Beste Opera extensies 2022 – de beste add-ons voor je browser

Opera is ontwikkeld door Opera Software AS, een bekend bedrijf uit Noorwegen. U kunt deze webbrowser downloaden voor Windows-, Mac- en Linux-systemen. Wat de meerderheid van de gebruikers het leukst vindt, is dat de Opera-browser extreem snel werkt. Nooit meer langzaam surfen! Gebruikers houden ook van het strakke uiterlijk ervan. Door enkele geweldige extensies toe te voegen, kunt u Opera echter nog beter en efficiënter laten werken. Het zal uw browserervaring leuker maken!

Een ander voordeel van Opera is dat het is ontwikkeld met een aantal goede ingebouwde functies en add-ons, bijvoorbeeld ad-blocker. In de extensiewinkel van Opera hebt u toegang tot veel extra functies om uw browse-ervaring te personaliseren. Opera is de meest productieve browser met een enorme hoeveelheid extensies die de prestaties van de browser zullen verbeteren. Opera-browser is een lichtgewicht programma, wat betekent dat het weinig geheugen van uw systeem gebruikt.

Afhankelijk van uw browse-activiteit kan de ene extensie nuttiger zijn dan de andere. Als u bijvoorbeeld de meeste tijd aan het surfen bent vanwege onderzoek of zakelijke behoeften, is Evernote Web Clipper een zeer goede keuze. Microsoft Translator kan ook een goede keuze zijn, vooral wanneer u artikelen op websites in verschillende talen leest. Als je voornamelijk voor de lol op internet surft, kun je de Emoji-toetsenbordextensie installeren om Emoji’s direct te gebruiken.

Dus, van alle beschikbare extensies, welke zijn uitstekend en essentieel voor Opera? Hier zullen we er een paar bespreken, en ze zijn allemaal gratis. Omdat Opera al met ad-blockers komt, zullen we dit soort extensies niet in de lijst bespreken.

Je favoriete Opera-extensies

TreeClicks

Wat dacht u van een gratis extensie die bomen plant terwijl u uw favoriete producten online bestelt? TreeClicks is een extensie die u in slechts één minuut installeert en bomen plant terwijl u winkelt in meer dan 10.000 populaire online winkels. En raad eens? De winkelprijs blijft hetzelfde, dus door de extensie te installeren help je het milieu gratis! TreeClicks verdient door u als klant binnen te halen en het grootste deel van de opbrengst wordt gebruikt voor het planten van bomen. Op dit moment zijn ze bomen aan het planten in India.

Als je een frequente koper bent van webshops als Amazon, ASOS, Ikea en Adidas, zou je kunnen overwegen om de TreeClicks-extensie toe te voegen om iets terug te doen voor onze planeet.

Het planten van bomen helpt de opwarming van de aarde te beperken, omdat bomen de aarde juist kunnen koelen. Het beste zou natuurlijk zijn om het algemene verbruik te verminderen om het milieu te sparen. Maar dit is niet altijd mogelijk, soms heb je echt iets nodig van een online shop, niet per se kleding of accessoires. In dergelijke gevallen kan het een goede keuze zijn om TreeClicks te gebruiken terwijl u uw producten online koopt, zodat het bedrijf meer bomen kan planten.

Stel je voor dat ieder van ons TreeClicks zou gebruiken , en dat we onze kostbare aarde meer zuurstof zouden kunnen geven, misschien zouden we dan op een betere plek met meer leven leven!

Installeer de TreeClicks-add-on voor Opera >>

TreeClicks Opera-extensie / add-on
De TreeClicks- extensie / add-on ingeschakeld voor Opera

Evernote Web Clipper

Deze extensie is ideaal voor mensen met een schrijvende baan, zoals journalisten, (content)schrijvers en onderzoekers. Evernote Web Clipper helpt u bij het organiseren van uw webpagina’s door ze te knippen. Ben jij dat type persoon dat eindeloos veel tabbladen open heeft staan ​​en volledig uit het oog verliest wat je aan het doen bent? Dan is deze extensie wellicht een goede keuze! Met deze extensie kun je niet alleen webpagina’s knippen, je kunt ook hoogtepunten en schermafbeeldingen knippen en alles op één plek in je account bewaren. Je slaat het op in een soort cloud, waardoor je overal en altijd toegang hebt tot de informatie: vanaf je telefoon thuis, vanaf je tablet onderweg of vanaf je computer op het werk. Kortom, u kunt deze extensie beschouwen als het modernste notitieblok.

Ook als je iets interessants online ziet, kun je het snel en gemakkelijk delen door deze extensie te gebruiken. Evernote Web Clipper is een aanbevolen extensie voor mensen die vaak op internet surfen.

Bovendien kunt u herinneringen maken voor notities die u hebt geknipt. Op het moment dat u zoekt naar iets dat u eerder hebt opgeslagen, zal de extensie uw opgeslagen clips voorstellen.

Stel je voor dat je in de trein zit en er komen uitstekende ideeën in je op. Met Evernote Web Clipper kunt u uw ideeën op een snelle en gemakkelijke manier vanaf uw telefoon opslaan.     

Installeer de Evernote Web Clipper-extensie voor Opera >>      

Google Vertalen

Wat we meestal zien, is dat terwijl mensen online naar informatie zoeken, ze altijd een tabblad open hebben staan ​​met een vertaalwebsite. Dit is meestal het geval als u met verschillende talen werkt, of als u artikelen moet schrijven in een andere taal dan uw voorkeurstaal.

Maar het knippen en plakken van stukjes tekst in Google Translate online kan een beetje tijdrovend zijn. Daarom biedt Opera de Google Translate -extensie aan. Dit betekent dat u niet meer heen en weer hoeft te gaan van uw Word-document naar de browser. Om iets in een andere taal vertaald te krijgen, markeer je gewoon de tekst die je nodig hebt, of vertaal je een hele webpagina. U kunt zich voorstellen dat dit u veel tijd kan besparen, vooral wanneer uw beroep te maken heeft met schrijven en/of vertalen.

Teksten vertalen wordt heel handig met de Google Translate-extensie. Na het installeren van de extensie zal het detecteren wanneer een pagina niet in uw hoofdtaal is. De extensie nodigt u uit om de webpagina te vertalen. Als u akkoord gaat, wordt de pagina vernieuwd met de vertaalde informatie.

Download Google Translate voor de Opera-browser

Lastpass

Lastpass is gemaakt om u te helpen inloggen op uw favoriete websites zonder uw gegevens in te vullen. Kortom, u maakt slechts één wachtwoord, uw Lastpass-wachtwoord, om toegang te krijgen tot meerdere websites. De extensie onthoudt uw wachtwoorden, gebruikersnamen en andere informatie. Het voordeel van deze extensie is dat deze uw gegevens op uw telefoon en computer kan synchroniseren.

Lastpass is een krachtige wachtwoordmanager. Na het downloaden van de extensie moet je een account aanmaken. Vervolgens moet u een zeer sterk wachtwoord maken. Helemaal klaar? Klik op ‘ontgrendel mijn kluis’. De extensie is de plaats waar u de websites beheert die u vaak bezoekt.

In Lastpass kunt u website-informatie opslaan, zoals uw gebruikersnaam en wachtwoord. Wanneer u deze website opnieuw bezoekt, verschijnt er een embleem van Lastpass in het inlogveld. Wanneer u erop klikt, kunt u uw referentie selecteren en Lastpass vult de ontbrekende informatie aan.

