Firefox is easily the best browser. I will probably be swayed by chrome one day given my overwhelming affection for all things Google, but having only used Internet Explorer for most of my early online days I finally took the plunge 5 years ago to use Firefox and haven’t look back since.
Firefox is quicker and easier to use, but my favourite feature is the add ons. There is literally 10’s of thousands to download meaning you can really customise your web browsing experience. Here’s three of my favourites.
Ad blocker – Number One
As an online marketer I really shouldn’t be supporting this, but Adblocker is fantastic. There is a reason it is one of the most downloaded add-ons for Firefox as it literally does what it says on the tin. Once installed it is amazing how different the internet looks when suddenly websites appear so uncluttered with the advertising gone. Not only is the web much more viewer friendly, it also appears to be much quicker.
Some people believe the add on slows down the browsing experience but I have seen no such thing with most websites loading much quicker as they don’t have to download the large graphical/flash based adverts that can be heavy on the load times.
It really makes internet browsing a more pleasurable experience.
Firebug – Number Two
Firebug is very useful in my profession as a way of redesigning websites, and checking the code on a site is set up correctly. You can identify images on a page, work out problems with a layout and test solutions to make sure a website is working properly.
I use it on a daily basis and it is a better web design program than most commercially available to buy. Like all my favourite add ons it just works really well and I’m still pleasantly surprised when it works as well as it does.
iPusher – Number Three
Having declared my undying love for my iPhone in a previous post it is probably no surprise to see this feature here. I believe Chrome has a similar program called ‘Chrome to phone’ which is basically the same premise.
It’s simple, see something online that you like or is useful (a link/image/text/directions/instructions etc) , click the ipusher logo and it sends it to your phone.
It’s really simple but it’s amazing how useful it is. I’ve sent links to articles I want to read on the train, pictures I wanted to show my friends, youtube videos I wanted to share, directions to an interview, and event the instruction manual to the dishwasher.
Well I’m sure you get the idea, it’s simple, easy to use and incredibly useful.