10 Web Extensions for Designers and Developers

One of the biggest reasons that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have a combined 340 million users is their ability to run third-party extensions. These extensions have a variety of functions, ranging from blocking advertisements to displaying the weather. Since there are hundreds of thousands of extensions available, each user is bound to find at least a handful that can enhance their web browsing experience. Web developers are no exception, and there tons of extensions out there designed to make their lives easier. Here are the ten best:

10. MeasureIt – This handy tool allows Chrome and Firefox users to measure the width, height, and alignment of any selected area. Just draw and drag a box over the area you want measured and find out the exact dimensions of any page element.

9. Colorzilla – Every developer and designer knows the importance of finding the specific colors of different web elements. Colorzilla allows you to find and save colors important to you. EyeDropper is the Chrome equivalent that delivers essentially the same function.

8. Resolution Test – Developers in Chrome can test their page in different resolutions of their choice by altering the screen size. Firefox’s Firesizer is a similar tool for Mozilla’s browser.

7. Page Speed – Firefox users can use this application to evaluate the performance of their page and find out what is slowing it down and the steps that can be made to improve it. Chrome has a similar extension called Speed Tracer.

6. PHP Code Editor – This tool is different than the others on the list because it is not used on-page. However, it’s a valuable tool that allows Chrome users to edit a site’s PHP code from any location.

5. Web Developer – This Firefox extension adds a toolbar that provides quick access to a variety of important webmaster tools. One of the most handy sections is the ability to enable or disable page traits like cache, JavaScript, META redirects, and proxies.

4. IE Tab – A number of people still use Internet Explorer as their browser of choice. Rather than starting a new browsing session, IE Tab opens an Internet Explorer tab within Chrome or Firefox so developers can see what their page looks like in the eyes of their IE visitors.

3. Google Font Previewer for Chrome – Previewing how a particular font looks can be a hassle, but this Chrome extension makes it easy. Select from a list of fonts and then view how a page’s text would look if it were applied.

2. CSS Scan – The Chrome counterpart to the CSSViewer extension for Firefox that eliminates the need to open the inspector window to view the CSS properties of a web element by displaying them in a window within the browser.

1. Firebug – This extension is available for Chrome and Firefox. It allows for the inspection and editing of CSS, HTML, and JavaScript within any page.

The world of extensions and plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome is constantly expanding in order offer its users more and more customization. If you’re a web developer or designer, you owe it to yourself to check out these and other time-saving features.