Installeer Lastpass voor Opera

Boemerang voor Gmail

Boomerang voor Gmail is een handige extensie, vooral als je wilt weten of je e-mail is gelezen of als je een e-mail wilt plannen voor een toekomstige datum. Schrijf nu een e-mail en de extensie zal deze volgende week verzenden terwijl u offline bent en geniet van uw vakantie. De extensie is erg handig als u gewoonlijk communiceert met mensen in verschillende tijdzones. U kunt ook waarschuwingen maken wanneer u geen antwoord op uw e-mail hebt ontvangen. Verder is het met de extensie mogelijk om verjaardagsmails in te plannen. De extensie zorgt ervoor dat je de verjaardagen van je dierbare vrienden en familieleden niet meer vergeet!

De Boomerang-extensie kan je helpen om je inbox schoon en georganiseerd te houden. U kunt bijvoorbeeld inkomende e-mails uitstellen. Ze verdwijnen uit je inbox en worden in een andere map geplaatst. Vervolgens worden de e-mails op een bepaald tijdstip terug in uw inbox gebracht.

De basisversie van de extensie is gratis, maar als je de extensie naar een hoger niveau wilt tillen kan je kiezen voor de Personal, Pro of Premium versies. Een nadeel van de basisversie is dat deze een limiet heeft van tien berichttegoeden per maand. Als u geïnteresseerd bent in het installeren van een van de betaalde versies, bedragen de kosten $ 4,99 per maand voor de persoonlijke versie (inclusief onbeperkte berichttegoeden), $ 14,99 per maand voor de Pro-versie (inclusief slimme respons en terugkerende berichten) en $ 49,99 per maand maand voor de Premium-versie (inclusief een ‘boemerang’ van elk bericht).

Installeer Boomerang voor Gmail-add-on >>

Emoji-toetsenbord

Gebruik je graag Emoji’s tijdens het schrijven van berichten? Dan is deze extensie misschien iets voor jou! Met de Emoji Keyboard -extensie kun je je favoriete emoji’s gebruiken tijdens het surfen op het web. Het gebruik van Emoji’s is een leuke manier om met je vrienden te communiceren, zonder een taalbarrière op te lopen. Je kunt Emoji’s gebruiken op sociale media, e-mails, chats en documenten. Het maakt het soms makkelijker om jezelf uit te drukken.

Deze extensie maakt het mogelijk om Emoji’s te gebruiken terwijl je door je favoriete websites bladert, zoals Facebook, Instagram, Twitter en meer. Dit werkt heel eenvoudig: klik gewoon op een Emoji in het paneel en deze wordt automatisch ingevoegd in de website die u gebruikt.

Als je de muisaanwijzer op Emoji’s houdt, kun je hun betekenis zien, en je kunt ook de huidskleur van de Emoji’s kiezen voordat je ze verzendt. Een goede zaak van deze extensie is dat deze volledig gratis en zonder advertenties is. Wat een probleem kan zijn, is dat de extensie erg groot is, dus het kan even duren om te downloaden. Bovendien kan uw browser hierdoor wat langzamer werken.

Installeer Emoji-toetsenbordextensie voor Opera >>

Amazon voor Opera-extensie

Veel mensen gebruiken tegenwoordig Amazon. Amazon heeft heel veel verschillende producten, waaronder speelgoed voor kinderen, kleding, sportkleding en gadgets. Het heeft letterlijk alles! Met de Amazon for Opera -extensie kun je Amazon’s deals van de dag ontdekken en kun je prijzen van verschillende producten vergelijken. Dit bespaart u niet alleen geld, het bespaart u ook wat kostbare tijd.

De extensie wordt geleverd met een universele verlanglijst, zodat je producten van verschillende websites kunt opslaan (niet alleen Amazon!). Dit maakt het vergelijken van producten op verschillende websites nog eenvoudiger.

De extensie reageert wanneer je op andere webshops surft. Als Amazon het product dat u zoekt op voorraad heeft, geeft de extensie een bordje met de prijs van het product door Amazon. Het zorgt ervoor dat u elk product voor de laagst mogelijke prijs koopt!

Als u een frequente shopper van Amazon bent, is dit een onmisbare extensie.

Installeer Amazon voor Opera >>

Doe de lichten uit

Als je graag online video’s bekijkt en dat in je Opera-webbrowser wilt doen, dan kan deze extensie een zeer goede keuze zijn. De Turn Off the Lights -extensie kan worden gebruikt op verschillende websites voor videostreaming, zoals YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe en Dailymotion. U kunt zich nog steeds afvragen wat deze extensie voor u doet. Met slechts één klik concentreert het zich op het afspelen van de video en vervaagt de rest van de website.

Maar de extensie kan meer doen dan uw browser donkerder maken. Zo kunnen YouTube-video’s bijvoorbeeld automatisch worden bekeken in de theatermodus. Dit betekent dat de video’s het grootste deel van je scherm zullen vullen. Bovendien staat de extensie ook een omgevingsverlichtingsmodus voor uw browser toe. Wanneer u op ‘Visuele effecten’ klikt, moet u vervolgens ‘Toon u het sfeerverlichtingseffect van de huidige afgespeelde video’ selecteren. Bovendien kun je ervoor kiezen om ‘de kleur uit de video te extraheren’.

Als je het idee van ‘Turn Off the Lights’ leuk vindt, geeft de extensie je de mogelijkheid om elke website in een pseudo-nachtmodus te zien. De extensie heeft veel meer te bieden, dus als je nieuwsgierig bent, ontdek dan meer door de extensie te installeren.

Installeer Schakel de lichten uit voor Opera Extension >>

Samenvatting: de beste Opera Browser-add-ons

Dus, om samen te vatten. Naar onze mening zijn de beste Opera-extensies:

  1. TreeClicks
  2. Evernote Web Clipper
  3. Google Vertalen
  4. Lastpass
  5. Boemerang voor Gmail
  6. Emoji-toetsenbord
  7. Amazon voor Opera
  8. Doe de lichten uit

Opera-extensies Conclusie

In dit artikel hebben we enkele bekende en populaire Opera-extensies besproken. Afhankelijk van uw browse-activiteiten kunnen sommige extensies leuker of nuttiger zijn dan andere. Maar we vinden dat iedereen één extensie moet gebruiken, en dat is de eerste die we bespraken: TreeClicks. Waarom niet gratis bijdragen aan een betere wereld terwijl u uw favoriete producten winkelt? Naast deze extensie kan het handig zijn om de Google Translate-extensie, Lastpass of misschien het Emoji-toetsenbord te installeren. Al deze extensies hebben geweldige functies die uw browse-ervaring naar een heel ander niveau zullen tillen.

Trouwens, de meeste Opera-extensies staan ​​ook in de Chrome Webstore.

15 Best Safari iOS Extensions for iPhone and iPad

In 2021, Apple made it possible to install Safari iOS extensions on iPhones and iPads. Using the latest coding technology, they are designed to be super-fast and make browsing easier than ever. You just need to install iOS 15 or higher on your iOS device.

Here’s our pick of the 15 best iPhone and iPad browser extensions.

1. TreeClicks – Shop & Plant Free Trees

Plant trees for free with the TreeClicks Safari iOS extension

By TreeClicks. Free.

We all want to do our bit for the environment – and this extension makes online shopping more sustainable. Although, it’s noteworthy, that it is best to shop as little as possible to have the lowest impact. Every time you buy something online from one of TreeClicks’ 40,000+ business partners, they will receive a fee from your purchase, with no extra cost for you.

TreeClicks then uses this money to plant trees, making the world greener and tackling climate change.

