Have it Your Way with Firefox’s Profile Manager

My FirefoxRecently my laptop had to go into the shop and I was forced to use our home computer. Not a problem except that my wife has become quite the Firefox fan. Each time I went online, I had to log her out of sites like Google and Yahoo. Once I realized that she didn’t have my favorite Firefox extensions installed, something had to be done.

The solution is Firefox’s Profile Manager. The Profile Manager allows multiple users to have their own cookies, bookmarks, passwords and extensions without having to log out of the operation system.

Use the instructions (for Windows, Linux and Mac) at Mozilla.org to create your own additional profiles.

5 favorite Firefox extensions for web design

As a web page designer, I am please with all the options that the Firefox browser provides. Even though Microsoft has made some significant advances with the release of Internet Explorer 7, they simply haven’t matched what Firefox has been able to accomplish.

I consider the vast collection of Firefox extensions its biggest strength. Here are my five favorite extensions for web page design:

  1. MeasureIt
    Draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels.
  2. ColorZilla
    get a color reading from any point in your browser
  3. Aardvark
    See how the page is created, block by block
  4. Web Developer
    Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools
  5. IE View Lite
    IE View Lite opens your current page in IE with just one-click