I’m an avid fan of Mozilla Firefox and have been using it for about 6 years now. I started using it when it was still called Firebird. From the moment I started using Firefox, I never looked back. I only use Internet Explorer for downloading Windows updates , the Microsoft website and other sites designed to only work with IE.
Aside from better security, pop-up blocking and faster browsing, one of the reasons that I love Firefox is the vast array of extensions, themes and add-ons that you can download and use to customize it for your personal needs. As a blogger, here are some of the add-ons that I find to be very useful for my activities as a blogger and some that I think would also be useful for other bloggers.
What I use:
Sage is a lightweight RSS and Atom feed aggregator extension for Mozilla Firefox. It’s got a lot of what you need and not much of what you don’t.
From my experience, Sage is the best RSS feed aggregator add-on for Firefox. Adding, managing and updating feeds is very easy. Link
Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies.
Helps me find out the hex code of a certain color from a website or blog. All you have to do is click on the dropper icon (lower left corner of Firefox), and hover mouse over desired area and you’ll see the hex values beside the icon. Link
Draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels.
Just click on the icon (lower left corner of Firefox), then click and drag across area you wanna measure and it will automatically display the width and height. If you wanna make a new measurement, just click and drag across any area of the window. Link
*Colorzilla & MeasureIt are really helpful especially when you want to customize your WordPress theme. (changing colors, resizing things)
Other useful add-ons:
These are some of the add-ons that I found that I thing would be useful for other bloggers. I haven’t tried or tested them yet so I’m not sure if they really work.
This extension allows you to activate coComment! from the right-click context menu and reduces your onscreen movement time so that you dont have to move all the way from the comment text box to the Bookmarks and then back to the Submit button. Link
Displays your Adsense earnings on the Firefox statusbar. Link
Windows Live Writer is a new desktop application for composing blog posts to your blog service. It blogs a page or selected text to Windows Live Writer. To use it you need to have Windows Live Writer installed on your machine. Link
Get quick access to your wordpress.com account from your browser sidebar. Easy to use. Link
Share your favorite Firefox add-ons for blogging or let me know if I missed any add-ons that you think are useful for bloggers.
@Can’t Live without Firefox – Hi there! Good to see another Firefox fan like me. Yup, me too. I love my addons so much I don’t know what I’ll do without them. Thanks for dropping by! :D
im also a firefox lover.. ^_^ love the addons
@Trinity – Good for you! I’m sure you’ll have a better browsing experience now that you’ve switched to Firefox. :)
I recently switched to Firefox as my main browser because I was getting a hard-to-nail-down hijacking adware with IE. Haven’t had any problems since then so I think I’m a Firefox convert. :)
@Ymir – Yeah you should. Thanks but I’ve changed it back to my old theme. Hehe :D
@aldrin – That’s the only thing I don’t like about FF, it’s how it uses up too much resources. I wish they did something about it so that future versions of FF would use up less resources. :)
I always want to prefer FF over IE, but it seems that FF eats up a greater chunk of memory than IE does. And it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until my pc hangs. (no extensions yet) somethin’s wrong maybe. i observed that.
gotta get that colorzilla… hehe
bago skin ha.. nice!
@J David – For me it’s both ColorZilla and MeasureIt. Thanks for sharing bout Web Developer, I’ll install it and give it a try later.
That’s a very good article about Windows Update. I’m gonna use it. :)
Colorzilla is by far my most used plugin as well. But my second most used was missing from your list! It is called Web Developer, and it has tons of tools to use.
Oh, and you don’t need IE to update windows. Check out this article for several ways to avoid it.
@jhay – Really? Maybe you can share with us your list of add-ons. If you’re not using Sage, then what do you use for aggregating RSS feeds?
@Joni – You’re welcome & have fun! :D
Strange enough, I have none of the add-ons you’ve mentioned. I have a totally different set of add-ons. ;)
Oh wait, I have sage, but I’ve never really used it since I first installed it, like a year ago? LOL
@Dre – Yeah, for someone who does a lot of web designing you’ll really like it. :)
I like Colorzilla! I’m going to add that ;)
@trench – Cool! Firefox has gone a long way since the Firebird days hasn’t it? Thanks for sharing about X-ray. I haven’t heard or seen that extension before. :)
Ei Jaypee! Thanks for the list! I will install these tomorrow! ;)
I have all these plugins and they are all great. I started using Firefox when it was firebird as well.. You need to add X-ray to your arsenal. Very good to find problems in your coding.