As a Web designer and developer, Firefox has become my Web browser of choice. I’m not using Firefox because I hate Internet Explorer or because Google Chrome is Safari based. I use Firefox because it offers the best tools for my job of designing and developing search engine friendly Web sites. One of the reasons is that Firefox has a plugin interface which allows software developers to write “mini applications” that work within Firefox.
I use many Firefox plugins for many different reasons, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll stick to writing about three of the most useful for the purpose of Web design and development.
Often times as a designer and developer, I find myself measuring design elements on the screen. Before MeasureIt, I had to look through code, rely on my memory, or make a guess. This simple little tool lets me measure any element on the screen for a quick estimate on how many pixels an element takes up. Again, I find myself saving a huge amount of time over the course of a month.
Web Developer Toolbar
This Firefox plugin has so many uses that I could never cover them in one post. I can perform tasks that are important as a developer and tasks that are important to SEO. Basically it works by adding a tool bar above the browser window. A few things that this plugin will do: Disable and clear cookies for a session, quick access to code validation, browse like a robot, and so much more. This plugin will assist you with many high level tasks that your couldn’t do before or took a lot of time.
These three Firefox plugins will help you design and develop better sites in less time. Don’t give up on your other browsers. I still love Internet Explorer and Chrome and you should always check your pages in all the major browsers.