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6+ Extensions to Super-Charge Chrome for Internet Devs

Posted on 1.28.2015

Google's Chrome browser is by far the most used among the general Internet population (with an estimated 60 percent market share), but among digital developers it is almost always the browser of choice. To make the most of your time spent in Chrome, check out these ten extensions to super-charge the browser experience.

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+ Clear Cache: An extension to clear browser cache, cookies, data, and reload the browser; also offers control and customization of what data should be cleared. Click&Clean is a nice alternative.

+ CheckMyLinks: Quickly check the links on a web pages to see if they are valid; providing response codes and full URLs of broken links in the console log. A strong alternative is the Link Checker extension from synmantics.

+ Wappalyzer: What is that website running? This extension shows the content management systems, e-commerce paltforms, web services, JavaScript frameworks, analytics tools being used on any website. Appspector is another excellent alternative, as is BuiltWith which provides a rather useful technology profiler of the same nature.

+ Stylebot: An extension that enables designers to work with CSS styles, selecting an element and changing its color, font, margins manually within the browser. The CSS3 Generator extension is another in-browser CSS editor to consider.

+ Font Playground: Preview a website with Google web fonts and retrieve the CSS codes; an alternative is Webfonts from TypeDNA. There are hundreds of font-focused extensions in Chrome worthy of a look but do check out Font Inspector (one of my personal favorites) which provides a quick way to find out what font is being used on any website.

+ User-Agent Switcher: Change the user-agent to spoof other devices or browsers; very useful when conducing some preliminary testing of websites and web-based applications. Another useful extension to switch between user-agents on the fly is this UA switcher for Chrome.


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