It took me a long time to get past my fear of leaving Microsoft Internet Explorer. I wasn’t convinced that there could possibly be a better browser, especially one that was free. “Free” to me meant cheap, something wrong with it, cripple-ware, and a trick to get you to buy it. In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine the joy I now have browsing the Internet. Before Firefox, Internet browsing was painful and cumbersome, like dragging a dinosaur around by a chain in a poorly laid out shopping mall. With Mozilla Firefox, I have fun with the Internet. Browsing is not only mostly pain-free, it’s addictive.
Along the way I found a few things make it even more addictive with the help of the real power of Firefox: Firefox Extensions.
Firefox Extensions, now known as add-ons, are the utilities, tools and services that make the process of browsing not only fun, but powerful, putting Internet Explorer in the back of the browser pack with a mouthful of dust, in my humble opinion.
Into web page design and development, then you should check out some powerful web design and development extensions that make editing your Theme or web page layout a dream. Want to keep track of the weather, a habit of mine now that I live temporarily in Hurricane Alley, then Forecastfox, the weather report extension, becomes a life saver, literally. Performancing Firefox Extension works similar to Ecto and allows you to easily post to your WordPress and other blogs with only a few clicks from within your browser while viewing other web pages. There are a ton of useful Firefox extensions that help you become a powerful blogger as well as Internet user.
There are so many different types of Firefox Extensions for so many different purposes, and sometimes more than one serves a similar purpose, that I get overwhelmed trying to find out which ones work for what and what other people like about the Firefox Extensions they use.
So I thought I would create a different kind of list of Firefox Extensions. I wanted to find out what other people use, and what they recommend and why, and list their articles. After all, don’t you learn more from those who actually use the things, right?
Everyone has their own opinion of what is a good or not so good extension and tool for Firefox, and I went looking for those who had something to say about their usage. I wanted to know why and how these work for the users. So this list isn’t about lists. It’s about explanations, reasons behind the choices, and why these people recommend these Firefox extensions, as well as how they think these Firefox extensions can help me blog and surf better.
Take a look and see what these Firefox power users have to say and decide for yourself which ones are the most useful for you. Sound good?
With the recent release of Firefox 2.0, which is screaming fast and now includes spell check and other great new features built-in, people are updating and releasing new lists of their favorite Firefox Extensions and Add-ons. Bill’s Big List of Firefox 2.0 Compatible Extensions will also help you find Firefox Extensions which work with Firefox 2.0, but if there are some older ones that you can’t live without, check their author websites to make sure they won’t break under Firefox 2.0, and then “force” them to work with Nightly Tester Tools Firefox Extension until the author updates the extension.
If you were inspired by a great list of Firefox extensions, or wrote one yourself, please add it to the list in the comments so we can all learn about what others have to say about their favorite Firefox extensions.
I hope that this list of lists will help people learn more about the powerful features and benefits of Firefox extensions.
List of Firefox Extension Lists
- Mozilla Firefox Extensions – the official list of all Firefox Extensions
- Firefox Extension List from Ansell
- AnandaSim – Favorite FF2 Extensions of All Time
- Ask Meta Filter – What are your favorite Firefox extensions?
