What started as a fork of the Navigator browser component of the Mozilla Application Suite has since replaced the Mozilla Suite as the flagship product of the Mozilla project. Yes, I’m talking about Firefox, the coolest web browser atm. Free, cross platform and open source.
Around the same time 4 years ago, Firefox had only 1.6% usage of the total market share for web browsers. As of 31st May 2007, Firefox’s estimated global usage is at 24.55%. What I like most about Firefox is the ability to tweak and add on plugins to it. Check out the 13 ways that you can further accelerate your Firefox 2 performance, if you haven’t. Firefox 2.0 is a huge improvement from version 1.0. I used to have a long list of Firefox extensions but now it’s been sliced down. Anyways, below are 9 of my favourite Firefox 2 add ons.
- Adsense Notifier
I am the author of 3 blogs that are part of adsense’s advertising program. I like this plugin because it helps me keep track of 6 important things.
- Ad Impressions
- RPC (V)
one of the most important terms in the internet marketing arena. Impressions is the number of times a page or an ad is loaded. It tells me how well my site is doing in terms of visitor volume.
refers to the total number of ad clicks shown. The higher the better.
Clicks / Ad Impressions = CTR. An average adsensed website gets about 1 to 10 clicks per hundred visitors.
CPM is the cost per thousand ad impressions for a particular site. A Web site that charges $15,000 per banner and guarantees 600,000 impressions has a CPM of $25. Simply means $15,000 / 600 = $25.
How much I have earned so far. I have set the adsense notifier to refresh statistics every 20 minutes so that I can track my blogs’ progress throughout the day.
Revenue per click. How much I make for each click.
I strongly recommend this highly configurable plugin for everyone that uses Adsense.
Roboform is an easy to apply and simple utility, but is extremely useful and can save you a great deal of time online. Easily place multiple adverts on a website, simply by saving the ad under a profile, and re-filling it as needed. The special thing about AI Roboform is accuracy. I have been using it for over a few months and logging into my email, blogs or anything that requires login is a breeze.
Try out the software for 30 days and see the difference. Though it costs $29.95 to buy, it’s the best password manager and form filler I have ever seen. It has won numerous awards such as PC Magazine Editor’s Choice and CNET Download.com’s Software of the Year.
Opera was the browser that inspired the creation of AiOS. Imagine all the commonly used panels hidden at the left side of the browser which can easily be called out by just hovering the mouse over the left. The slide-out button and toolbar is extensively customizable.
Main dialog windows supported by AiOs include
- firefox configuration
- page info
I use it a lot to monitor downloads and bookmark websites. It’s much easier and organized than Firefox’s.
It has helped me to get color readings of any point in Firefox, adjust it and paste it into another program. Basically, if I see a color I would want to use in my website, I’ll just use ColorZilla to get the Hex reading of the color and use it in Photoshop or Dreamweaver.
A must have for web developers and bloggers.
Flashgot is the Firefox extension that scored 5/5 with Softpedia and was one of the ‘101 Fabulous Freebies’ in PC World magazine back in May 2006. What’s so good about Flashgot? It’s the best Firefox download manager integrator. With Flashgot, I no longer need to worry about download manager integration with Firefox.
I used to have Flashget but it couldn’t ‘catch’ the link when I download. Not GetRight, not Download Accelerator Plus. I had to copy the link and paste it into the download accelerator, which is a method that is tedious. “save as..” one by one is tedious. Files that are unable to be downloaded through accelerators will have a much longer wait, and that is tedious.
Thanks to the guys at Flashgot who turned every supported download manager into a download manager for Firefox!
Believe it or not, you can actually run Windows Update from Firefox. What IE Tab does is actually embed IE in a Firefox tab. It comes in handy when a page doesn’t load well into Firefox, like Microsoft’s. All you need to do is just left click at the browser icon located at the lower left of Firefox and it’s different.
One of the best image hosting sites I have ever come across. I host ALL my images, ALL of them in ImageShack. Why? Cause I can upload as much as I want. Flickr is cool too, but it imposes a 100MB upload limit per month. The toolbar allows me to batch upload all my images, which will then appear as links for me to hotlink them through blogs, websites and forums.
A simple tool that draws a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels. I use it to measure the length of an image, on whether if it fits into my blogs directly, or whether if I need to do changes to it.
StumbleUpon is a web browser plugin that allows its users to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles. These webpages are typically presented when the user clicks the “Stumble!” button on the browser’s toolbar. StumbleUpon chooses which new webpage to display based on the user’s ratings of previous pages, ratings by his/her friends, and by the ratings of users with similar interests. It is a recommendation system which uses peer and social networking principles. There is also one-click blogging built in as well. Users can rate, or choose not to rate, any webpage with a thumbs up or thumbs down, and clicking the ‘Stumble’ button resembles “channel-surfing” the web.
When I have writer’s block, I stumble. When I’m bored, I stumble. When I think that the Web’s hopeless, I stumble. I think StumbleUpon is exciting because I don’t know what’s coming up next. Oh yeah, and eBay just bought over StumbleUpon in May 2007 for $75 million.