Arrow right for installing the TreeClicks Safari Extension for iOS: iPhone and iPad

Install the TreeClicks Safari Extension for iOS

2. Grammarly – Keyboard & Editor

By Grammarly. Free with in-app purchases.

Grammarly is also available for iPhone and iPad as an iOS Safari Web Extension

If you’re the kind of person that worries about your tone when writing letters, or job applications, or any kind of correspondence – this is the extension for you. 

Grammarly checks your writing and picks up on any spelling or grammatical errors. It even suggests better ways of wording a sentence!

Install the Grammarly iOS Safari Extension for iPhone

Install the Grammarly for iOS Safari Extension

3. Trend Micro Check for Safari

by Trend Micro Inc. Free.

Scammers are getting better and better every day – and it’s making it harder and harder to identify which website are legit and which ones aren’t.

This scam checker extension protects you by flagging up any fake bank, online shopping or phishing website when you click on it. It also senses any computer viruses or malware, so you always know who you can trust.

Micro Check for iOS and Safari

Install Micro Check for iOS and Safari

4. Super Agent for Safari

by Super Agent Inc. Free.

Similar to an ad blocker, this extension is a more powerful cookie blocker. You can set your preferences and Super Agent will automatically fill in consent forms based on your preferences.

It hides those annoying ‘allow cookies’ prompts and stops websites from collecting any of your data so you can browse safely.

Super Agent for Safari for iOS

Install Super Agent for Safari

5. AdBlock Pro for Safari

by Crypto Inc. Free with in-app purchases.

We’ve all got ad blockers on our laptops to stop the pop-ups, so why not include it on our phones? With this extension, your Safari browser will block banners, auto-play videos, fake buttons, redirects, and adult content.

Install Adblock Pro as iOS Safari Extension arrow

Install Adblock Pro as iOS Safari Extension

6. Language Translator by Mate

By Twopeople Software. Free with in-app purchases.

Reading about the features of Mate makes you wonder why it’s taken this long. It’s an incredibly powerful tool that translates any text on your phone – send messages that are automatically translated into another language, browse webpages immediately translated into your language, and record speech to make it easy for you to understand. 

Better still, it works offline so you can use it to solve those tricky translation issues on holiday!

Language Translate Safari Extension for iOS

Install Language Translator as an iOS Safari Extension

7. 1Password – Password Manager

by AgileBits Inc. Free with in-app purchases.

We’ve all been there – trying to sign-in to an account on your phone and having absolutely no idea which of the 10 password variations you used.

This handy extension saves all your passwords so that your phone will remember them whenever you need to sign in. 

1Password Safari Extension for iOS

Install 1Password Password Manager for iOS

8. Shopping List and Recipes

by Bring! Free with in-app purchases.

Planning grocery shopping can be a nightmare – especially in a big household. But with this extension, you can streamline that process. 

The technology lets you share lists with your friends and family, create different lists for different stores, and save loyalty cards so that you always have them at the checkout. It also gives you great recipes, so you’re never lost for ideas when walking through the aisles.

Shopping List and Recipes Safari Extension for iOS

Install Shopping List and Recipes iOS App and Safari Extension

9. Rerouter – Open links in Maps

by Shawn Davis. Free with in-app purchases.

For those of us that use Apple maps, it can be really annoying when opening links to be automatically sent to the Google maps website. 

This useful extension automatically reroutes all Google maps links to the Apple maps app – saving time and a lot of frustration! It also contains (according to the developer) no trackers or loggers, so nobody is keeping track of where you’re going.

Rerouter Safari Extension for iOS

Install Rerouter for iOS and Safari

10. PIP for Safari

By iHealth App. Free with in-app purchases.

As masters of multi-tasking, we’re constantly trying to do two things at once. With this picture-in-picture video extension, any video you watch online can be viewed in PIP mode, so you can carry on with important work without having to flick between screens.

The best feature of this extension is that the video window can be moved anywhere on your screen – so it never gets in the way!

PIP Safari Add-on for iOS

Install PIP for iOS and Safari

11. Highlighter for Safari

by Denk Alexandru, £4.49

When researching online, scrolling through pages and pages of text makes it easy to lose track and forget information.

This innovative tool increases your productivity by letting you highlight text, add notes, or annotate directly onto your Safari browser. Also, your edits are permanently saved without needing to log in so you can return to your research at any time.

Highlighter for iOS

Install Highlighter for iOS and Safari

12. Safari Snippets

by ydangle. Free.

Encountering a badly developed user interface is infuriating – but with Safari Snippets, you can inject pieces of code into a website to make it more user friendly. 

This includes things like adding an auto scroller, adding sticky notes so you can jot down thoughts, controlling the zoom, and changing fonts.

Safari Snippets Plugin for iOS

Install Safari Snippets for iOS and Safari

13. QR Maker for Safari

by Shi Xu. £1.79

Making QR codes using a third-party website can be time-consuming – copying the link, switching to another tab, and waiting for the conversion gets very frustrating.

With this extension, you can create a QR of the URL you are on with one simple click on the Safari browser and save it automatically to your camera roll. 

QR Maker Safari Extension for iOS

Install QR Maker for iOS and Safari

14. ReadToMe Lite

by BorG Technology Group. Free, with in-app purchases.

We all ingest information differently – some by reading, some by watching, and some by listening. If you’re a listener, multiple pages of text can be overwhelming, so this extension is here to help.

ReadToMe will read aloud any text on your screen, without internet connection, in over 30 different languages. It also has options to pause, skip, repeat text, and change speed.

Install the ReadToMe Lite Safari Extension for iOS

Install ReadToMe Lite for iOS and Safari

15. Noir – Dark Mode for Safari

by Jeffrey Kuiken. £2.49.

This extension automatically generates a custom dark style for each website you visit, so quickly that you won’t even notice it.

There’s plenty of free options available, but this version has many positive reviews.

Noir Safari Extension for iOS

Install Noir for iOS and Safari

What are the best iOS Safari Extensions?

To summarise, in our opinion the best iOS Safari Extensions are:

  1. TreeClicks Safari Extension for iOS
  2. Grammarly for iOS Safari Extension
  3. Micro Check for iOS and Safari
  4. Super Agent for Safari
  5. Adblock Pro iOS Safari Extension
  6. Language Translator iOS Safari Extension
  7. 1Password Password Manager for iOS
  8. Shopping List and Recipes iOS App and Safari Extension
  9. Rerouter for iOS and Safari
  10. PIP for iOS and Safari
  11. Highlighter for iOS and Safari
  12. Safari Snippets for iOS and Safari
  13. QR Maker for iOS and Safari
  14. ReadToMe Lite for iOS and Safari
  15. Noir for iOS and Safari

The prices of the apps could be different than mentioned. What is your favourite Safari iOS extension?

Tarsnap change key file with tarsnap-keyregen and tarsnap-recrypt

Want to change the tarsnap.key file?

Check out this manual: https://www.acunote.com/blog/2012/02/tarsnap-key-rotation-with-tarsnap-recrypt-and-tarsnap-keyregen.html

Especially this part of code is useful:

# create new key
tarsnap-keyregen --keyfile ~/tarsnap/keys/server.new.key \
                 --oldkey ~/tarsnap/keys/server.old.key \
                 --user me@example.com --machine server


# run recrypt.  This can take a long time (days), and final delete
# transaction will fail because of server cron jobs that will happen
# in the meantime
tarsnap-recrypt --oldkey ~/tarsnap/keys/server.old.key \
                --oldcachedir ~/tarsnap/cache/server.old \
                --newkey ~/tarsnap/keys/server.new.key \
                --newcachedir ~/tarsnap/cache/server.new

You can find the location of your tarsnap key file and cache folder with:

find / -name tarsnap.key
find / -name tarsnap-cache

Google Analytics Measurement Protocol Sales / Leads show (not set)

The reason why this happens is shown here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/38141269/google-analytics-e-commerce-with-measurement-protocol-not-set-landing-page .

