My 7 Favorite FireFox Addons

by Josh Todd on June 10, 2010

I’ve been an avid FireFox user for years.  One of the main reasons I like it is the huge variety of Add-ons that are available.  Google and Apple have recently added support for extensions to Chrome and Safari, respectively, but FireFox has such a massive head start on them in terms of Add-ons that it will take a while for them to catch up.

FireFox Addons FTW

I’ve got some Add-ons that I simply can’t live without.  I install them on every new computer the second I start using it.  There are still thousands out there I want to check out, but these are the ones that I use religiously:

SearchStatus – Automatically displays the PageRank and Alexa ranking for every website that you go to.  It can display it as a graphical bar or a text number.  I like the number personally.  I always like to know how much authority and link juice a site has while I am reading it, and this is the best way.  My browser feels naked without it.

Echofon (formerly TwitterFox) – An awesome Twitter client for FireFox.  Unlike TweetDeck, it doesn’t take up any additional resources on your computer.  I love it.

Yet Another Window Resizer – This one is awesome for PPV guys.  It allows you to right-click on any website and resize the browser window to any size you want.  800×600 or 750×550 is a breeze to preview your PPV landers.

LastPass – This is a password manager and auto form filler that makes life easier on the web for marketers.  If you are like me, you have about 100 different logins for traffic sources, ppc networks, affiliate networks, analytics, forums, the list goes on.  LastPass saves all your passwords and locks them down with a Master Password, and it syncs them between all your different browsers and computers.  It also generates strong passwords for you automatically and saves them when you sign up for a new account somewhere.

Xmarks – This completes the syncing package by syncing your bookmarks across multiple computers and browsers.  I used to use it for Password sync as well, but I replaced it with LastPass.

Colorzilla – Gives you an eyedropper tool that you can use to get the hexadecimal value of any color you see on the web.  Comes in really handy for designing banners & creatives as well as websites.

DT Whois – Adds a button to your browser that gives you one-click access to the Whois info for any website you are viewing.  You end up using it a lot more than you think.

There are others that I use every now and then, and there are loads more available that web developers use, but these are the ones that I can’t live without and my FireFox installation isn’t complete until I load them up.  What are some of your favorites?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew wee June 10, 2010 at 5:43 am

Not technically a FF add-on, but real player lets me download FLVs from a lot of websites (especially if the webmaster didnt intend for them to be downloadable).

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Warren Woodward June 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

Nice list Josh. Morning Coffee is another favorite of mine. Simple concept but a huge time saver.

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Jonathan Volk June 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Great post! I downloaded 3-4 of these plugins. 🙂

Thanks again!

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Kyle Irwin June 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm

How could you not include the Web Developer toolbar… it's invaluable for any webmaster. It even has a built in window resizing tool… https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60

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Mike Hooker June 13, 2010 at 1:49 am

Josh,

Thanks for the great info.

BTW I'm here via Jonathan Volk.

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wayne789 June 13, 2010 at 8:10 am

Cheers for the list, esp. the pass rememberer ones. I shall grab those promptly. The only firefox plugin i can't live without isn't free unfortunately, but FB Ads Manager is well worth the cash if you do anything at all on FB.

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Ryan Eagle June 14, 2010 at 2:46 am

Nice post! I use Firefox.

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Orchids June 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

thanks for the link to colorzilla – makes design a little easier.

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Primes Genato June 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

whois finder is already in searchstatus addon. right-click "q" icon to access this and much more.

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Anthony Wakefield June 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Check out seo quake.. it rocks!

http://www.seoquake.com/

It's a Online Marketer's best tool out there.. and it's free…

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Bonnie @ Job Search August 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

Love SEOQuake and also love DownloadHelper. Two very useful addons. I am going to have a look at some of those you have suggested especially the Colorzilla so thanks for the list. Appreciated.
Bonnie

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Clickbank Marketing November 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Is there a firefox plugin that allows you to see what ad networks are serving ads on a webpage?

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Josh Todd November 16, 2010 at 1:23 am

Not that I know of, but you can trace the links using HttpFox.

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