Friday, January 08, 2010

10 Time Saving Tools for Web Professionals

Successful Web Development and SEO calls for a range of tools to be effective. Most professionals use an assortment of desktop and web applications, some free and some premium.

But, simply by installing a firefox browser and adding some of the 1,500 + free extensions, you can eliminate the need for many of the other apps you’re currently flitting between.

Below are ten of my favorite extensions for web professionals - in no particular order…

HTML Validator

Validates web pages to the W3C HTML standards with a simple green check in the corner of the page if the page validates, a red check if it doesn’t, and a yellow exclamation point if there are warnings. It also includes an enhanced view of source code that allows you to see where errors are within the code.

Professor X

Allows you to view header information without having to view source code. The page “slides” down and Professor X shows you the contents of the page's head element, including Meta, Script and Style content.

The Smart Marketer’s ToolBar

The Smart Marketer's ToolBar is a suite of tools and resources, originally developed by us for us, as we simply wanted everthing at our fingertips! But we had many requests to install the toolbar in other webmaster's browsers. So here it is, available at no cost for anyone to install.

IE Tab

Fed up of swapping between Internet Explorer and Firefox when testing out a web page you’re developing? With IE Tab you can view Internet Explorer in a Firefox Tab.


An advanced debugger console that lets you monitor your JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax.


Web page editor that has the feel of Dreamweaver. An amazing extension for anyone doing web design that doesn’t want to fork out a few hundred dollars for Dreamweaver.

SEO for Firefox

Pulls useful market research data right into Google's and Yahoo!'s search results, including Google PR, Age, links, Alexa rank, WHOIS, and more. It also adds a few helpful links to the top of the search pages, including Google Trends, Google Traffic Estimator, and the Overture View Bid tool.

AdSense Preview

Preview the Google AdSense ads that would appear on that page. This is incredibly useful if you are considering putting AdSense on a page and don’t want to go through the hassle of signing up for an account and putting the ads up just to see what type of ads will show.

Screen grab

Takes a screenshot of the webpage and saves it as an image file. This saves a ton of time compared to the method I used to use – take a screenshot and open Adobe Photoshop to crop the image.

Server Spy

Indicates what brand of HTTP server (Apache, IIS, etc.) runs on the visited site on the lower-right side of the browser.

So there’s ten of my faves. Why not add your own favorites in the comments below?



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