9 Essential Firefox Add-ons for Easy Web Development

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If there is one reason web designers love using Firefox, it must be the huge variety of add-ons. Firefox is very flexible. There are thousands of add-ons available on Mozilla’s site and we can add them to our Firefox freely.

I design my own blog, and Firefox with its add-ons really helps me on doing it.

In this post, I’d like to share which add-ons I used to help me design my blog, their function, where to download them, how those add-ons helped me, and how they could help you too.

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How to Create a Beautiful Dropdown Blogroll Without JavaScript

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Dropdown menus are a great way of including a long list of links without cluttering up your page. The issue though is that they can be hard to style, but look quite ugly if you don’t. There isn’t a lot of flexibility with HTML’s <select> tags.

Well, why not do it with plain HTML instead?

In this post, I’m going to walk you through how I’ve set up the blogroll in our upcoming redesign. Load up the example page to see how our final product will look.

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How to Make a Killer Screencast for Your Blog

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From Michael: Corey used to run Blog by Design, a site which made great screencast reviews of blog designs (Including Pro Blog Design!). I’ve asked her to step in and share how she makes her videos.

First, let me explain a little about my setup. Even if the videos seemed “extremely professional,” the equipment was actually extremely lowtech. Here’s a look at the gear I used to create Blog by Design videos:

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Use WordPress as a PHP Framework for Your Static HTML Pages

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Wordpress is a great solution for creating blog, but that isn’t all it can do. The incredible power and simplicity of this platform allows you to create personal web pages or entire web sites in minutes, using all the functions of this environment with minimal effort.

With Wordpress, you can develop an entire professional web site (with or without a blog) even though you know just a little bit of HTML! Read on to see how.

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5 Ways to Promote Your Blog with Print (And 100,000 Biz Cards Giveaway!)

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We talk a lot about designing on the web here (obviously!), but rarely mention designing for printed materials.

As bloggers, the majority of our promotion is online. Our readers are online of course, so that makes sense, but it’s also because online is what we know.

We know how to use Twitter, we know which Facebook groups to join, which forums are active, and what blogs to guest post on. That form of marketing is second nature to us, but print is a whole different world.

Would you be surprised to know that it can cost less than $70 to print off 1000 flyers though? And who here would say no to 1000 new readers?

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Pro Blog Design on Facebook – Get Free Feedback on Your Blog Design!

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The title sums it up really, we are finally on Facebook. But we aren’t just setting up another automated page that does nothing more than pull in updates from the site. No, we want to give you a reason to join us on Facebook.

Intrigued? You might want to just go ahead and join in with us now then. Otherwise, read on to hear what we have in store.

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40 Free Premium-Quality WordPress Themes

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In my opinion, one of the best ways to learn about wordpress theme development is to take one of the many clean and nicely layed out free themes and start customizing them yourself.

With this hands on approach with a working model, you have the ability to see for yourself what is happening to the theme with each of the changes that you make. The guesswork becomes less guessy when you have an established functionable framework to start with, and then the tweaking teaching takes you through each step of the personalization process.

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