Basically, this happens because when pushing a lead or sale via the Measurement Protocol and that happend 30+ minutes after the session. This happens because Google Analytics session has a default max 30 minutes duration.

Another reason could be due to inconsistent tracking codes.

Several solutions are written in this blog: https://www.idimension.com/2017/12/landing-page-not-set-why/

Sustainable web hosting and the providers creating a greener internet

The world relies on the internet. Every day, we access websites, stream boxsets, join video conferences and upload media. Do we ever ask how eco-friendly these actions are? Or whether sustainable web hosting options are being used?

For a long time, individuals and businesses haven’t really considered the environmental impact of being connected 24/7. It’s easy to pick up a smartphone, send a few emails, open a few websites and never think about the carbon cost.

However, as more data is created and stored, and as more people get online, it’s a problem we can’t afford to ignore any longer.

The environmental cost of the internet

The vast majority of the internet’s information is stored and processed in data centres. Running these data centres and keeping servers cool, currently accounts for 3% of global electricity usage and 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This is a similar carbon footprint to that of the aviation industry.

By 2025 those figures are predicted to rise. Only around half of the world’s population can currently access the internet. And our data needs are increasing quickly as technology advances.

In just a few years, experts predict that the data centre industry will be using around 20% of the world’s electricity and will be producing 3.2% of carbon emissions.

Faced with the realities of the climate crisis and a more green-minded market, internet companies are having to think more carefully about how and where they get their power. Sustainability is rising up the internet agenda.

What is sustainable web hosting?

Sustainable web hosting tries to reduce the environmental impact of the internet. You may also hear it called green web hosting or eco web hosting.

Through the use of green technologies, energy conservation and carbon offsetting, sustainable web hosting makes running a website more eco friendly.

There are some smart ideas around. Companies are using excess heat from data centres to heat local homes. They’re building data centres close to renewable energy sources and in countries with naturally cold climates. There are even experiments taking place to see if data centres can operate on the chilly ocean floor!

There’s still a long way to go but a number of internet companies have been making strides towards sustainability.

What’s more, for a customer’s point of view, opting for sustainable web hosting doesn’t mean accepting a lower level of service. Eco web hosting is often just as reliable as the alternatives. And, as renewable energy becomes more common, green web hosting is becoming cheaper too.  

So, if you’re based in the UK or US and you’re interested in moving to a greener web host, here are just a few of the sustainable web hosting providers available…

Sustainable web hosting providers

Sustainable web hosting providers in the UK

FAELIX

In 2016, FAELIX proudly reached their goal of powering all of their data centres with renewable energy. They use only wind, water and other green energy sources to power their business.

Go to Faelix.net >>

Eco Hosting

Eco Hosting use efficient free cooling techniques in their data centre (and were one of the first companies to do so). They also rely on 100% certified renewable energy. No offset schemes or carbon credits for these guys.

Go to Ecohosting.co.uk >>

Kualo

Kualo’s operations are only powered by renewable energy and their data centre is energy efficient. Currently carbon negative, the company also funds climate projects through a long-term partnership with Ecologi.

Go to https://www.kualo.co.uk/

The Positive Internet Company

The Positive Internet Company uses only green electricity from 100% renewable sources. Their data floor runs on a low energy cooling system. This is another carbon negative company who are going way beyond paying lip service to sustainability.

Go to https://www.positive-internet.com/

Krystal Hosting (UK)

Krystal Hosting use 100% renewable energy and have done so since 2017. They don’t rely on carbon offsets. The company also regularly donates to Trees for Life, a charity dedicated to rewilding the Scottish landscape.

Go to krystal.uk >>

Green Hosting (UK)

Powered by 100% UK-based wind power, Green Hosting have been around since 2006. They designed and built their data centre to be as energy efficient as possible. And the company’s green thinking extends to their office policies too. 

Go to green-hosting.co.uk >>

Sustainable web hosting providers in the US

GreenGeeks

GreenGeeks purchase wind energy credits to cover the carbon impact of their operations. They go further than necessary, paying for three times the amount of energy that they consume. They also use energy efficient hardware for their data centres.

Go to GreenGeeks >>

AISO

AISO has its very own solar panel farm, used to fully power its data centre in California. The company has also put lots of thought into the design of the data centre and has introduced energy-efficient green processors that have successfully cut energy usage in half.

Go to AISO

Web Neutral Project

These guys have a data centre and office powered by 100% on-site solar power, making it a completely carbon-free hosting solution. And one of the best sustainable web hosting options around.

Go to https://www.webneutralproject.com/

Sustainable cloud solutions and VPS solutions

So we’ve covered sustainable web hosting. What about the cloud? Can cloud and VPS solutions claim to be green?  

Cloud traffic is growing at an unstoppable rate. AI, video streaming and virtual reality are all driving a need for more and more data storage.

The “Big Three” cloud solutions – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – all have huge data centres of their own and dominate the cloud solutions market.  

The environmental impact of data centres

These companies have all committed to using 100% renewable energy in the future. But they are all still using fossil fuels. So how do these three cloud solutions rank on sustainability?

Firstly, it’s worth looking at a few commonly used environmental terms and their definitions.

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs): To offset energy created by burning fossil fuels, companies buy RECs from renewable power plants. If a company buys an REC to cover all of the energy it uses, it can say it runs on 100% renewable energy whilst still using fossil fuels.

Unbundled RECs are less valuable and beneficial to the environment than bundled RECs.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): More expensive than RECs, when a company signs a PPA, they’re helping to fund new renewable power projects. They then get access to the green energy produced by the project when it is up and running.

With those terms covered, it’s now time to take a look at how sustainable cloud solutions really area:

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS is the biggest cloud solution provider around. It is growing rapidly and it seems environmental projects within the company are struggling to keep pace.

Amazon has pledged to be achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040. But its lack of transparency and real progress led Greenpeace to rank it bottom out of the Big Three in its latest Green Internet analysis.  

As of 2018, Amazon only used 50% renewable energy (and this figure included RECs, some of them unbundled). It seems Amazon has a long way to go in order to reach the same level of sustainability as its main competitors.

Go to AWS >>

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft is aiming to totally eliminate the environmental impact of its data centres. The company has been carbon neutral since 2012.

When we include RECs, Microsoft has run on 100% renewable energy since 2014. However, not counting RECs, data centres currently run on 60% renewable energy.

By 2050, the organisation aims to remove all of the carbon it has created since founding in 1975.

Go to Microsoft Azure >>

Google Cloud

Google boasts that it is the cleanest cloud in the industry. The company has certainly made some good progress towards sustainability in recent years.

The company has offset all carbon emissions created since founding in 1998. They have offset 100% of electricity consumed with renewable energy purchases since 2017. These purchases include both PPAs and bundled RECs.

Google has also committed to operating on only green energy across all operations by 2030.

What’s more, the tech giant is using AI technology to manage renewable energy more effectively. For example, in predicting how much energy windfarms will produce over the next 36 hours.  

Go to Google Cloud >>

Is your web hosting green?

If you’d like to know whether your website is hosted green, it’s easier than you might think to find out.

Just visit The Green Web Foundation, enter a website of your choice, and you’ll find out how sustainably it’s hosted.

