Top 10 Firefox Add-on Choices for Web Developers

The process of web development involves tiring stages like optimizing, debugging, coding and validating etc. It can be a direly hard game to play however some browsers like Firefox tools can facilitate you to perform these tasks more conveniently and efficiently. Along with a vast variety of web development tools Firefox has also got an extensive library of add-ons which you can employ together to make your own web development Firefox powerhouse. Here I have listed ten most essential add-ons that would assist developers to enhance their productivity, competence and accelerate output. These add-on activities vary from cache clearing to FTP utilities for the developers.

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1. Firebug

This add-on is also described as the eventual developer’s tool by experts due to being most powerful and famous add-on among the Firefox apparatus. Firebug lets you perform a great number of web development activities with great ease. It not only allows you to monitor HTML, CSS and JavaScript but also lets you debug and edit them live on the web page.
It is very powerful add-on and helps developers to perform multiple tasks like detecting errors, monitoring network activities, exploring DOM objects and viewing and managing cookies. It is useful for working with CSS as its layout tab contains rulers and guides to give more precision. Moreover it can be enhanced further with a variety of available extensions like FirePHP which can together provide a well-equipped development platform.

2. Web Developer

Web developer offers a collection of custom tools and menus. It can be used in integration with the Firebug to maximize its utility and for performing additional functions like controlling the code and optimizing, analyzing and validating the web pages etc. Web developer allows you to edit CSS by trying various fonts and applying and editing different backgrounds, margins, borders, and many others. Moreover, all the changes made can be reviewed instantly.
Web developer groups the tasks into categories such as images or CSS etc. It offers many other options like ruler and image guide. Resolution can also be varied by resizing option. You can also employ it to inspect websites compliance with web standards and accessibility rules.

3. FireFTP

FireFTP is equipped with all the features one could expect from any outstanding FTP app. It’s a browser-based FTP client that allows you to access your server conveniently via Firefox. It can perform multiple functions like support for secure data transfers, handling various accounts and a systematic drag and drop interface. Here you can cross function activities like importing and exporting accounts features, support comparisons, synchronizations, auto re-connect and time-stamp syncing.
Once you get it installed it has a user friendly interface. You can simply drag your FTP credentials from computer, which you input before and drop them on the server. Alternatively you can right click the hosted file and edit things in Firefox and then update your directory found on server.

4. YSlow

It is a tool from yahoo that works in collaboration with Firebug in order to analyze web pages and regulate their function. It also offers tools and solutions like Smush.it and JSLint for your web pages by grading them on the basis of one of the three pre –defined or user-defined/ custom rule sets to increase page’s performance. It has now become very important to optimize your website for the assurance of fast speed and less load time due to Google’s new ranking factor which is known as “Google now counting page speed”.
YSlow crawls through the DOM and looks for the required components to retrieve information about them and then use all information to decide a grade for each rule accordingly. Finally it integrates all the grades to produce an overall ranking.

5. Greasemonkey

It is an exclusive add-on allowing you to add JavaScript on the page and then lets you do augmented browsing, making quick changes in a page’s content. It also lets you run the user script that changes a website and then whenever you will open the page, Greasemonkey will perform the application of active scripts in order to make these changes permanent. It works similar to the CSS through which you can control the web page’s style. The Greasemonkey makes you have full control over all features of its appearance. There are thousands of scripts available at the userscripts.org which can be downloaded and added to the library of those who do want to create one.

6. JSONView

Developing RESTful web services by working on JSON data in the browser can create a lot of trouble because unprocessed data is not formatted and we are supposed to download and view it on an external editor. JSONView extracts and formats the raw data by adding content type and inspecting for the application within the browser along with portable areas for the object. Similar to the XML the data is formatted, highlighted as well as intended. JSON will show the unprocessed text even if it has errors. You can even see the raw JSON thread returned by using “View Source” along with a choice to send application in HTTP. JSONView can also save your time considerably while working with AJAX data and utilizing GET and REST style URL’s.

7. RESTClient

In order to test and debug a website one often needs to use a heavy integrated development environment IDE making it a tiring job. To cope with the issue RESTClient is a user friendly add-on for Firefox where one can easily preview results for HTTP requests and check their response headers. It has special application to work with APIs. Once you select upon a URL technique like GET, POST or PUT etc and request header and body, RESTClient will tell you about your request progress and then you can check the response.
It is also compatible with JSON data and REST services, additionally it will also receive and post back XML. Moreover, despite being easy and simple it is very efficient and powerful that could help you enhance your workflow and save ample amount of time.

8. Empty Cache

Being a web developer it is very important to clear your cache because while working on your web when you cache a latest live feature your browser might keep serving the old file instead of the latest changes made. By using Empty Cache you can easily remove your browser cache without any interruptions and reload the page in no time. It contains a single option where you can erase four types of cache such as Disk, Memory, Offline and Favicon along with some other well-tuned configurable options to check your notifications and to reload the things once the cache is being removed. The option of clearing cache appears in web developer’s tool bar and usually several steps down in menus therefore having an Empty Cache button on front toolbar is a great and reliable option than those of forced reloads.

9. JS Deminifier

As a web developer you must have come across many websites’ source and you might have noticed some of Minified JavaScript which is free from any unnecessary characters and white spaces. It enhances a website’s load activity by reducing the JavaScript file size but it also makes it difficult to read and debug JavaScript at the same time. JSDeminifier works with the Firebug and employs the algorithm from JSBeautifier.org to format the JavaScript beautifully and magnificently. On the status bar you can click JSB ON/JSB OFF text to enable or disable this feature but it would not work with already loaded JavaScript. By default it remains off unless enabled and it can save a good deal of time for both developers as well as Greasemonkey authors by helping them edit or debug poorly written JavaScript.

10. Fire Shot

An exclusive add-on to your browser that lets you snapshot not only the visible part but the whole page irrespective of its length. You can directly add or remove things like notes and graphics and save the document in any format like JPG, PNG or BMP etc. Additionally these screenshots can also be exported to clip boards, can be uploaded on social media sites, sent via emails and can also be saved on the Fire shot hosting server at no cost. It is very simple to use where you can perform multiple editions like cropping, resizing, erasing or blurring the specific elements with great ease. Once you capture the image it appears in a separate window which can be adjusted. Here you can perform basic editing by using tools appearing on a floating window. Its functionality can be further enhanced by using the PRO version.

Along with trying these essential firefox add-ons if you are interested to make a free website then you must consider using free website builders where you can create your own website without investing lot of money and effort and also without learning complex coding skills.