Part 1 of Webmaster Tools You Can Use introduced you to four great free Firefox Extensions that I use to make my job of building great websites for businesses easier. Here are five more from my personal webmaster tools experience, all free and all wonderful time and frustration savers.
Webmaster Tools I Recommend, Continued
MeasureIt is the perfect webmaster tool for those moments when you really want to know how wide an image is, or how much room you have in a sidebar. I use it almost every day. Just click the ruler button, drag over the element you want to measure, and get its size in pixels, instantly. What could be easier?
The most difficult part of using Pixlr Grabber is figuring out where it installed – once you’ve added the Firefox Add-on, right-click on any part of the browser and notice the Grab menu. You can grab an entire page, just the visible part, or get a box to drag the edges of, to give you the ability to grab a defined area. It also conveniently tells you the dimensions of the image. It’s easy. Then pick Crop, and decide how you want to save the result.
Quirks – it saves in .PNG, not .JPG format. Also, if you accept the default file names on a PC, you’ll have issues since they contain colons to demarcate time. Just be sure to remove the part of the filename with the time in it, or rename the file.
Evernote Web Clipper
Evernote Web Clipper for Firefox gives easy access to Evernote, one of the best free things on the web. Evernote’s tagline is “Remember Everything”, and it sure helps! The Firefox plugin is just to make access to Evernote 1-button easy – you’ll also need to create an account at Evernote. Evernote is not just a webmaster tool, it’s an almost-indispensable tool for everyone, except perhaps those with a perfect memory.
Evernote is an extension to your brain, giving you easily accessible, easily searched storage for ideas, quotes, todos… any text or graphic item you want to store. Evernote can clip any part of a webpage you highlight, or the whole page if you wish, and store it so that you’ll have access to the information, even if the original page disappears off the web. Some examples of what I store, related to building web pages:
- Ideas for future articles
- Chunks of code I’ll reuse
- Articles I want to link to from my websites
- To Do items
- Ideas or data to include in future courses or products
- Addresses of websites I want to remember, by topic
- Lists… like a list of my favorite webmaster tools!
You can tag what you store in Evernote – and since my tags are the words I think of related to a topic, it’s easy to find the information again. And best of all, your Evernote data is stored in the cloud. It’s available on any computer, web-enabled smartphone or tablet. There’s much more to Evernote than I’ve mentioned here – I strongly suggest you go check it out.
SearchStatus is a Firefox Extension that displays the Google PageRank, Alexa rank, and much more for any webpage you visit. It installs in the Add-on bar (footer) of Firefox, but can be set to display on any bar in your browser. A very useful tool is the fast keyword density analyzer, which lets you enter a keyword and display related stats.
This Firefox extension lets you quickly determine the font, font-size, line-height and color for any text element on a webpage. TypeGauge may not be something you use constantly, but when you need it, it’s perfect – fast and simple. Add it to your collection of webmaster tools and try it out.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of my favorite Webmaster Tools that plug right into Firefox. These Firefox extensions have saved me huge amounts of time and frustration – may they do the same for you. Please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any of your favorite webmaster tools!