A green result means the website uses eco web hosting – the host is using green energy or carbon offsetting its services.

A grey result means the host still relies on fossil fuels and more work needs to be done to make this host a truly environmentally friendly option.  

To date, internet users have checked the green credentials of over half a billion websites! So why not join them and help to make the web a greener place?

Using Typesense as your search provider for Laravel Scout and Instantsearch.

Typesense is a great open-source alternative for Algolia. Given that Algolia has a pretty expensive pricing package, it could be worth having a look to Typesense.

On top of that, it has already some integrations with famous packages like Instantsearch.js and Laravel Scout.

It started recently, so it’s documentation still lacks some examples. That is why I have written this post:

Using Typesense for Laravel

What is great is that there is a Laravel Scout package available: https://github.com/devloopsnet/laravel-scout-typesense-engine

Fixing the first Typesense errors with Laravel:

Most likely, you will receive errors when you use the default settings as described in the Typesense Laravel Scout package:

{"message": "Document's `id` field should be a string."}

That is solvable by converting the id to a string in the Searchable Array:

/**
* Get the indexable data array for the model.
*
* @return array
*/
public function toSearchableArray()
{
   $array = $this->toArray();
   // Typesense specific
   if (config('scout.driver') == 'typesensesearch') {
      $array['id'] = (string)$array['id']; $array['created_at'] = (integer)\Carbon::parse($array['created_at'])->timestamp;
   }
   return $array;
}

Note that I also converted the created_at datetime value to a timestamp integer, so that Typesense could easy sort on the integer value of the date.

Adding the Instantsearch.js Typesense Adapter to Laravel

You can follow the steps as described by the Typesense Adapter instructions. Also don’t forget to npm install algoliasearch and instantsearch.js .

Inserting in Laravel Mix

You can insert the following code in the webpack.mix.js file for Laravel Mix:

mix.extract(['algoliasearch', 'instantsearch.js', 'typesense-instantsearch-adapter'])
   .js(['resources/js/app.js'], 'public/js');

In your resources/js/app.js also get the imports ready:

import instantsearch from "instantsearch.js";
window.instantsearch = instantsearch;

import { searchBox, hits, index } from "instantsearch.js/es/widgets";
window.searchBox = searchBox;
window.hits = hits;
window.index = index;

import { connectAutocomplete } from 'instantsearch.js/es/connectors';
window.connectAutocomplete = connectAutocomplete;

import TypesenseInstantSearchAdapter from "typesense-instantsearch-adapter";
window.TypesenseInstantSearchAdapter = TypesenseInstantSearchAdapter;

Note that I have also included index and connectAutocomplete which are required for the Autocomplete Widget. If you are not planning to use those, you can leave them out.

Run Laravel Mix with (also use npm install if Mix has never been initialized):

npm run dev

In your main layout blade file add the generated mix files:

<!-- Scripts -->
<script src="{{ mix('/js/manifest.js') }}"></script>
<script src="{{ mix('/js/vendor.js') }}"></script>
<script src="{{ mix('/js/app.js') }}"></script>

Then you can simply insert the hits and searchbox:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/instantsearch.css@7.4.5/themes/reset-min.css">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/instantsearch.css@7.4.5/themes/algolia-min.css">


<div id="hits"></div>
<div id="searchbox"></div>

<script>
const typesenseInstantsearchAdapter = new TypesenseInstantSearchAdapter({
  server: {
    apiKey: "{{ env('TYPESENSE_SEARCH_KEY') }}", // Be sure to use the search-only-api-key
    nodes: [
      {
        host: "{{ env('TYPESENSE_HOST') }}",
        port: "443",
        protocol: "https"
      }
    ]
  },
  // The following parameters are directly passed to Typesense's search API endpoint.
  //  So you can pass any parameters supported by the search endpoint below. 
  //  queryBy is required. 
  additionalSearchParameters: {
    queryBy: "name"
  }
});
const searchClient = typesenseInstantsearchAdapter.searchClient;

const search = instantsearch({
  searchClient,
  indexName: "products"
});

// Create the custom widget
const customAutocomplete = connectAutocomplete(
  renderAutocomplete
);

// Instantiate the custom widget
search.addWidgets([
  index({ searchClient, indexName: 'autolandings' }),

  customAutocomplete({
    container: document.querySelector('#autocomplete'),
  })
]);

search.start();
</script>

I’ve added the CSS theming of instantsearch.js to give it some basic styling. This one does not seem to work for Autocomplete yet. You have to fully style this one yourself (as far as I know).

How to use Instantsearch.js Autocomplete with Typesense

Typesense wrote an adapter that works with Instantsearch.js for Algolia. It has some basic examples to use the hits and searchBox component.

In some cases you would like to extend this functionality. For example, if you would like to use the Instantsearch.js autocomplete functionality you have to write additional code. To make a basic autocomplete functionality with multiple indices you can use this code:

Using multiple indices and Autocomplete for Instantsearch.js

In this example I have copied the code from Algolia’s Instantsearch.js Autocomplete website and integrated the Typesense adapter:

<div id="autocomplete"></div>

<script>
const typesenseInstantsearchAdapter = new TypesenseInstantSearchAdapter({
  server: {
    apiKey: "{{ env('TYPESENSE_SEARCH_KEY') }}", // Be sure to use the search-only-api-key
    nodes: [
      {
        host: "{{ env('TYPESENSE_HOST') }}",
        port: "443",
        protocol: "https"
      }
    ]
  },
  // The following parameters are directly passed to Typesense's search API endpoint.
  //  So you can pass any parameters supported by the search endpoint below. 
  //  queryBy is required. 
  additionalSearchParameters: {
    queryBy: "name"
  }
});
const searchClient = typesenseInstantsearchAdapter.searchClient;

const search = instantsearch({
  searchClient,
  indexName: "products"
});

// Helper for the render function
const renderIndexListItem = ({ indexId, hits }) => `
  <li>
    Index: ${indexId}
    <ol>
      ${hits
        .map(
          (hit, hitIndex) =>
            `
              <li>
                <p>${instantsearch.highlight({ attribute: 'name', hit })}</p>
                <button
                  type="button"
                  class="btn-add-to-cart"
                  data-index-id="${indexId}"
                  data-hit-index="${hitIndex}"
                >
                  Add to Cart
                </button>
              </li>
            `
        )
        .join('')}
    </ol>
  </li>
`;

// Create the render function
const renderAutocomplete = (renderOptions, isFirstRender) => {
  const { indices, currentRefinement, refine, widgetParams } = renderOptions;

  if (isFirstRender) {
    const input = document.createElement('input');
    const ul = document.createElement('ul');

    input.addEventListener('input', event => {
      refine(event.currentTarget.value);
    });

    widgetParams.container.appendChild(input);
    widgetParams.container.appendChild(ul);

    ul.addEventListener('click', (event) => {
      if (event.target.className === 'btn-add-to-cart') {
        const indexId = event.target.getAttribute('data-index-id');
        const hitIndex = event.target.getAttribute('data-hit-index');
        const index = indices.find(index => index.indexId === indexId);
        const hit = index.hits[hitIndex];

        index.sendEvent('conversion', hit, 'Product Added');
      }
    });
  }

  widgetParams.container.querySelector('input').value = currentRefinement;
  widgetParams.container.querySelector('ul').innerHTML = indices
    .map(renderIndexListItem)
    .join('');
};

// Create the custom widget
const customAutocomplete = connectAutocomplete(
  renderAutocomplete
);

// Instantiate the custom widget
search.addWidgets([
  index({ searchClient, indexName: 'landings' }),

  customAutocomplete({
    container: document.querySelector('#autocomplete'),
  })
]);

search.start();
</script>

Don’t forget to fill out the TYPESENSE_SEARCH_KEY and the TYPESENSE_HOST in your environment variables. And replace the first index products with your desired index. Replace ‘landings’ with your desired second index. You can add any more indices by adding:

index({ searchClient, indexName: 'anotherIndex' }),

to the search.AddWidgets part.

