16 Most Useful Firefox Add-ons for Web Designers

The Firefox browser is the most popular browser for web developers, and there are plenty of plugins that can make the day-to-day work of web design significantly more efficient. As a web designer, you can add several add-ons for Mozilla Firefox and do a powerful web design tool which will help you in your daily work.

Firefox add-ons listed below are my best, and they are most useful plugins to me. In this article we are going to revel 16 best web design add-ons for firefox browser. Which firefox add-ons do you use?

#1 NoScript

It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice, e.g. your home-banking web site, guarding your “trust boundaries” against cross-site scripting attacks (XSS), cross-zone DNS rebinding / CSRF attacks (router hacking), and Clickjacking attempts, thanks to its unique ClearClick technology. Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.


#2 Web of Trust

The Web of Trust add-on shows you which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.


#3 PDF Download

Use PDF Download to do whatever you like with PDF files on the Web. Regain control and eliminate browser problems, view PDFs directly in Firefox as HTML, and use the all-new Web-to-PDF toolbar to save and share Web pages as high-quality PDF files.


#4 Protect your Kids – Firefox for Kids

When your kids want to play online, put Firefox into Kid Mode which protects your computer and delight your kid with a safe environment that’s filled with fun and learning. Zoodles Kid Mode makes it easy for kids 8 and under to independently play online.


#5 Google Preview

Google still missing a very useful feature–the ability to preview a site before you visit it. Google Preview adds a previewing capability to Google search results by displaying a thumbnail image of each site to the left of its description. That way, you can better see whether it’s a site you want to go to. The add-on also offers site thumbnails when you search using Yahoo.


#6 AutoCopy

You can select text on any web page and it will be automatically copied to the clipboard.


#7 Web Developer

The Web Developer Firefox add-on is a huge suite of web design tools packed with massively useful functions that will help web designers perform tasks more efficiently. By default, it displays as a toolbar towards the top of the browser, presenting you with various menus such as CSS, Resize and Cookies.


#8 ColorZilla

This add-on includes a color picker (much like the one you see in Photoshop) and an eye dropper tool so that you can sample and identify the colors used on any web page. A similar Firefox add-on to check out is Rainbow Color Tools.


#9 MeasureIt 0.4.10

This Firefox add-on It gives you that you can use on any web page for measuring items. Since web design critically relies on the proper sizing of design elements, this is a valuable tool to add to your collection of Firefox add-ons.
Firefox plugin


#10 Screengrab 0.96.3

Screengrab is a simple tool for taking full-page or partial-page screenshots. You can copy the screenshot to your clipboard, or save it to your hard drive as an image file.


#11 ImTranslator

Install the add-on ImTranslator 3.3.5 by smart Link corporation and perform the real time translation for more than 1640 language combinations. Difficulty in reading is overcome by the TTS Voice which reads out the text in human sounding way in a variety of languages.
Firefox Translator Add-on


#12 WebMail Notifier

WebMail Notifier checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails. You can use multiple accounts in a same host. WebMail Notifier checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails… Supports: gmail, yahoo, hotmail, aol, daum, naver, nate, paran, POP3/IMAP and more.


#13 Video DownloadHelper

DownloadHelper is a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites. The easy way to download and convert Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites.
This works also for audio and picture galleries.


#14 Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox’s tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combination of opened tabs and windows.


#15 BetterPrivacy

Better Privacy serves to protect against not deletable longterm cookies, a new generation of ‘Super-Cookie’, which silently conquered the internet. This new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry and market research. Concerning privacy Flash- and DOM Storage objects are most critical.
Firefox Addon


#16 FireBug

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. Firebug gives you full control over the CSS, HTML and JavaScript of any page that you choose. Inspect and edit HTML, Tweak CSS to perfection, Visualize CSS metrics, Monitor network activity, Debug and profile JavaScript, Quickly find errors, Explore the DOM, Execute JavaScript on the fly, Logging for JavaScript. Best of all, every change that you make is done live and instantly, so you can quickly test out different changes and see the results of those changes instantly.


Jan.11, 2012/Showcases, Web Design Tools/Comments 3

3 Comments to “16 Most Useful Firefox Add-ons for Web Designers”

  1. Rob | January 15th, 2012 at 15:14

    Firebug is my all time favorite!

    Great roundup! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Paul Elaine | January 17th, 2012 at 10:23

    Can anybody tell me, if I’m going to add all these add-ons in my Firefox, will it be having any kind of negative effect about speed etc.? Also Latest Firefox version may be having any trouble?

  3. Bartek | January 19th, 2012 at 14:36

    Hi Paul, my firefox supports most of these plugins and I did not notice the difference in speed.