25 Must-Have IE Add-ons for Web Professionals

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IE Browser Add OnsOne of the most popular weblog posts from last week was 23 Chrome Extensions for Web professionals. The reason we created that article (besides the fact that we're slightly obsessed with all things Google these days) is that we noticed that Chrome usage was increasing on our site and on others. But what about Internet Explorer? Are there add-ons for IE that will benefit Web professionals? Absolutely, and you can bet your browser on that. Here are a few of our favorite IE browser add-ons perfect for any Web professional.

 


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Blogging: The real-time Web is all the rage, and there is no shortage of add-ons to assist Web professionals in finding out about the latest trends. OneRiot offers two excellent add-ons. Realtime Web Search from OneRiot offers results for news, blogs, videos and the Most Shared Today add-on offers those items with the greatest amount of distribution.Very much in line with the add-ons from OneRiot is Zemanta for IE. The add-on suggests tags, links, photos and related articles in real time as you type. If you already know what you're going to be writing about, then there are several IE add-ons that you will find useful. There are IE add-ons for Blogger, LiveJournal, and even Windows Live Spaces.

Search Engine Optimization: Quite surprisingly to me, WM did not find many valuable add-ons for the SEOs. Twingly Blog Links could prove useful, however, as it lets users find blogs linking to the page being viewed. 

Social Sharing/Bookmarking: There are a few strong social sharing add-ons for IE. Based on ratings, Shareaholic and Add to Any seem to be the most popular, and provide access to a number of social destinations. There are a few standalone sharing add-ons. Blinklist, Furl and Simpy to name just two. The Digg Accelerator is one that has already made its way into our IE installations as have the Share on Facebook, Delicious and Stumbleupon add-ons

URL Shorteners: IE has loads of add-ons for those that need to shorten long URLs, to.ly, FLQ, TinyURL, bit.ly and tr.im for example.

Total Randomness: We'd be negligent if we didn't mention IE7pro, an add-on from Daniel Fang that features tabbed browsing enhancement, ad block, and user scripts. Another noteworthy add-on for Internet Explorer is Xmarks which syncs and backs up bookmarks favorites. Lightshot is another rather valuable add-on we've come across for taking and sharing screenshots.

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5 comments

Skip McBride 02-26-2010 3:50 PM

OK... this is the biggest contradiction I've come across in quite a while. IE plugins FOR Web Professionals!? Anyone who's on the web as a profession should NOT be using IE.

Atlanta Homes 02-26-2010 7:00 PM

I agree with Skip. FF has completely dusted everyone. The FireBug is unbelievably useful for developers.

JamesD 02-28-2010 4:18 PM

Let's see... What do I use IE for? Absolutely nothing! Firefox is by far my choice for a web browser. The add-ons are superb and plentiful. You should have written about FF.

AlexanderR 04-04-2010 5:19 AM

I totally agree with all of the above -- FF is clearly the best choice for web developers. Though, I suppose your list focused on web 'content creators', as opposed to 'developers'.

For 'developers' using IE, there is Microsoft's Internet Explorer Toolbar (for IE < 8) as well as the 3rd party Companion.js and DebugBar add-ons for IE; IE8 offers good built-in Developer Tools (DOM Editor, CSS Editor, etc.). Then there is also Microsoft's script Debugger and their commercial development tools (Expression Web, Visual Web Developer, Sharepoint Designer, etc.) helping with development (primarily _for_ and) using IE. Javascript bookmarklets Firebug Lite and XRay are also useful. Unless you cater to techies, you should also be concerned about providing support for previous versions of IE (at least IE7), at which point IETester is highly recommended.

CarolS 04-07-2010 10:29 PM

Totally agree FF is what web professionals use. IE is the web designers nightmare. IE should be fixing their browsers not worrying about addons. Get the core product right.

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