Mind that we also need to import the autocomplete connector and the index component widget via Laravel Mix.

Setting up CircleCI Continuous Integration with Laravel – Then deploy Forge or Fortrabbit

Including Continuous Integration is great, but there are many providers to choose from. CircleCI has a pretty decent free plan, but using it for your Laravel app might be a bit confusing.

Instructions for deploying Laravel 5.5 with Circle CI:

This site has a nice boilerplate script:

https://medium.com/@wesmahler/circleci-2-0-configuration-for-laravel-5-5-with-laravel-dusk-ab1cc9b9d4a7

But if you found a better script, let us know in the comments.

Make sure you have specified the testing environment variables in your .env.testing and phpunit.xml if you are using PHPUnit.

Getting a Mysql Root error?

Since March 2021, we sometimes got this error:

[ERROR] [Entrypoint]: MYSQL_USER="root", MYSQL_PASSWORD cannot be used for the root user
    Use one of the following to control the root user password:
    - MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD
    - MYSQL_ALLOW_EMPTY_PASSWORD
    - MYSQL_RANDOM_ROOT_PASSWORD

We solved it by changing the MYSQL_USER to another name than ‘root’.

Deploying on Laravel Forge via CI

After that call this forge-deploy.sh script in your final step in config.yml:

  - run:
     name: Run deploy script
     command: sudo chmod +x ./deploy.sh; sudo ./deploy.sh

Then create a deploy.sh script in your app and include the Laravel Forge / Envoyer deployment trigger URL (can be found in your app’s dashboard in Laravel Forge / Envoyer):

#!/bin/bash
# Trigger deployment
# Replace the url below with your envoyer/forge url
# APPLICATION1
curl -s 'https://forge.laravel.com/servers/123456...';

# APPLICATION2 - if you have multiple applications that needs to be deployed and triggered
curl -s 'https://forge.laravel.com/servers/12345678...';

echo 'Deployment triggered!'

After this, you can push to Github or Bitbucket and see if the build succeeds and deploys to Laravel Forge / Envoyer. Make sure you disable auto-deploy, as you only would like to deploy to Laravel Forge / Envoyer after a successful CI build.

Deploy on Fortrabbit with CircleCI

Rather want to deploy on Fortrabbit instead of Laravel Forge after a successful CircleCI build?

Read more about using CI with Fortrabbit here.

To setup the deployment to Fortrabbit from CircleCI follow this procedure:

  1. Run this script on a terminal client: ssh-keygen -m PEM -t rsa -C “your_email@example.com”
  2. Copy the private key to CircleCI
  3. Go to the project -> SSH Keys -> Additional SSH Keys Enter hostname: deploy.XYZ.frbit.com (replace XYX with your Fortrabbit server location)
  4. Add the public key in the Fortrabbit Dashboard’s public SSH key manager
  5. Add the fingerprint that you see in the CircleCI dashboard to the config.yml file:
  6. NOTE: adding a SSH key to a third party service always carries out risks, be aware of them and if it’s too risky, don’t take these steps.
version: 2
jobs:
  deploy-job:
    steps:
      - add_ssh_keys:
          fingerprints:
            - "SO:ME:FIN:G:ER:PR:IN:T"

Try to push the updated files to Github or Bitbucket.

See whether this build succeeds. If not, fix the issues until it works.

Add this code to the circleci/config.yml script after the testing steps:

      - run:
         name: Add FRBIT remote
         command: git remote add frbit YOURFRBITGITURL

      - run:
         name: Add FRBIT remote fingerprint to known hosts
         command: ssh-keyscan deploy.XYZ.frbit.com >> ~/.ssh/known_hosts

      - run:
         name: Deploy to FRBIT
         command: git push frbit

Don’t forget to replace the variables YOURFRBITGITURL and XYZ.

Using these scripts and instructions is on your own risk of course.

Got any suggestions for a better workflow? Let us know!

Best Microsoft Edge extensions 2022 – Must-have browser add ons

Microsoft Edge has been growing rapidly. It is fast and simple, and it comes with many useful features like PDF and Slash. Microsoft Edge also offers a few extensions. The amount of extensions are growing and some Edge extensions are really nice!

Extensions can be described as small software programs, or apps, that integrate with Microsoft Edge. The extensions can help to make internet a safer place, and to make surfing easier and more effective in general. Extensions can be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft Store. Each extension is different in terms of function and utility. By adding extensions, you can customize your surfing experience and you can extend the features of the Microsoft Edge browser.

What are the best extensions to use with Microsoft Edge? We will discuss some popular options in detail.

The best Microsoft Edge extensions

TreeClicks

In case you are concerned about the environment you are living in (as you should!), you can opt for a ‘green’ extension. TreeClicks is an extension that plants trees for people who shop on many big websites such as Amazon, Asos, Ebay, Ikea, Adidas, Airbnb and Booking.com. When using the extension, the prices on the websites remain the same. So why not shopping and helping the environment at the same time?

We all know that shopping is not very nature-friendly: the best decision would be to cut down general consumption. But we also know that it’s impossible to keep people from shopping online. So by using this extension, you contribute to planting trees while you are buying things on the web. Just think about it: E-commerce is a huge economy, and if all of us would use the TreeClicks extension, extremely large amounts of forests could be planted!

For every order that you make online, TreeClicks will plant one tree. How does that work? When TreeClicks brings you in as a customer to its partnered shops, they received a fee, and with the biggest part of the money the company plants trees. In this way, online shoppers get the feeling that they are giving something back to the environment.

The company started to plant trees in India, and now they are looking for opportunities to plant trees in other parts of the world where deforestation is a big problem, like Indonesia and Brazil.

With TreeClicks you can keep shopping online while helping the environment and without extra costs. If everyone would start using TreeClicks, perhaps we will be living on a safer and better planet one day. Let’s all contribute to a happy world!

Install TreeClicks extension for Microsoft Edge >>

TreeClicks for Microsoft Edge Extension / Add On

Lastpass

This extension can be used to store all your passwords by creating an auto-pilot for them. After downloading and installing this extension, the Lastpass button will appear in your browser toolbar. You will use this button to log in to Lastpass. The next step is creating your account. You will need to come up with a very powerful password. Get inspired by, for example, some famous quotes or the lyrics of your favourite song. Lastpass allows you to add websites, and the extension will then save these websites as you log in. This means that passwords (and usernames) will automatically be filled as you browse your favourite websites.

Lastpass also automatically fills your profile with your details (personal details, payment information) when you are ordering something online. Besides, it saves information of other things including memberships and insurance cards.

With Lastpass you will definitely safe time and type less! Using Lastpass means that you only need to remember one password, and that’s the one from Lastpass. The program creates strong passwords thanks to the integrated password generator. The powerful password that it creates, will protect you against hackers. Information is kept safe any time.

Furthermore, with this extension you have the possibility to share your passwords with others in a safe and fast way. Last but not least: you can allow other people that you trust to access your account for urgent matters.

There is a free version of this extension, but if you would upgrade to premium, you will pay a fee starting from three dollars per month.

