21 Absolutely Useful Firefox Add-ons For Web Designers And Developers

Mozilla Firefox has always been the first and foremost choice of the internet users. Due to this the development community of Mozilla always try to come up with things that are useful for the users to work with. One of the best things about the Mozilla firefox Add-ons is the ease of use. You can have the add-on do whatever browser could do. For web designers and developers the amount of time saved and information gathered by these Plugins makes Firefox the programmers best friend.

In this post we are going to showcase 21 Absolutely Useful Firefox Add-ons For Web Designers And Developers for your use. If you are an SEO professional you would also like to have a look at 15+ Popular Firefox SEO Extensions and Tools for Web Designers

Web Developer

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The Web Developer add-on extends Mozilla Firefox by adding a toolbar with various options for working with web pages. It has an option to inspect CSS styles of page elements that will tell you what CSS attributes they have, and which styles affect them. You can inspect & edit CSS on live pages to see if your designs are working or not. It also helps you to disable a lot of scripts, feature which helps in debugging issues.

Firebug

fire_bug.pngFirebug is considered to be the ultimate developer’s tool for Firefox. It is one of the most loved addon for web designers from long time. You are given a ton of web development tools to use from within your browser. You can explore, edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript in real-time on any web page. You get many great options for customizing your web designs also.

JSView

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If the website you are viewing contains any external js/css files, an icon will appear that says “SS”, “JS”, or both. Each individual file can then be viewed by clicking on the filename. The file will be opened in a new window. You can also choose to open all external files by clicking on “View All”. In this way if you visit a website which is very slow you could always have a look at the number of javascripts that are being used.

FireFTP

fire_ ftp.pngFireFTP is one of the most used FTP client which runs right inside your browser, reduces your time in swapping between your windows while designing web. It offers several advantages to standalone FTP application, such as its operating system-independent requirements. All features that any FTP client must have are included in this plugin. 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!

ColorZilla

colorzilla.pngColorZilla is an another great add-on for Mozilla firefox to check the RGB codes that used in any web page in any section. It lets you select the specific region & tells you its RGB color codes for it so you don’t have to remember it any time. Second best thing you can use it to optimized the advertises within your webpages. You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure 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.

User Agent Switcher


User Agent Switcher is a useful Firefox plugin which able to switch the user agent of the browser. Users can use this tool to pretend themselves to be a search engine and see what search engine sees the webpage.

IE View


Lets you load pages in IE with a single right-click, or mark certain sites to *always* load in IE. Useful for incompatible pages, or cross-browser testing.

Html Validator


HTML Validator is a Mozilla extension that adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. Just as the name of this add-on implies, HTML Validator is all about making sure that your code is up to par. You can also check pages that you are visiting, and thanks to a little indicator in the corner of your browser, you’ll quickly see if the page is in compliance or has errors. Once you click on the indicator you will see a full version of the code that will identify what the problems are.

FireShot


FireShot is a Firefox add-on that creates screenshots of your web page. What is unique about this plugin is that it gives you a set of editing and annotation tools for working with your screenshots. This can be a handy extension to have for presenting your work in your portfolio.

Window Resizer


Window Resizer comes in handy for testing different screen sizes and monitor resolutions. It quickly and accurately resizes Firefox’s viewport so that you can test to see how your design looks in standard resolution sizes.
Supports the 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1600×1200 resolutions.
Resize the current page via the Context menu, Tool menu or Toolbar button.

Font Finder


You can highlight any keyword of your interest, & then later you can analyse CSS styling information of that keyword. FontFinder is created for designers, developers and typographers. It allows a user to analyze the font information of any element on a page, copy any piece(s) of that information to the clipboard, and perform inline replacements to test new layouts.

WebRank Toolbar


A toolbar that gives Google Pagerank, Alexa, Compete and Quantcast Rank, pages indexed and backlinks in Google, Bing and Yahoo. Bookmark webpages at PickMeWeb.com, view similar websites at SimilarSites.com. Delicious, Digg and Tweet Count.

