Five Must Have Firefox Extensions

If you are an avid Mozzillan, this tip is just for you! Below is a list of the five must have, most coolest (in my opinion), can’t live without Firefox extensions that are available today. I think that every self respecting Firefox user should have these! Of course, that’s up to you, but you should definitely read on before you make your final decision.

In case you haven’t heard, Mozilla Firefox was voted the number one product of 2005 by the PC World magazine and it has been adopted as the browser of choice by millions of users worldwide. Firefox provides added functionality, not only in the form of tabbed browsing, but also in the form of features such as popup blocking, integrated searches and easier accessibility for visually impaired people.

Now, what’s even better is that the people at Firefox haven’t stopped yet! They have implemented something known as extensions for Firefox. Extensions are basically add ons, which help multiply the innovative features that you have on your Firefox browser.

Like I said before, the five must have extensions for Firefox are listed below. If one of them sounds interesting to you, you can install them by clicking on the links that are provided after each extension description. Let’s go!

1.) Translate

This is a small extension that translates Web pages (via the toolbar button) or selected text (via the context menu) from several different foreign languages into English.This plug-in (extension) uses babel fish to translate pages. It’s small, but it does the job effectively.

To install Translate, click here.

2.) Fasterfox

Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings, such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache and initial paint delay.

If these words remind you of your high school Spanish classes, then all you need to understand is that Fasterfox helps you speed up your Firefox browser. Firefox installs itself with default settings, which are most likely to work across a wide range of machines. However, these settings can be tweaked further to maximize the performance on every individual computer and Fasterfox helps you accomplish just that. Fasterfox also loads the links in the background before you click them while you’re viewing a particular page. This completely helps to speed up your browsing, because by the time you click the link, it’s already cached on your machine, resulting in zero load time. Everybody’s gotta love that!

To install Fasterfox, click here.

3.) Stumble Upon

Stumble Upon helps you find interesting Web pages that you wouldn’t think to search for. It brings you across random Web sites that fit your interests. You just need to set up the plug-in by setting up a new account. Once you sign up, it’s pretty much kid’s play. Every time you want to surf, you click on the “Stumble” button and it will bring up a random site that you might find interesting. What’s even more cool is that you can e-mail these sites to your friends right from the “stumble” bar itself. Stumble Upon also supports 13 different languages, apart from English.

To install Stumble Upon, click here.

4.) Down Them All

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Download Manager integrated into your Firefox browser so you don’t have to load that external Download Manager every time you want to download something? Down Them All does just that. In a click, it lets you filter and download all the links contained in any Web page. It also lets you pause and resume downloads any time you want. All you have to do is checkmark the check boxes next to the files you want to download, specify a directory to save the downloads in and click “start downloads.” Sounds pretty easy, huh?

To install Down Them All, click here.

5.) Morning Coffee

Have you ever thought that maybe you access certain Web sites only on a particular day of the week? For example, maybe every Thursday, you view the weekly comic, maybe you feel the need to read the weekly Agony Aunt column every Friday and every Saturday, you want to logon and download the TV Guide as you plan to waste away the weekend by being a couch potato.

If you’re nodding your head or you’re thinking, “how did he know that”?, it sounds like Morning Coffee may be the perfect thing for you! This extension keeps track of your daily routine Web sites and it opens them up on their respective days. It lets you organize Web sites by the days of the week and it will automatically open them for you when their time comes. It’s as simple as that to view the sites you want to see on the exact day you assign to them.

To install Morning Coffee, click here.

I hope all, or at least, some of these extensions have caught your eye and that you start using them today. They could change your whole Firefox experience!

~ Yogesh Bakshi