Launched in 2004, Mozilla Firefox swiftly became a favourite for those internet users who had grown tired with Internet Explorer. Now it has to jostle for supremacy with the likes of Google Chrome and Apple's own Safari. One of the things keeping it ahead of the game is the sheer number of add-ons available. These include anything from adding a new skin to Firefox to jazz it up a little, to integrating other programmes with your browser.
With this in mind I thought I'd give you an introduction on how to install add-ons, and then show you some of my favourites.
The world of Firefox add-ons is huge, with add-ons for productivity, social networking, and plain old fun; they are not all appearance- or work-related. The first thing you need to do, if you haven't already is download and install Firefox, which you can do for free here.
Once you have done this, you can start browsing for add-ons; to do this you can either press Ctrl+Shift+A while in Firefox, or browse to it as show below.
The first page you will see is the Add-ons home page which shows you all the featured and newest add-ons available.
To browse the full collection and via Category, select 'See all 'as shown below.
After you have found an Add-on you want to use installing it could not be simpler, Just click "Add to Firefox"
This will download the add-on, and then prompt you to install it and restart Firefox.
So, that's a quick guide to installing an add-on for Firefox.
Some of My Favourites
There are millions of add-ons for Firefox, but here are just a few of my favourites:
Fire.fm is a great add-on that allows you to play your Last FM stations straight from the Firefox toolbar; it's fast and has all the controls you will be familiar with. Just some of the features available with Fire.fm are
- Quickly access your favourite stations by just typing a few letters into the location bar.
- Listen to music related to your favourite artist or genre, and discover new artists and music in the process.
- Listen to your friend's favourite music.
Ad block Plus
Ad block Plus is an amazing add-on which runs in the background and blocks all the annoying adverts, targeted advertising and pop ups. The add-on has a 5 star rating and uses over 40 separate filters to allow you to browse the web the way you want to. Once you have used Ad block plus, you will wonder why you hadn't sooner!
FireFTP is a simple, intuitive and clutter free File Transfer Protocol. Once installed you access FireFTP from the web developer drop down and have rapid access to your files. FireFTP also includes more advanced features such as; directory comparison, SFTP (Secure FTP), SSL encryption, search/filtering, integrity checks, remote editing and drag & drop. With over 1 million users and counting, this is a real favourite.
Evernote Web Clipper
Evernote is a free note-taking application, mentioned in Pete's blog here.
This add-on works perfectly with Evernote, and lets you save information from websites straight to your Evernote account at the touch of a button. Forget bookmarks; use the clipper to save all the information you need not just the whole web page.
So what are you waiting for, explore the vast world of Firefox add-ons today!