10 Must Have Addons for Firefox

October 10, 2006

Firefox is great, right? but you can make it better.

1. Downthemall

downthemallThe one thing Mozilla can’t seem to get right with Firefox is the downloading feature, although having said that it’s not like Internet Explorer is any better either. Downthemall powers up downloading in Firefox. Not only does it speed your downloads up, it includes pause and resuming support and the ability to download all images from a page should you so desire. 110% recommended.

2. Forecastfox

weatherOK, so I’m a weather junkie. There is actually quite a few different addons available for Firefox to add weather to Firefox, however all in all Forecastfox works for me, particularly because most plugins are far to US centric and don’t tend to provide decent support for those in the rest of the world, where as Forecastfox does.

3. Search Status

searchstatusThe essential tool for getting details on websites quickly. Right click support for quick whois look ups, SEO tools + probably the most important feature for me: it supports sending Alexa stats, which obviously helps with making sure you’re own websites get a look in at Alexa given there’s no Alexa Toolbar for Firefox…indeed, it’s actually better than having the Alexa toolbar, all the benefits without the other rubbish included.

4. StumbleUpon

stumbleDo you ever get bored with the internet? come on, admit it, sometimes it’s nice to spend some time not working and just finding some great new sites. StumbleUpon delivers this and more. I don’t use some of the social network aspects of the toolbar, but in terms of just surfing sites for the fun of it, based on topic interest, it’s great, indeed sometimes it’s hard to stop using it 🙂

5. Web Developer

developerAccording to their website, The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools. For anyone working with templates or designing on any level, it’s a must have. Can’t remember what part of site relates to in the CSS file, use it, want to be able to look at code behind the scenes, use it…there are probably 100 other reasons to be using it as well and I’ve probably only personally used 10% of it’s functionality, but these days I can’t live without it.

6. Video Downloader

Ever visit YouTube or a similar site and watched a clip and thought wouldn’t it be great if you could download a copy, then this plugin is for you.

7. Viamatic foXpose

If you’re like me sometimes you forget what you’ve got open in each of your tabs. foXpose comes to the rescue by adding an Opera style show all tabs in the one window feature. Sure, you’re not going to die by not having this, but it’s nifty and you’d be surprised how often you end up using it.

8. FoxyTunes

Control your music from with Firefox, you need not go another screen again!

9. Converter

If you’re like me and you’ve got no idea what a square foot is, this plugin is for you. You use it to convert imperial measurements to metric ones, or vice versa.

10. IE Tab

If you absolutely must view a site in IE because some moron has decided that web standards don’t matter, IE Tab is for you, allowing you to render any page/ link in Firefox, but using the IE rendering engine, basically like having IE inline in Firefox for you to use if you need it.

That’s the list. There are heaps of others out there as well. I would have liked to have added FireFTP and Chatzilla to the list, but I’m not convinced either are totally up to scratch, even if I do use them on occasion.

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6 responses to 10 Must Have Addons for Firefox

  1. What is it with you and the weather 🙂

    Thanks for the list – I’ve just downloaded Downthemall (downloading in FF is almost painful) and Web Developer (cool to sneak into others css)

  2. I’m sure that simple “Paste and go” extension is much more important than, f.e. “Video Downloader”.

    It makes surfing faster, with less clicks.

  3. Hiya.

    I always found “Word Count” to be a handy extension, especially when I was blogging and was nitpicky about words per article.

    With regards to downloading from Firefox, I always thought that “Download Manager Tweak” was a real necessity and while it may have been around for a while, I won’t go without it.


  4. My favorite tool is SEO Firefox. I have the Video Downloader tool. I’m wondering about the “Blog Desk” you’ve been using. Is it better than Qumana by chance? Do you watch Dr.Who? It’s on right now, and I’m having trouble with it.

  5. Ok, I just looked at Blog Desk, and it’s cute!

  6. Personally I find BlogDesk is far better than Qumana…mostly for it’s image handling capabilities. It’s brilliant at images, full stop. Bare minimun of stuff required, but it’s all the stuff I could require 🙂