If you work with WordPress on a daily basis, whether it be developing websites or creating content, you know that time is of the essence. While experience can lead to shortcuts and increased efficiency, there may still be ways to improve your workflow. One solution is to utilize browser extensions, which can streamline productivity across various aspects of WordPress, including development, design, content creation, marketing, and general productivity. In this article, we will present a list of the top Firefox extensions for WordPress productivity.
1. Web Developer
Web Developer is a Firefox extension that adds a range of web developer tools directly into your browser. This extension is also available for other browsers, making it accessible to a wider range of developers. Some notable features include the ability to clear session cookies, display element information, show image file sizes, edit CSS, and display topographic information. This all-in-one extension is a great way to put commonly used developer tools within arm’s reach of WordPress developers.
2. Clear Cache
Clear Cache is an extension that allows you to clear your browser’s cache with a single click or by pressing F9. This tool is invaluable for developers who need to clear their website’s cache frequently to ensure that changes are displayed correctly. With Clear Cache, you can save time by avoiding the need to dig around in settings to clear your browser’s cache.
ColorZilla is a Firefox extension that makes color selection a more intuitive part of design and development. With this extension, you can browse websites and grab colors you want to use, saving them for later use. ColorZilla includes an eyedropper tool, a color picker tool, and gradient generator. Other tools included are a color analyzer, a palette viewer, keyboard shortcut support, and a color history so you can view and access recently saved colors.
4. Font Finder
Font Finder is a helpful tool for WordPress developers that adds a font inspector to your browser. This inspector allows you to view the CSS styles of any element you select. If you come across a font you like while browsing online, all you need to do is select that spot on the page and use the font inspector to view which font it is, as well as any other CSS styles applied to it. This extension is useful when you’re putting together a design plan for your website or if you just happen across a font you like and want to make note of it for the future.
5. Find & Replace for Text Editing
Find & Replace for Text Editing is an extension that adds a search and replace tool on input fields and text fields in your browser. This makes it easy to find precisely what you’re looking for without having to scan and scroll through a lot of content. It works on your search history, favorites, highlights, and within any other text field. This is super useful when composing blog posts or website content as you can find and replace works, phrases, or entire sections without having to scan through a bunch of text to find what you’re looking for.
6. Ahrefs SEO Toolbar
The Ahrefs SEO Toolbar is a Firefox extension that is packed with tools and resources for perfecting your search engine optimization strategy on-page and directly within WordPress. It includes an on-page SEO report that gives you a rundown of how your site is performing so far. You can easily use it in conjunction with the WordPress dashboard and make use of its broken link checker, redirect tracer, as well as its country changer. You can get even more out of this extension if you have an active Ahrefs.com account, which adds on keyword metric, page, and domain features as well.
7. Impulse Blocker
If staying focused on a task is difficult, the Impulse Blocker is another great Firefox extension to consider. All you need to do is add a list of websites that you want the extension to block, and it’ll prevent you from navigating to these sites for a given period of time. You can use this extension to put certain websites on “Pause,” or you can block them permanently. This would be handy if you’re trying to draft a blog post in WordPress and yet the siren song of social media keeps pulling you away.
8. WordPress Theme Detection
WordPress Theme Detection is an extension that tells you what WordPress theme a website is using as you’re browsing it. It connects into the ThemeDetect.com website and when you use the extension, it’ll tell you all about the theme that’s being used on the current website you’re viewing. This extension can help you get the answers you’re seeking without having to do any digging if you’re looking for theme inspiration and want to know how a developer achieved a certain look.
9. User-Agent Switcher and Manager
The User-Agent Switcher and Manager extension lets you change your browser’s user-agent string so that it can appear as though you’re visiting a website from a different browser or device. This is great if you want to check out what site’s you’re working on look like under different browser and device circumstances. It’s also great if you simply want to access a mobile site from your desktop without having to jump through hoops.
10. HTML Validator
The HTML Validator Firefox extension adds easy-to-view and access HTML validation directly inside Firefox. It’ll display the number of HTML page errors on screen as an icon so you can see if anything is broken at a glance. This is a super quick way to troubleshoot, and though it won’t tell you what the errors are specifically, it will tell you there’s an issue so you can start troubleshooting immediately. This is helpful if you’re switching from draft to preview in WordPress and want to make sure everything is working before moving forward.
In conclusion, using Firefox extensions can be a smart way to streamline your workflow within WordPress. These extensions are incorporated directly into your typical browsing experience, putting vital tools within reach immediately. By using these extensions, you can save time and increase productivity. If you have any other Firefox extensions that work well with WordPress, feel free to share them in the comments below.