Aviary Screen Capture & Quick Launch (Talon)


This addon for quick screen capture is a must-have for bloggers and designers alike! It will perform a screen capture and then open the image INSTANTLY in a basic image editor where you can do markup (draw arrows and rectangles), edit (crop, rotate and resize) and get the exact pixel colors of the image. A perfect companion tool for designers and bloggers!

SeoQuake SEO extension


SeoQuake is a programme, which allows user to view a large number of SE parameters on the fly. SeoQuake for Mozilla Firefox consists of three functional parts: SeoToolbar (requested parameters are shown in a separate toolbar in the browser), Seobar (requested parameters are shown in a separate, fully customizable with CSS, HTML block) and output of requested parameters on Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs).

CacheViewer


This extenion is GUI Front-end of “about:cache”. Allows searching and sorting memory and disk cache files. When you open the viewer you get a complete list of the cache. You can search anything you want. It allows you to sort the items in the Firefox cache by key, size, type and date. Using the Firefox CacheViewer you would be quickly able to find the couple items you need, save them as HTML files and copy the information.

CS Lite


This extension will allow you to easily control cookie permissions. It can be accessed from the statusbar, a toolbar button, or the context menu. Just click on the icon to allow, block, or temporarily allow the site to set cookies. You can also view, clear or edit the cookies and exceptions by right clicking on the cs lite icon. You can also download a blocklist that contains a list of untrusted hosts that you may choose to import into FF and block. The blocklist can be configured to automatically update or can be updated manually.

YSlow


YSlow is a Mozilla or IE web browser utility that analyses the front-end design performance of any web page . This great plugin for mozilla allows ou to optimize your web design on its performance basis like , in what time it loads & what are the different problems with it. YSlow is integrated with the Firebug web development tool. YSlow grades web page based on one of three predefined ruleset or a user-defined ruleset. It offers suggestions for improving the page’s performance, summarizes the page’s components, displays statistics about the page, and provides tools for performance analysis, including Smush.it™ and JSLint.

Total Validator


Total validator is a great validation tool that will check HTML, links, take screenshots and do a many things needed for validating your codes. It also enables accessibility validation (WCAG, US-508), broken link checking, spell checking (in five different languages), and take screen captures via different web browsers and operating systems to find out how your web pages are performing on different browsers & OS.

FirePHP


FirePHP enables you to log to your Firebug Console using a simple PHP method call. FirePHP is ideally suited for AJAX development where clean JSON or XML responses are required. All data is sent via a set of X-FirePHP-Data response headers. This means that the debugging data will not interfere with the content on your page.

Pixel Perfect


Pixel Perfect works with Firebug to allow developers to overlay composition over their HTML coding to see how many pixels they are off by. You can change the opacity to whatever settings you prefer so you can line up your work as perfectly as possible.

Codetch


Codecatch WYSIWYG Editor FirefoxCodetch is a WYSIWYG editor add-on for Firefox which allows you to edit web pages directly in to the Firefox. The interface is similar to dream weaver & it reduces your time while designing as you do not have to swap everytime between your developer studio & browser.

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7 Responses to “21 Absolutely Useful Firefox Add-ons For Web Designers And Developers”
  1. Brett Widmann

    These look like great add ons. Some of these will be very beneficial. Thanks!

  2. bam

    wow good share & best list

  3. jbohaj

    Please mention Chrome Add ons for Web Developers & Designers

  4. ftp hosting

    FireBug makes so many things easier it is a true god send! Saves a lot of time on diagnostics etc.

  5. speedkills

    Federico is right : “Measure it” add on is really great. I’m working with it every day and I would be lost without it now !
    Forbid this one on this list was a mistake ;)

  6. Federico Capoano

    Very useful tools.
    I also love the following extensions:

    - Measure It, to measure things on a webpage in pixels
    - Search status, to highlight nofollow links and other stuff for SEO
    - Show IP, to show the ip of the server, useful when changing the DNS of a domain
    - Cache status, to clear the cache with one click – really useful

    • Rocky

      @Federico Capoano @speedkills Thanx buddy for the suggestions and a really useful information that i am missing out.. I will update this article as soon as possible :)

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