Here is a list of the top Google Chrome Extensions for 2020 as used by web designers, developers, and writers. They will increase your productivity while improving your communications.
Use these Google Chrome extensions knowing that they are proven, safe, and without question some of the most trusted extensions currently used.
AdBlock, a popular Google Chrome extension with over 40 million users, blocks and removes ads from pages all over the web, increasing page speed while doing web research and parsing usable content. Designers use AdBlock to improve productivity without the intrusion of advertisements.
2. Grammarly for Chrome
Grammarly for Chrome is trusted by millions of users with its Contextual Spelling Checker, and Grammar Checker to make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful.
Adding Grammarly as a Google Chrome extension means that spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and can detect plagiarism nearly everywhere else you write on the Web.
The FireShot Google Chrome extension takes full Web page screenshots. You can capture, edit, and save the screenshots to PDF/JPEG/GIF/PNG files, or upload, print, and send an entire page, the visible part of page, or the highlighted part of a page quickly and easily to OneNote, clipboard, or email. The built-in editor allows you to resize, crop, highlight, blur or erase desired elements in just a few clicks.
MozBar allows you to review instant metrics while viewing any page or SERP. You can create custom searches by search engine, country, region, or city. Review the authority of any site, page, or domain name. Easily access and compare link metrics across pages while viewing any SERP (search engine results page). Simplifies finding and highlight keywords on a page and differentiate links by type: Follow, No-Follow, External, or Internal. Reveals page elements, general attributes, markup, and HTTP status to export your page SERP analysis details to a CSV file for detail analysis.
Multi-highlight allows searching and color-coded highlighting of unlimited multiple English words on web pages and search results; great for researching topics and subject matter instead of the single word or phrase one-at-a-time search using the Control + F method.
Wappalyzer is a cross-platform Google Chrome extension and utility that quickly uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, e-commerce platforms, web frameworks, server software, analytics tools and much more. Wappalyzer saves designers and developers hours of time by pinpointing what design platforms and apps were used in a website, expediting the tasks for altering and correcting website functionality without guesswork.
7. Check My Links
Check My Links crawls through your web page and looks for broken links that lower page dominance and shows HTTP response codes. Keep your web pages working flawlessly with Check My Links and increase your page dominance in search results.
Final Thoughts: Top 7 Google Chrome Extensions
There you have it, a shortlist of Google Chrome Extensions for the toolbox. These extensions will help expedite your functions every day and improve your communications strategies.
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