I have always been back and forth between FireFox and IE. At first I really liked the changes in IE7, but after a couple of weeks the new UI was not sitting right with me. Once FireFox 2.0 came out I was hooked and have not looked back.
To me, the most compelling argument for FireFox are the extensions. I use so many of them daily I feel lost anytime I have to do something in IE without them. IE can add new features, but without this kind of flexibility, I do not see myself ever going back.
I have never written any extensions for FireFox, but with the sheer number of them and the number of things you can change/enhance it looks like it is not too hard. I know there are some extensions to IE, but no where near the same as FireFox. I wonder if it is harder, less flexible, or something else?
Anyway, on to the reason for the post, my favorite FireFox extensions.
- Adsense Notifier – There isn’t a lot of money displayed in it, but for some reason, I love watching this thing update every 20 minutes
- Blog This – While IE7 may not be my cup of tea, I love Windows Live Writer and this extensions makes it super easy to share links/etc.
- Download Statusbar – a great way to manage downloads without popping up another window
- Firebug – an unbelievably powerful extension for web developers. Wow!
- FireFTP – A great FTP client directly from within the browser.
- Greasemonkey – I have never really gotten into writing my own user-scripts, but it is great to use ones written by other people.
- IE Tab – for those times you need it to render in IE.
- Password Scrambler – for obvious reasons, this is the first extnention I install after any rebuild or new machine.
- StumbleUpon – a great way to find new stuff
- Tiny Menu – the menu still exists, but now only takes up a tiny bit of space
- SearchStatus – displays google rank and alexa stats
- Web Developer – of course. :)
I think I have another 10 or so installed, but the ones above are the most important.
I probably found more than half of the extensions I use via LifeHacker.