2011 saw Firefox race ahead with a new version with lots of improvements — speed being chief among them — and lots more features and add-ons to fully customise your web browsing. here are our most popular Firefox extensions and posts from the past year.
You’ve probably heard a lot about Firefox 4’s new interface, speed, and feature improvements, but many of you have already left it for Chrome. Here’s why Firefox’s newest version is worth another look, even if you’re a diehard Chrome user. More »
Firefox 4 has a lot going for it, but many of you (and us) mentioned that its UI has a few quirks that are a little annoying. Here’s how to fix some of the worst offenders. More »
Mozilla’s user experience team is doing their nit-pick-y work on Firefox 5 in public — yes, before Firefox 4 is actually shipped. Check out what they’re thinking of changing up, including webapp improvements, session restore, menu fixing, and other small but nice improvements. More »
We use a lot of great webapps, but it takes a few clicks to perform even a simple task, like adding an event to your calendar. Here’s how to collapse those step-by-step clicks into single commands for nearly any web application. More »
Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer: If you’re loving Google+ but finding it to be virtual ghost town while your friends slowly trickle in, the Google+Facebook browser extension incorporates your Facebook feed to your Google+ stream. More »
What’s so bad about ad tracking on the web, a.k.a. behavioural targeting? Nothing, if you don’t mind being a living stereotype. No, seriously — that’s what much of the fuss over “Do Not Track” browser options and opt-out options is about. More »
We’ve always known that installing a lot of add-ons can slow down your browser, but Mozilla’s now telling us just how much. Here’s a look at, generally, how much an add-on will slow you down, and some of the worst offenders. More »
If your browser’s default start page is feeling a little ugly and boring, DeviantART user flatmo1 has created a great-looking start page inspired by Windows 8’s tiled interface, ready to get you to your favourite sites with just a click. More »
Windows/Mac/Linux: Mozilla today launched Aurora, a semi-stable dev build of Firefox that represents Mozilla’s move toward a new, rapid-release cycle aimed at “giv[ing] users more opportunities to participate in building Firefox.” More »
Now that Firefox is on a rapid release cycle, we’re getting a new version of Firefox every three months-and each time, it becomes more tricked out than ever with new customisation options, shortcuts, and convenient features hidden away in its menus. More »
Firefox 4 (and betas) only: Most browsers offer a “Fullscreen Mode,” but still rely on the same address bar, tabs, and other mechanisms to get you around. More »
Firefox: AdBlock Video is a simple Firefox extension that’ll play your videos commercial-free. More »
Android: If you don’t want to use Google Voice to manage your SMS messages on the desktop, DeskSMS will let you manage them from Gmail, GTalk, a speedy web interface, and even a Chrome extension — no number porting required. More »
Firefox 4 on Windows: One of the longest-running complaints among the anti-Firefox crowd is that it’s slow. One Mozilla developer has set out to fix part of this problem by making Firefox start up twice as fast in Windows with a simple add-on. More »
Firefox has a lot going for it, but its interface feels a little dated next to sleek browsers like Chrome. Here’s how to make Firefox look and feel more like Google Chrome without giving up your favourite aspects of Firefox. More »
Dear Lifehacker, I’m a big Chrome user and saw that there’s yet another “channel” (Canary) out for us Mac users to try. I’ve always been a little bit unsure about which one of these I should be running. More »
If you’re sick of manually opening links in private browsing mode, Firefox and Chrome extensions will get you in with some quick shortcuts. More »
And there you have it. It was a big year for Firefox, what with the release of a big new version, multiple chanenels, a rapid release system, and tons more great extensions that make your life easier. If you have a favourite Firefox extension or how-to that didn’t make the list, share it with us in the comments below. And, for more Firefox goodness, check out our best Firefox posts of 2010 and 2009, too.
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