- Banagale – Celebrate the Election With Firefox Extensions (Add-ons)
- Burad – My Firefox Extensions List
- CSS Weblogs – Firefox Extensions I Couldn’t Live Without
- Cyber Knowledge – 20 FireFox Extensions That Every Web Designer Should Know About
- db rambleschmack – Best Firefox Extensions
- Derklicious – Big Recommended Firefox Extensions List
- Erzwan – Best Firefox Modules List
- Fscked – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Gomeler – Firefox Tweaks Extensions and Optimizations
- BeTech – Essential Firefox Extensions
- beTech – 10 More Essential Firefox Extensions
- Internet News Forge – Essential Firefox extensions you should download today – part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4
- Lifehacker – Firefox Extension Roundup (Nov 2006)
- Mighty Joe Firefox Extension and Resource Blog
- michael parekh on IT – On My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- My Moustache – Almost Necessary Firefox Extensions
- Natalie Jost – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Onat lopera – My Firefox Extension List
- Perishable Press – Essential Firefox Extensions
- The 25 Firefox Extensions You Didn’t Know You Needed
- Pour Out – My Firefox Post: Part Two – The Add-Ons
- Sorry For My English – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Techmaster – Blogging Tools and Firefox Extensions
- TechRepublic – Give your surfing a boost with these 10 Firefox extensions
- Thread Box – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Kevin Dente’s PuppiesAndIceCreamBlog – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Will Langford – Firefox Guide – Must Have Firefox Plugins (extensions/add-ons)
- 43 Things – Share Your Favorite Firefox Extensions
- 456 Berea Street – Favourite Mozilla and Firefox Extensions
- Arantius – Awesome Firefox Extensions
- Brendan Nee – Firefox Extensions You Can’t Live Without
- Anything and Nothing – Firefox Extending Applications
- Warping it Up! – Extending Firefox for Web Developers
- Connected Internet – 10 Useful Firefox Extensions That Don’t Get Glamorised
- Crazy 8 Opinions – 8 Cool Firefox Plugins You Never Knew Existed
- Daniel Lemire’s Blog – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Design Meme – Top 5 Firefox Extensions for Web Designers
- Desktop Pipeline – My 14 Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- The Extensions Mirror – Firefox Extensions FAQ, Additional Functionality via Extensions
- Fledsbo.no – More essential extensions
- Granneman – Mozilla Firefox Extensions – My Favorites
- Dave Does the Blog – Foxy Extensions
- Joy Boner – FireFox Extensions
- Lifehack.org – Essential List and Resources on Firefox Extensions
- Life Hacker – Essential List on Firefox Extensions for the Webmaster
- Linux Pipeline – Fire Up Firefox: Our Favorite Extensions
- Listable – Best Firefox Extensions for Power Users
- Lloyd Leung – Favorite Firefox Extensions List
- Top 10 Firefox (2.0) Tips, Tricks, Toolbars and Snacks
- Matt Cutts – My Firefox Extensions
- Mitchelaneous – Top 12 Firefox Extensions for Regular Folks
- A View from Home – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Mr. Tech – Best Mozilla, Firefox and Thunderbird Extensions
- Neo Binaries – 5 Firefox extensions you can’t live without (multiple paged article)
- O’Reilly Net – Windows Dev Center – My Favorite Firefox Extensions
- PC Today – My Top 10 Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Aaron Toponce – The Ultimate Firefox Extension List For Junkies
- Quick Online Tips – 50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing
- Quick Online Tips – Top 10 Extensions to Manage Firefox Extensions
- Reaper-x – List of the most useful Firefox extension
- Run PC Run – My Handy Firefox Extensions List
- Scot’s Newsletter – Best Firefox Extensions and Customizing Tips
- Scroll in on Dubs – Essential Firefox Extension Roundup
- Shadows in Motion – Favorite Firefox Extensions
- Silver Spider – Favorite Firefox Extensions and updated list
- TechCrunch – The New Mozilla Recommended Add-ons List: The Winners and the Losers
- Thanassis – 27 Of The Most Useful Firefox Extensions
- The Mole Skin – 10 Firefox Extensions for Web Development
- The Simple Dollar: 10 Firefox Plugins That Save You Money
- Blog on a Stick – Firefox Extensions List – Nov.
- Wired – The Firefox Hacks You Must Have
Here are a few more resources you need to know to help your Firefox Addiction:
- Firefox Home Page
- Firefox Extensions and Themes
- Firefox Support Forum
- Inside Firefox
- Introduction to Mozilla Firefox
- Firefox Cheat Sheet
- Firefox Tutor
- Bill’s Big List of Firefox 2.0 Compatible Extensions
- Firefox Tweak Guide
Now, it is your turn to add your favorite list of Firefox extensions to this list!
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- Firefox Blogging Extension – Performancing
- Firefox Bookmarks Help Bloggers Blog
- A Peak Around the Corner – What’s Next for Firefox
- Firefox Reaches 100 Million Downloads
- Blogging on the Edge: Blogging NOT From My Computer
- Hot News! Firefox 2.0 Available Now
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