Revealing the Firefox Secret Used by Top Web Developers and Power-Browsers

Profiles are one of the best kept secrets around regarding Mozilla Firefox (my browser of choice).

In the role of web site designer, I find it useful to have Firefox set up with various Extensions for helping test compliance, keep track of Google AdSense earnings, checking PageRank and Alexa rating, etc…

However, when I am simply surfing the internet, I don’t want to be weighed down by all these tools, cluttering up my status and toolbars. I like a slick, simple browser that looks good and works quickly.

Fortunately, I am able to have both of these scenarios in Firefox, through the wonder of Profiles.

How do Firefox Profiles work?

Firefox allows multiple users to set up the browser to suit their own specific needs and tastes, from Themes and Extensions to Bookmarks and Home Page.
Upon startup of Firefox, you are able to choose which user profile you would like to use.
So, you can now have a profile for your web development needs, one for your personal surfing, and even one for the kids (allowing you to increase Firefox’s security measures).
Each profile is independent of the others, so it’s like having a new installation for each user.

How do I activate Firefox Profiles?

1. Firstly, find the Firefox shortcut on your desktop (or create one from the .exe file).

2. Right-click it, and select properties.

3. Lastly, in the Target box, add ‘ -p’ without the apostrophes to the end of the target line (so that it reads something like ‘C:Program FilesMozillaFirefoxfirefox.exe -p’), and click OK.

Now when you start Firefox through this shortcut you will be prompted with the Profiles Manager box (as long as you do not already have an instance of Firefox open). It’s all self-explanatory from thereon.

For faster start-up, I advise that you keep two shortcuts on your desktop – one to load up Firefox as normal, and this new one to execute only when you want to change profile.

How to Choose Which Web Development Package is Right For You

There are plenty of options when it comes to web site creation software and a wannabe web designer might have a hard time deciding which to choose. We will have a look at the most popular web creation programs: Front Page, Dreamweaver and Adobe GoLive. All three offer a user-friendly interface and plenty of beginner and advanced options that will allow you to create the website of your dreams. A large majority of website hosting companies accept the final outputs of the three programs, but you will still need to check your web page for compatibility with different web browsers.

Front Page

comes as a natural option to many web designers, partly because being part of the Microsoft Office family this software offers a familiar workspace. The interface is similar to the ones you find in Word or Excel, with many identical buttons, keyboard shortcuts and actions. Text formatting is piece of cake in Front Page as it almost feels like you are using Word to do it. The Insert/Picture command is also available here, allowing the user to easily integrate images into the web page. Although many experienced web designers see Front Page as a basic software, you can still tweak your page to higher standards by using the HTML view.

Dreamweaver

offers a lot more high-end features and is preferred by a large community of web designers. You have more freedom using HTML features and taking your web site closer to perfection. A very useful option is the design and code split view – you see the effects of the changes you make in the source code affect the design in real time. Macromedia Dreamweaver allows you to create from the simplest of web sites to very complex pages that integrate Java applications and Flash elements. You may also check the final result in different browsers, a very important step that allows you to calibrate the web site for maximum compatibility. It is also an excellent programme for beginners because of its WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get) interface, this allows the user to create web sites without having knowledge of HTML coding. Some HTML coding knowledge will, however, allow you to create better looking sites.

Adobe GoLive

is a favorite web creation software of designers that are used to working with other Adobe products such as Photoshop or Illustrator. The familiar Adobe workspace reduces the learning curve for this program and allows easy integration of cross-software elements. The graphic elements for the web site, which are usually created in Photoshop, are effortlessly placed into GoLive’s workspace by a simple drag and drop move. The excellent compatibility with other graphic design Adobe products recommends GoLive as a great option when you want to create a great looking website.

The Future Of Web Development With HTML-5

HTML-5 is creating ripples across the web design industry and now you have more options than just using Flash. For years Flash has ruled the web design industry however the technology was always cumbersome and industry experts were looking for another alternative. The advent of HTML-5 brought along with it loads of benefits so industry experts predict that HTML-5 will surely stay and will rule the web design industry.

HTML is usually preferred by search engines. The language is available free so you can use them conveniently. It is supported by almost all the browsers and web designers find it effective to be used in web design. The popularity of HTML-5 can be attributed to the features and capabilities of the language. Silver-light and Flash were used earlier but they are not SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friendly however the features integrated into HTML-5 are expected to enhance web visibility among major search engines.

The video and graphics facility in HTML-5 is surely a brilliant addition compared to previous versions of HTML. There are wide ranges of APIs for HTML-5 so it is highly recommended for web design. Web browsers such as Mozilla and Google have also provided the right support to HTML-5 and the next generation applications are benefiting wide number of users. Browsers such as Google Chrome respond well to the video tags and video uploads. Internet Explorer 8 provides extensive support for the latest version of HTML such as Ajax navigation.

In order to use HTML-5, no proprietary plugins are required since the language now has syntactical features. The success of HTML-5 is also due to the fact that it is compatible with older browsers since many web users still find it convenient to use older browsers. The websites created using HTML-5 have enhanced interface and easy to read. Earlier there were compatibility issues for those using flash applications in their website. Designers would find it difficult to make their website compatible with all the browsers but HTML-5 is loaded with features that are browser friendly.

There are also performance related issues while using Flash during the web design. Often using a poor code can lead to the frequent crash of the website and Flash application and the browser also gets locked. This can be very frustrating for a user. Thankfully HTML-5 has looked into the issues to eliminate the problems of Flash.

HTML-5 is simple and easy to use. The element in HTML-5 now has content, header and footer tags. This adds to the convenience of the coder to neatly arrange the code so anyone can understand it. This is also very SEO friendly. Low overhead relates to the animation in HTML-5. Powerful animated content integrated with HTML-5 will surely be enjoyable experience for web designers. Stay tuned for the HTML libraries.

Nowadays the use of internet has extended from desktop to tablets and iPhone. HTML-5 is capable of supporting all the platforms and considerably assists in corresponding web design. This is surely the new age HTML we are referring to.