended for anyone working on websites!

Of course all these extensions are free. I believe the best things in the world are free, and these are no exception.

I am always on the lookout for tools (preferably free), that make my busy life easier or more enjoyable. What are your must-have Firefox Extensions?

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