Chrome – The Ultimate Online Workstation For Professionals

For website development companies, the right choice of web browser can be an amazing tool to compliment your work and assist you in various ways throughout your projects. However, one browser, goes well above and beyond a mere assistant, in fact, with the proper extensions Google Chrome can be a virtual online workstation.

In this post, we will point you towards unlocking this powerhouse’s full potential.

Start by setting up Chrome sync by going to options > Personal Stuff. Sync is the first option, set it up and you can easily sync chrome across computers complete with extensions and apps.

Next check out Chrome’s built-in developer tools by pressing Ctrl+Shift+I. Play around here for a while and learn what Chrome can do sans extensions.

Then browse the Chrome Web Store and find an array of helpful extensions to take you beyond the built-in tools. Listed below are a handful of the most useful extensions to turn Chrome into a web developer’s ultimate online workstation.

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ChromoDoro

ChromoDoro is a great extension for any web worker using the Pomodoro Technique. A small icon sits in your taskbar letting you know where you are in your cycle. You also get popup and sound notification options to alert you to the beginning and end of break times.

Firebug

For a long timeFirebug was the one thing keeping web designers and developers from using chrome. That issue has now been rectified opening up chrome to a group of users it had been lacking.

Incredible StartPage

Incredible StartPage replaces blank tabs when opened with a page designed for productivity including a sticky note for quick notes, your recently visited pages, bookmarks and apps installed in Chrome.

Web Development Toolbar

Web Development Toolbar is another important extension imported from Firefox. I actually like the usability of the toolbar better in Chrome than I did in Firefox

Chrome Sniffer

Chrome Sniffer allows you to inspect web framework / CMS and javascript library running on current browsing website. An icon will appear on address bar indicates the detected framework. Version detecting is being implemented.

Chroma

If you are a Web Designer working with colors, and want to get rid of the hassle of launching Photoshop just for picking a color, Chroma is the right tool for you. Chroma is the straightforward way for picking a color and seeing its shades. It’s perfect for borders, backgrounds, gradients or just playing with colors.

Adblock Plus

This is definitely one of the most popular Google Chrome extensions, which lets you browse in a distraction freeway. It removes all the advertising from sidebars and everywhere else. This extension also protects your computer from malware and viruses, and tracking of your every move online.

Most often than not, people including web designers forget about these free extensions and spend so much time searching online for the right product. Remember, there’s almost an extension for everything nowadays.