Install Lastpass for Microsoft Edge >>

Microsoft Translator

This extension translates content of foreign websites automatically in a fast and easy way. Microsoft Translator is one of the best extensions for this purpose. Not every website is written in the language that you understand, and you may need the information from that website. The extension will translate the complete page in your chosen language. As a student, researcher, or article writer this is extremely helpful. If you don’t want or need a translation of the whole page, you can also select a part of the information that you would like to have translated.

With Translator for Microsoft Edge you can translate web pages for more than 60 languages. How it works? Click on the Microsoft Translator icon in the toolbar while you are visiting a website that is not written in your preferred language. By clicking on the icon, the web page will instantly translate to your chosen language.

Download Translator add-on for Microsoft Edge >>

AdBlock

In case you are looking for an advertisement filter, AdBlock may be the best option. With AdBlock you can finally surf the web without annoying advertisements. AdBlock can be used for web pages where pop-up ads appear frequently. On the AdBlock icon in your toolbar it will show you the number of pop-up ads that the extension has blocked. By using AdBlock, you can have a better and faster web browsing experience.

AdBlock offers the possibility to use the extension exactly the way you want to. For example, you can indicate which ads you want to allow and which ones you want to block. You can set up these functions in the options page of the extension. Besides, you even have the ability to pause and manually block an ad.

With the AdBlock extension you can apply filters on (part of) a website. There are several types of filters, including deleting warnings about using ad blockers.

Thanks to AdBlock you will not have to deal any more with pop-ups, flashing banners and ads that you don’t want to see.

Adblock is completely free of costs.

Install AdBlock add on for Microsoft Edge >>

Grammarly

If you are looking for an excellent proofreading extension, you can opt for Grammarly. With this extension, spelling mistakes and embarrassing emails are a thing of the past. Grammarly makes sure that it detects your spelling mistakes as well as incorrect use of grammar. It also gives you suggestions to correct the type errors that you made.

It’s an extension that is useful for everyone, nowadays we write almost everything online. Whether you are writing a blog for your website, typing an email to your boss or chatting with a friend: Grammarly works in any situation. It can save you from some awkward moments!

The basic version of this extension is free, however there is also a paid plan which offers advanced skills to check grammar and spelling mistakes. The free version is for most people enough, because it catches the worst mistakes.

Grammarly does not just correct grammar and spelling mistakes, it also helps you find the perfect style and tone for writing your emails or texts. This way you can make sure that the reader will react the way you expect!

Install Grammarly extension for Edge >>

Office browser extension

When you install the Office extension, an icon will appear in your toolbar that allows access to all your Microsoft Office files that are stored on your computer and in OneDrive. This means that you can edit all your Word, OneNote, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly in your browser. It also means that you don’t need to open the apps on your desktop. This way you will consume less memory from your device. You can manage your personal and business accounts with this extension.

Also, you can get a list of the most recent documents that you accessed. It will help you to find the right documents faster. The extension even gives you the possibility to drag and drop documents to open them in your browser. The extension allows you to use Office wherever you are!

Just keep in mind that this extension is not a free version for Microsoft Office. If you want to download the extension, you will not need to install Office on the device that you’re using it on. However, you need a valid Microsoft Office license that is associated to your Microsoft account.

Download Office for Edge >>

Honey

Honey is a popular extension, especially for people who often shop online. With this extension you are able to save a lot of money while you are shopping on the web, because it detects the best coupon codes for more than 10.000 online shops. You will save tons of money when you are buying products on for example Amazon, or when you are booking a room on Airbnb. Even when ordering your pizza on Pizza Hut, or when buying your next favourite trainers on Nike you can be sure to pay the lowest prices!

From the moment you install the extension, a small ‘h’ will appear on your toolbar when you are shopping on your favourite websites. A window will pop up automatically, and you just need to click on ‘Apply coupons’ and Honey will make sure to compare every available coupon. Then, it will apply the biggest discounts to your cart.

The best thing about the extension is that you don’t need to change anything. Just install the extension and shop like you always do!

Download Honey Add On for Edge >>

PrintFriendly and PDF

When you often want to print articles on the web, but you don’t know the best way to do it, this may be the perfect extension. The PrintFriendly and PDF extension will remove ads and other materials that you don’t need when printing the articles. You want a clear printout of the page, without useless information. But the extension offers more than this. You can even remove images that you don’t need, or part of the content. Also, you can change the font size for the text. This extension is developed for a comfortable read experience!

So how exactly does it work? Visit the page you want to print and click on the green PrintFriendly icon in your toolbar. A dialog window will open, from where you will be able to make changes to the page. Remember that you can always undo any changes that you made. You simply need to click on ‘menu’ and select the ‘undo’ option.

When you are done modifying, you can save the page as a PDF or print it. When you save the file, it still includes clickable links. You can also share the page with friends.

The extension is very easy to use. You can install it at home and at work, so you can print a page whenever you need to!

Download PrintFriendly and PDF extension

Summary of best Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions

So in our opinion, the best Microsoft Edge Extensions are:

  1. TreeClicks
  2. Lastpass
  3. Translator for Edge
  4. AdBlock
  5. Grammarly
  6. Office for Microsoft Edge
  7. Honey for Edge
  8. PrintFriendly and PDF extension

Conclusion about best Edge Extensions

These are some of the most popular and best extensions so far. With these extensions you may translate webpages, block annoying ads, type flawless texts and emails, and buy products online using the best coupons. Besides, with the unique extension TreeClicks you can even contribute to a better world while you are doing your shopping online. We believe everyone should install the TreeClicks extension, the world of today needs some extra support! The Microsoft store keeps on growing, and more apps will be available. Installing extensions is easy and fast, and it will improve the features of Microsoft Edge. Make sure to keep yourself informed for further updates in the store!

Did you know that a lot of the Edge Extensions are also available for Chrome?

The best Opera Extensions 2022 – Add ons for your browser

Opera was developed by Opera Software AS, a well-known company from Norway. You can download this web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. What the majority of the users like the most is that the Opera browser operates extremely fast. No more slow surfing! Also, users like the clean look of it. However, by adding some great extensions, you can make Opera work even better and more efficiently. It will make your browser experience more fun!

Another advantage of Opera is that it was developed with some good built-in features and add-ons, for example ad-blocker. In Opera’s extensions store you can have access to many extra features to personalize your browsing experience. Opera is the most productive browser with an enormous amount of extensions that will improve the browsers’ performance. Opera browser is a lightweight program, which means that it uses few of your systems’ memory.

Depending on your browsing activity, one extension can be more useful than the other. For example, if you are most of the time surfing because of a research or business needs, Evernote Web Clipper is a very good choice. Microsoft Translator may also be a great choice, especially when you are reading articles on websites in various languages. When you are mostly surfing the net for fun, you can install the Emoji Keyboard extension to use Emoji’s instantly.

So, from all the available extensions, which ones are excellent and essential for Opera? Here we will discuss a few, and all of them are free of charges. Because Opera already comes with ad-blockers, we will not discuss this type of extensions in the list.

Your favourite Opera extensions

TreeClicks

What about a free extension that plant trees while you are ordering your favourite products online? TreeClicks is an extension that you install in only one minute and plants trees while you are shopping in more than 10.000 popular online shops. And guess what? The shopping price remains the same, so by installing the extension you can help the environment for free! TreeClicks earns by bringing you in as a customer and the biggest part of the revenue will be used for planting trees. At the moment they are planting trees in India.

If you are a frequent buyer on web shops like Amazon, ASOS, Ikea, and Adidas, you should consider adding the TreeClicks extension to give something back to our planet.

