Must Have Firefox Addons to Boost the Productivity of Bloggers
Firefox is currently the ultimate choice for bloggers because of its awesome collection of addons. These addons provide a lot of flexibility by reducing the necessity of separate tools for different tasks of blogging. This saves a lot of time required in managing different tools and thus increases the overall productivity of Blogger. In this article we have compiled best Firefox addons necessary for Bloggers.
If you browse a lot in the office and are afraid of opening any illegal website by mistake, NSFW addon will be perfect for you. This addon will warn you about which website is safe for work and which is not safe for work.
Firefox addon for blogger will help to quickly write post from any page of browser. Supports multiple blogging platform.
Collection of useful addon for Social bookmarking websites like reddit, Digg, Stumbleupon and many more.
If you routinely visit several blogs or websites as soon as you wake up (like check your stats or AdSense earnings), then this plugin is for you. It basically lets you open websites in tabs that are a part of your everyday ritual, in one click. This extension also lets you organize websites by day, which is handy if you follow a different routine on Sunday, than, say, Tuesday.
Read It Later allows you to save pages of interest to read later. It eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest.
The All-in-One Sidebar (AiOS) is an award-winning sidebar control, inspired by Opera’s. It let’s you quickly switch between sidebar panels, view dialog windows such as downloads, extensions, or even the source code of websites in the sidebar.
Channel-surf the Internet with the StumbleUpon Toolbar. StumbleUpon discover websites based on your interests, learns what you like, and brings you more. Bloggers can also use it for promoting their blog.
Delicious Bookmarks is the official Firefox add-on for Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service. It integrates your bookmarks and tags with Firefox and keeps them in sync for easy, convenient access.
Social networking and link sharing addicts rejoice, Shareaholic allows you to quickly share, bookmark, and email web pages across many web 2.0 social networking and bookmarking sites such as Digg, Delicios, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Mixx and many others without cluttering up your browser with multiple toolbars and buttons.
Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a web page. Now you won’t have to paste images in Photoshop or a any other photo editing program to find its height or width.
ReminderFox displays and manages lists of date-based reminders and To-Do’s. It makes sure you remember all of your important dates via easy-to-use lists, alerts, and alarm notifications. Very useful for bloggers and freelancers alike as it’ll enable you to set deadlines and reminders for writing posts, paying your bills, important events etc.
The One-Click Installer plugin allows you to install plugins or themes on your self-hosted WordPress blogs with a single click. Now you won’t have to first download your favorite plugin and then FTP it to your blog.
PS: This plugin requires that you have installed and enabled the One Click WordPress plugin.
SearchStatus displays the Google PageRank, Alexa Rank, and Compete Ranking anywhere in your browser. It also enables you to quickly analyze keyword density, highlight no-follow links on the page, and more. Very handy for all the bloggers and the SEO people out there.
WiseStamp enables you to easily customize & add personalized HTML email signatures on any webmail service (GMail, Yahoo!, AOL, and HotMail). You can see a few examples of the signatures it can make in the above image.
FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers. Along with transferring your files quickly and efficiently, FireFTP also includes more advanced features such as directory comparison, syncing directories while navigating, SFTP, SSL encryption, search/filtering, integrity checks, remote editing, drag & drop, file hashing, and much more…
Do you listen to music while blogging or surfing the web? FoxyTunes lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios, and much more with a click right from your browser.
View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar without the download window getting in the way of web browsing. If you’re an avid downloader then this plugin will certainly boost your productivity.
With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color, and paste it into another program. You can zoom the page you are viewing and measure the distances between any two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in custom palettes. DOM spying features allow getting various information about DOM elements quickly and easily. And there’s more… Very nifty plugin if you ask me.
AdSense Notifier displays your AdSense earnings on the statusbar. A huge productivity booster and time saver if you’re addicted to checking your AdSense stats every 9 seconds.
FireShot allows you to take screenshots of web pages. Unlike other Firefox plugin though, this one provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify web captures and insert text and graphical annotations. FireShot lets you capture the entire web page or only the visible part of the web page. This plugin is very useful for bloggers who don’t have a premium screenshot taking utility and editor like SnagIt.
This is a great tool for bloggers as you can easily see how your blog will be displayed in IE, within Firefox. Now you won’t have to open Internet Explorer ever again! This plugin is also useful when you want to open IE specific websites such as Windows Update.
Zemanta inserts a box in your right hand sidebar in the WordPress write panel and it enables you to paste images and links in your post related to your content with a single click. Once you’ve written about 300 characters, it automatically adds related images and articles in the right sidebar. You can easily insert the images you like by clicking on them. The images are creative commons. Click on the above image to get a glimpse of what it can do.
Very cool plugin. It also supports LiveJournal, Blogger and WordPress.com.
CoComment allows you to keep track of your comments across any blog. Very helpful if you subscribe to a lot of comment feeds or if you comment a lot.
PS: You’ll first have to register at CoComment before you can use this plugin.
This splits the the content area of the browser window as you like. It’ll save you a lot of time if you research and write your post simultaneously.
Using Rank Checker you can check where your blog ranks in the search engines for a particular keyword.
It is another Firefox addon which acts as an alternative for a feed reader. Its features are not less worth than a full feed reader. The feeds are displayed in form of a full web page with a sidebar containing user’s subscriptions. The items can be searched and bookmarked. There is also a notification option which informs whenever there is an update in any feed.
Web of Trust warns you about risky sites that cheat customers, deliver malware or send spam. Never in my life did I have a problem with some serious viruses infecting my computer until about a month ago. Suddenly my browser got frozen and in about 5 minutes all the programs and applications on my computer stopped working while the antivirus software that I had (kasperski) haven’t showed any thread which surprised me tremendously. Having restarted the system I trying at least something I was continuously getting the notice that I have to send a sms to some address and buy the security code that should unblock my computer or something along that line. I had to reinstall the system on my pc but this was not the end yet.
