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.

Cheap Web Hosts Are Workhorses For Web Developers

Cheap web hosts can actually do quite a lot for those of us who know how to use their services to the fullest. Now when I say “cheap”, I don’t mean anything poorly set up. I’m talking about inexpensive, yet valuable – know what I mean? The fact is that many cheap web hosts online provide excellent service, and their account packages each allow for our creativity in web designing according to each of our individual needs.

For a good example of what I’m talking about here, let’s assume you need to create a presence on the web for a business you might have in the real world, in order to spread the word and increase your client base, or just to offer information about your whereabouts, what you do, etc. – using the services of any of the cheap web hosts out there, you could do this with a simple, single-paged website, a domain name and maybe an e-mail account as well. For this, you could easily find an account costing around $5 per month. That’s pretty darned cheap, right?

Or it could be that your needs are not so uncomplicated, but cheap web hosts can still supply you with an account to have your needs met. Let’s say that you run a web log (or “blog”) which showcases the business you run, offers tips or tutorials on the subject of your hobbies you might like to share, or even to create a world-wide discussion on some areas that you are expert in. performing this activity would eventually accumulate a large group of readers, loyal fans, fellow bloggers and others. You could still use the cheap accounts that web hosts can provide.

Imagine that you did all of this as a means of generating income. You could monetize your blog through the use of relevant, contextual ad placement within your posts. This would create the need for more storage
space for posts, bandwidth to accommodate increasing numbers of visitors and perhaps sub-domains for branching off of your main domain name for each post. You could easily find the right account to use for this that cheap web hosts offer, for around ten to fifteen bucks per month to do all of this – perhaps less.

As a further example, let’s say that you need to do your web hosting on a much larger scale – cheap web hosts can still provide you with service. Maybe you’re someone who generates your income solely online. You’d certainly require more bandwidth and storage space, as well as other things. Maybe you’re a publisher of a newsletter that you distribute through e-mail to a vast subscriber base. Maybe you offer products for online sale which people could buy and download from your web pages. Maybe you operate an array of monetized blogs which review other people’s products for affiliate commissions.

Okay, so maybe you do all of the above. Can the use of cheap web hosts really still be a feasible option here? With the use of a reseller account, cheap web hosts can still handle this, and surprisingly, even much, much more – seriously. You see, the concept of reseller accounts was originally put together so that anyone who wished to join in on web hosting business, offering services to others, could do so and enjoy a stable monthly income… but now, reseller accounts aren’t used for just this type of reason anymore. You can actually use a reseller account, which many cheap web hosts offer, to host an unheard of amount of websites, affiliate promotion sites, monetized blogs, forums, discussion boards on various topics, and stake your claim on a huge chunk of the internet all for your own use.

Paying for a reseller account would only cost around twenty to thirty dollars per month, and it would permit you to create and host more websites, domains, and download pages than you can shake a stick at. If you think about it for a bit, at the price of the account, all of your websites that you can host on a reseller account could effectually be less than one cent each month in cost, per website – could cheap web hosts be any more inexpensive?