Tree planting helps limit global warming, because trees can actually cool the earth. The best thing would be of course to decrease general consumption in order to save the environment. But this is not always possible, sometimes you really need something from an online shop, not necessarily clothing or accessories. In such cases it may be a great choice to use TreeClicks while you are buying your products online, so the company will be able to plant more trees.

Imagine that each one of us would use TreeClicks, and we would be able to give our precious earth more oxygen, perhaps we would be living on a better place with more life!

Install TreeClicks add-on for Opera >>

TreeClicks Opera Extension / Add On
The TreeClicks Extension / Add On enabled for Opera

Evernote Web Clipper for Opera

This extension is ideal for people whose job involves writing, like journalists, (content) writers, and researchers. Evernote Web Clipper helps you organize your webpages by clipping them. Are you that type of person that has endless open browsing tabs and completely loses track of what you are doing? Then this extension may be a great choice! With this extension you cannot only clip web pages, you can also clip highlights and screenshots and keep it all in one place in your account. You save it in a sort of cloud, which means that you can access the information from anywhere and whenever you like: from your phone at home, from your tablet while you’re commuting or from your computer at work. Basically, you can consider this extension as the most modern notepad.

Also, when you see something interesting online, you can share it fast and easy by using this extension. Evernote Web Clipper is a recommended extension for people who often browse the internet.

Besides, you can create reminders for notes that you clipped. The moment you are searching for something that you saved earlier, the extension will suggest your stored clips.

Imagine you are sitting in the train and some excellent ideas come into mind. With Evernote Web Clipper you can store your ideas from your phone in a fast and easy way.    

Install Evernote Web Clipper extension for Opera >>     

Google Translate as Opera Extension

What we usually see is that while people are looking for information online, they always have a tab open with a translation website. This is mostly the case if you are working with different languages, or if you need to write articles in a language other than your preferred language.

But cutting and pasting pieces of text in Google Translate online can be a little time-consuming. Therefore, Opera offers the Google Translate extension. This means that you don’t need to go back and forth anymore from your Word document to the browser. To get something translated in another language, you just highlight the text that you need, or translate a whole web page. As you can imagine, this can save you tons of time, especially when your profession is related to writing and/or translation.

Translating texts becomes very handy with the Google Translate extension. After installing the extension, it will detect when a page is not in your main language. The extension will invite you to translate the webpage. If you accept, it will refresh the page with the translated information.

Download Google Translate for the Opera Browser

Lastpass for Opera

Lastpass was created to help you log on to your favourite websites without filling in your information. Basically, you create just one password, your Lastpass password, to have access to several websites. The extension will remember your passwords, usernames and other information. The advantage of this extension is that it can sync your data across your phone and computer.

Lastpass is a powerful password manager. After downloading the extension, you have to create an account. Then, you need to create a very strong password. All set? Click on ‘unlock my vault’. The extension is the place where you control the websites that you frequently access.

In Lastpass you can save website information, such as your username and password. When you access this website again, an emblem of Lastpass will appear on the login field. When you click on it, you can select your credential and Lastpass will complete the missing information.

Install Lastpass for Opera

Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang for Gmail is a helpful extension, especially if you would like to know if your email has been read, or if you want to schedule an email for a future date. Write an email now and the extension will send it next week while you are offline and enjoying your holidays. The extension is very useful if you usually communicate with people in different time zones. Also, you can create alerts when you didn’t receive an answer to your email. Furthermore, with the extension it’s possible to schedule birthday emails. The extension will make sure that you won’t forget the birthdays anymore from your dear friends and family members!

The Boomerang extension can help you to keep your inbox clean and organized. For example, you can postpone incoming emails. They will disappear from your inbox, and they will be placed in another folder. Then, the emails will be brought back in your inbox at a specified time.

The basic version of the extension is for free, but if you want to take the extension to a higher level you can opt for the Personal, Pro or Premium versions. A disadvantage of the basic version is that it has a limit of ten message credits per month. In case you are interested in installing one of the paid versions, the cost will be $4.99 per month for the Personal version (including unlimited message credits), $14.99 per month for the Pro version (including smart response and recurring messages), and $49.99 per month for the Premium version (including a ‘boomerang’ of every message).

Install Boomerang for Gmail add on >>

Emoji Keyboard for Opera

Do you love using Emoji’s while writing messages? Then this extension might be for you! With the Emoji Keyboard extension you can use your favourite emojis while surfing on the web. Using Emoji’s is a fun way of communicating with your friends, without dealing with a language barrier. You can use Emoji’s on social media, emails, chats and documents. It makes it easier sometimes to express yourself.

This extension makes it possible to use Emoji’s while you are browsing your favourite websites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. This works very easy: just click on an Emoji from the panel and it will automatically insert it into the website that you are using.

When you hover on Emoji’s you can see their meanings, and you can also choose the skin tone of the Emoji’s before sending them. A good thing about this extension is that it is completely free and without ads. What may be a problem is that the extension is very big in size, so it may take a while to download. Besides, this can make your browser work a bit slower.

Install Emoji Keyboard Extension for Opera >>

Amazon for Opera Extension

Many people are using Amazon nowadays. Amazon has tons of different products including toys for kids, clothing, sports apparel and gadgets. It has literally everything! With the Amazon for Opera extension you can find out Amazon’s deals of the day and you can compare prices of different products. This will not only save you money, it will also save you some precious time.

The extension comes with a universal wish list, so you can save products from different websites (not only Amazon!). This makes comparing products across websites even more easy.

The extension reacts when you are surfing on other online shops. If Amazon has the product in stock that you are looking at, the extension will give a sign with Amazon’s price of the product. It will make sure that you buy any product for the lowest possible price!

If you are a frequent shopper of Amazon, this is a must-have extension.

Install Amazon for Opera >>

Turn Off the Lights

In case you love to watch videos online and want to do that in your Opera web browser, then this extension can be a very good choice. The Turn Off the Lights extension can be used on several video streaming websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe and Dailymotion. You may still ask yourself what this extension does for you. With only one click it will focus on playing the video and fades out the rest of the website.

But the extension can do more than darken your browser. For example, it can allow YouTube videos to be automatically viewed in theatre mode. This means that the videos will fill most part of your screen. Besides, the extension also allows an ambient lighting mode for your browser. When you click on ‘Visual Effects’, you should then select ‘Show you the atmosphere lighting effect of the current playing video’. Besides, you can choose to ‘Extract the colour from the video’.

In case you enjoy the ‘Turn Off the Lights’ idea, the extension gives you the possibility to see any website in a pseudo-night mode. The extension has much more to offer, so if you are curious, find out more by installing the extension.

Install Turn Off the Lights for Opera Extension >>

Summary: the best Opera Browser Add Ons

So, to summarize. In our opinion the best Opera Extensions are:

  1. TreeClicks
  2. Evernote Web Clipper
  3. Google Translate
  4. Lastpass
  5. Boomerang for Gmail
  6. Emoji Keyboard
  7. Amazon for Opera
  8. Turn Off the Lights

Opera Extensions Conclusion

In this article we discussed some well-known and popular Opera extensions. Depending on your browsing activities, some extensions may be more fun or useful than others. But we think that one extension should be used by everyone, and that’s the first one we discussed: TreeClicks. Why not contributing to a better world for free while you are shopping your favourite products? Besides this extension, you may find it useful to install the Google Translate extension, Lastpass or maybe the Emoji keyboard. All these extensions have great features that will take your browsing experience to a whole other level.

BTW, most Opera extensions are also on Chrome.