A simple nice add-on that blocks add-on the pages. Once installed it will show up in a red hexagon in the top right of the browser window. Nothing special to say about it but it makes my life easier.
AddThis is a nice add-on making sharing and bookmarking simple. The list of social icons will be added to your
browser toolbar area as well as to right-click mouse options. You just click on the icon, the application connects to your social network account and posts the update there.
If your bookmarks are getting messy with links which you intend to read only once then you should use this extension. The web pages can be marked with single click for latter reading. The items can read offline and it is also possible to synchronize them between multiple devices and workplaces.
HttpFox monitors and analyzes all incoming and outgoing HTTP traffic between the browser and the web servers. In simple words it shows you how the website interacts with the server and if any errors occur you can get the details of the error without having to check the server log files. I used to work for the company who developed a cool CMS system running on php and flex. Working with the customers, uploading files to their servers and helping them to actually manage the website I was facing some php or flex errors pretty often but the problem was that these were the errors the admin area was showing and I had no idea how to handle that. I’m neither a programmer nor a flash developer and this was a real nightmare for me. One of my friends recommended me to install the HTTP Fox plugin and there hasn’t been a single problem I couldn’t fix on my own.
SeoQuake extension is a must if you perform any type of work related to SEO, links exchange, online advertising etc. It gives you a profound info about the website, helps you study your competitors and potential partners. At one glance you can see the page PageRank, the number of pages from the domain name indexed in Google, Yahoo and Bing, Alexa Rank, the age of the domain name and the direct link to the whois info.
To do Blogging, you need a Blog Editor and ScribeFire in Firefox acts as a nice blogging editor. The user can drag and drop text from web pages, insert images, and post to multiple blogs. Unfortunately, there is a tracking option enabled by default but it can be disabled. This addon can actually make your blog editing platform independent from your operating system.
Obviously, Bloggers need to sort out their future plans to groom quickly. Reminder Fox lets you do it with ease in Mozilla Firefox. You can manage To Do lists, set Reminders with alerts or alarms right in your Firefox browser conveniently.
Bloggers need to remain updated with other blogs and sources of information for which the defacto communication standard is RSS. RSS Ticker is a nice add-on which displays the Live Bookmarks in a scrolling fashion across the user’s screen. It means that the user gets updates while browsing and doesn’t need to log in feed reader specifically for accessing RSS feeds.
Gmail is currently the mostly used email service in general and this happens to be same in case of bloggers. Also Google provides free email solution in a package named Google Apps for domains. Therefore, an enhanced Gmail notifier is needed and Gmail Manager addon is best for many purposes.
Nonnative as well native English speakers need a dictionary for easy look up. For a Blogger, it is even more necessary as it can provide more sophisticated alternatives for a given word which can polish Blogger’s write up.
This Firefox addon lets a blogger organize a library of web pages or full websites. The addon supports filters which can be defined to exclude related links and web pages that are not required.
If you are a Blogger and starts utilizing these addons, you will quickly feel an improvement in quality of your work which is obviously the ultimate goal. There may be an addon missing which is your favorite one, do let us know in comments.
This addon increases overall productivity of blogger by providing some commonly used tasks in a refined manner. It tweaks wikipedia by showing related articles, auto loads next pages, shows suggestions by Google for a keyword in address bar, enhances Google’s search results and many more. Its my personal favorite and highly recommended for you.
If you are facing difficulty in finding a related website to the one you are currently visiting, Similar Web can actually provide many alternatives. In this way, the blogger can easily hit upon many similar resources and refine articles comfortably. It helps a lot and boosts my productivity while researching for an article.
Having some difficulty in reading text surrounded by redundant information on a web page. Readability addon will rip off the unnecessary information to make content more visible. In this way, the web pages can be printed with less clutter. This addon also provides auto scrolling feature which can give rest to your fingers and scroll a web page without keyboard and mouse.
Bloggers need to copy content from different sources and paste it in their article but in most cases the content has its own formatting. You need to remove this formatting and then match it with your content. Instead of doing this, you can copy text from a web page through this extension which removes all formatting and makes it simple text.
Bing Firefox addon will add a search bar in your Mozilla Search bar at the top right. It will help you to search Bing with one click.
ImglikeOpera is a Firefox extension for people who have slow Internet connection. This addon will load image from your cache folder else it will pull up the image from the web. Saving you bandwidth and time.
Capture Fox Firefox addon will capture your computer screen and will help you to make video from the browser.
Firestatus Firefox extension will help you to update your Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed status in real time from browser
Fasterfox Firefox addon will help you to check the website load time of any website.
This addon is very useful for people who use photbucket to handle their images. With the help of this addon, by single click you can upload image to your photobucket account.
If you are Twitter user, these addon will be helpful for you to directly tweet from your browser.
Twitterbar Firefox addon will help you to quickly tweet any post you are reading with single click of mouse.
If like me you are find of opening lots of tab at once, this extension will be a life saver for you.
One of highly recommended extension for Firefox to manage your online password and taking backup of your bookmarks and passwords.
If you are a blogger or deal with any kind of FTP upload and download, this plugin will be very useful for you.
Want to boost your alexa rank? Install the addon and set your blog/website as a homepage. In long run this addon will be very useful for you to
If you are Torrent lover and love to download Torrents. This Firefox addon will enable you to download Torrent using browser.
Easy comment is a very useful and powerful addon for bloggers to quickly fill up the comment form on any wordpress blog.
Domain look up addon is again a very useful addon for bloggers and webmasters to quickly find if a domain is available or not.
If you have large size images and want to compress them, smushit image compressor addon will be very useful to reduce the size without losing quality.