nerd alert: chrome extensions

get your tools to work for you

as a web developer, i use practically every browser to ensure that my themes + sites are running smoothly, but my browser of choices is Chrome. yes, sometimes i feel like the google overlords will get me, but it make sense to use something that integrates so well with their other products that i use regularly.
most browsers have add-ons like Chrome, so this post is likely applicable to your favorite browser as well. but today i’m going to focus on the 8 extensions that i use daily when i’m in Chrome.

my favorite chrome extensions

toolkit: chrome extensions // tiny blue orange

{the row of icons pictured above are my extensions. they are explained from left to right.}

website blocker: this extension has kept my productivity up + my projects on task. i simply set what websites i want to block + when. {email, social media + a certain fashion website are my main time suck culprits.}
evernote web clipper: my business is documented entirely in evernote, so i use their web clipper to save important emails, articles i’m using for research, details for blog posts, etc. i love that you can select an entire article or just a few words, that makes it super handy.
1password: i previously explained how i use 1password to store all of my passwords + important information, so the chrome extension allows me to use all of that data with one or two clicks. i can search for specific accounts when i can’t remember what the website is or add my username + password to a sign in form with a single click.
statuscake: this extension pairs with the service that monitors all of my sites + my clients sites to make sure they are up + running.

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onetab: ever have a gazillion tabs open while doing research or brainstorming? by clicking this icon all of those tabs are saved into a list of links in a single tab for when you are ready to view them.
pin it button: a lot of sites have a built in pinterest button, but not all. so i use this icon to easily add a link, article or image to my pinterest boards.
hootsuite hootlet: clicking the owl icon gives me a way to quickly post the page i’m viewing to twitter or facebook. i can even schedule it to post in the future.
zapier: it shouldn’t be a secret that i love automation, which is why i use zapier to automatically tackle a few tasks for me every day. i use this extension to see my recent “zaps” + make sure things are running smoothly.
adblock plus: i don’t know many folks that like ads that disrupt your browsing. adblock plus does a great job of hiding a lot of the crap you don’t want to see.

using chrome extensions

to add any of these extensions to your version of chome, simply head to the chrome web store + click the “free” button on the extension you want. your browser will ask you to confirm + then it will install. you may need to log in or configure some settings, depending on the extension. but otherwise, it’s as easy as a couple clicks.
are you a fan of extensions {or add-ons} to your browser? share your favorite in the comments below.

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