Firefox Add-ons have always been adding some usefulness to Firefox in several areas, one of them is Blogging, here are some useful add-ons that will help you supercharge you blogging experience with Firefox.
1. ScribeFire (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1730)
It is one of the best add-on possible for blogging. It offers some powerful and amazing features which can be seen only in few desktop blogging clients and with its recent Integration with Zemanta, it has become more powerful than some desktop clients.
Some of its features are:
- Ability to right click on a portion of selected text/photo from any webpage to create a new post using its editor window.
- Ability to save your posts as drafts for future writing.
- Integration with Blog directory services like Technorati and Ping-O-Matic and many more.
- Ability to share the post to various social networks with a single click.
- Support for Multiple Blogs.
ScribeFire is compatible with Blogger, WordPress.com, Movable Type, WordPress (Self Hosted).
Zemanta is a plugin which integrates with your blogging dashboard and populates your dashboard with contextual photos, tags and links to add to your blog post and enrich it, just by watching what you are writing in your post. If you want, you can also filter Zemanta for specific keywords which are not present in your post.
This add-on basically just adds a sidebar to your posting editor and allows you to use photos, tags and even links with a single click and use them in your post.
As a Tech Blogger, I need to keep taking screenshots of the various websites or online services that I blog about. This is where add-ons like Fireshot and Picnik comes into picture and help us a great deal.
3. Fireshot (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5648)
It is one of the most popular add-on for creating screenshots of web pages either entirely or just the visible part of the webpage. This add-on also provides a host of editing and annotation tools, which can be very helpful in modifying the taken screenshots and insert text/ graphical annotations to it. The screenshot can then be saved in 4 different formats PNG, GIF, JPEG and BMP.
4. Screengrab (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1146)
An another popular add-on for web screenshots. You can capture the entire page or a particular selection as an screenshot and then convert it into a file later.
We all know that Picnik is an amazing web photo editor. This extension simply adds a option in your right context menu, to make it very easy to to edit the image in Picnik. Through this add-on, you can also take screenshots of the current page and import them into Picnik for any editing of the image.
Every person who is into Blogging accept the fact that commenting is an important part of blogging as well. This add-on acts as an auto-fill and can help you in automatically filling out the Comment Forms on various blogs.
6. EasyComment (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9095)
Once Installed, you just have to click on Easy Comment icon on the status bar of Firefox and insert all your details like Name, Email and Website address. That is all.
The next time you go to any website/blog and click on the Easy comment Icon, all the fields are Auto filled by this add-on and you just have to add your comment and press the Submit Button.
There are at times when you come across a great article but not in position to blog about it, and if you add it to bookmarks, there are chances of losing it if you have a huge list of bookmarks like me :)
7. Scrapbook (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/427)
This add-on gives you a collapsible sidebar on which you can drag drop the article or add it via right click context menu for later reading. You can also tag that particular page with your annotations, to help you identify it later.
Everything is stored in folder like structure, locally which can help you a great deal in organizing all your clipped stuff.
8. Read It Later (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7661)
Sometimes you want to save a page which are of one time read only. In such cases, it is not worth putting it in your bookmarks. This Firefox extension will help you in such case. It allows you to save the required pages for further reading which will be of one time interest only.
9. Shareaholic ((https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5457))
Shareaholic is a small nifty add-on which allows you to easily share your posts to various social networks very quickly.
It simply adds a button to both your toolbar and context menu that makes all the social networks like Digg, Stumbleupon, Delicious, Friendfeed and Twitter accessible. Shareholic also allows you to customize which network you want and you don’t. Shareaholic supports 30 social networks currently.
10. FireFTP (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/684)
For some reason, if you want to FTP to your site, this add-ons helps you a great deal. It is an integrated FTP Client within Firefox, which offers pretty good features like directory comparison, directories syncing while navigating, support for SFTP and SSL encryption, search/filtering, integrity checking, remote editing, support for dragging & dropping files, file hashing and many more.
This is a Birthday Bash guest post by Vikas SN a Software Engineer and a Technology Blogger from the Bangalore who blogs at Techie Blues, where he writes about cool softwares and hack you can use, if you want your guest post featured on Techie Buzz, drop us a line through the contact us form.