I just got a new laptop, which is a good chance to start over with a clean system configuration.Â Â After trying to use FireFox without any of my normal plugins, I realized how much I’ve come to rely on these plugins:
ColorZilla:Â Adds a button the the bottom left of the status bar.Â When you click on it, you can then highlight anywhere on the page to get the HTML Color value.
FasterFox:Â A couple very handy utilities for timing page loads, and speeding them up in general.Â I find myself watching the page load timer all of the time.Â It simply displays the amount of time that each page takes to load in the status bar.Â It has a few advanced options to preload links on pages, to increase the number of simultaneous HTTP requests to a server that makes your browsing experience faster.
FireBug: Modify HTML and CSS in real time – incredibly handle for HTML development work and debugging
Google Toolbar: My main point in using this is just to see the PageRank of each page.
MeasureIt: Adds an icon to your status bar that, when clicked, turns your cursor into a crosshair so that you can measure the size of any elements on your current web page.
no-referrer: Adds an option on the context menu for links to open the link in the new tab without passing the HTTP Referrer field. Â I use this when on any ‘private’ pages like my awstats pages, or blog admin pages, where I don’t want to tell the world about via the HTTP referrer.
ShowIP: Adds an item to the status bar with the IP Address of the server – This is very useful information to have when doing system administration tasks. Â May not always be correct when changing DNS entries though.Â That is probably Firefox caching though instead of this plugin’s.
Web Developer: Adds all kinds of options for looking at some HTML details.Â The main one I use is for looking at the HTTP Response headers.
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Excellent list Brandon. A few here I’ve never heard of, but that I will surely check out. Measurelt sounds super useful. I’m always using ScreenRuler, but maybe this will do the job.
Firebug is amazing.