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.

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 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:
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 2020 – 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 2020 – 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

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

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

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

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.

Best Firefox Add-Ons as of 2020: 11 Essentials

What are the most important add-ons for Firefox as of 2020? Whether you are looking for Firefox add-ons for blocking ads, privacy, online shopping, sustainability, tab management or students, you’ll find the best of them in this article.

Best Firefox Add-ons for Causes and Sustainability

Did you know you can help the world and the environment by installing simple Firefox add-ons? The following add-ons tempt to make the world a better place:

TreeClicks Screenshot

1. TreeClicks

While we’re talking about shopping, let’s think about the consequences of our online purchases. Because if anything, buying new products isn’t exactly good for our planet. Have you ever thought about the CO2, the toxins, the waste and the pollution that comes with buying stuff? Don’t worry, we’re not here to tell you to become an activist (although maybe we are?). Just add TreeClicks to your Firefox browser! It has 50.000+ stores (including Amazon) and whenever you purchase something, TreeClicks receives an ad fee and invests it in tree planting projects.

Download TreeClicks as a Firefox Add-on

2. Tab for a Cause

Tab for a Cause makes it super easy to contribute to a good cause. Just add the extension to your browser, open a new tab, and BOOM! – you help them raise money for charity without lifting a finger (well, except your index finger on the mouse).

Add Tab for a Cause to Firefox

Best Firefox Add-ons for Blocking Ads

We all hate pop-ups and ads. Yet, we can’t escape them, because ads are everywhere. We get bombarded with ads on social media, radio, podcasts, TV, the street, and the internet. Luckily there’s an app that you can add onto your Firefox browser that blocks ads as well as pop-ups.

Adblock Plus Firefox Add On
Adblock Plus Firefox Add On

Firefox Add-on 3. AdBlock Plus

AdBlock Plus is one of the most popular Firefox extensions for blocking ads. It’s easy to install and you can benefit from it right away. It allows you to block ads that interrupt your browsing, but you can control what it blocks as well. Sometimes, certain websites stop working if you use an adblocker. You can create your own filter to block certain types of ads and traffic. Here are more features of this beautiful, free add-on:

  • You can allow acceptable ads
  • You can disable tracking
  • You can block malware sites
  • You can block social media buttons

Download AdBlock Plus for Firefox

Firefox

Adblock Plus is available for Firefox, but also for other browsers like Chrome. Adblock Plus and all the other listed plugins are all available for Firefox. Firefox is a browser, made by Mozilla and has the possibility to install add-ons that add capabilities to the browser.

Best Firefox Add-ons for Online Privacy

Your privacy and online safety is not something you want to mess with. Did you know that whenever you use a public Wi-Fi connection, you risk having your personal data stolen by hackers? You even risk identity theft! The best thing is to use a VPN (a VPN helps you to stay safe online) in combination with these Firefox extensions for privacy.

4. Privacy Possum

Want to keep your internet experience safe and private? Of course you do! Privacy Possum reduces and falsifies the data that is collected by tracking companies, so they can’t access your personal data. There have been some instances in which certain websites don’t work when this add-on is enabled, but you can customise it in the settings.

Download Privacy Possum for Mozilla Firefox

5. uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin lets you see how many ads it has blocked and from what companies the ads came from. You can load and enforce many different filters, such as EasyList, Peter Lowe’s Ad server list, EasyPrivacy, and malware domains. There are even more filters to select, but be aware of website breakage if you select too many. If you want, you can disable ad blocking for individual websites.

Install uBlock Origin for Firefox

Best Firefox Extensions for Shopping

A lot of people do (a big part of) their shopping online. It’s easy, convenient, and you can find loads of deals and coupon codes, which make online shopping often cheaper than “regular” shopping. Here are some add-ons that online shoppers will appreciate.

6. Honey

Enjoy a discount when you shop? Honey makes it super easy for you to shop online and save a buck. It automatically finds and tests coupon codes with only one click. It works with more than 10,000 online shops in the UK, Canada, the US, India, and Australia. Just add it to your browser and start shopping like you’re used to. When you want to check out and pay, click on the Find Savings button the add-on will apply a coupon code if it’s available.

Install Honey for Firefox

7. Offers.com

Get notified of new deals and offers as you shop. The Firefox add-on Offers.com notifies you if there are any deals, offers or coupons as soon as you land on the website of a shop. Their database is one of the biggest, with over 14,000 coupons and they update it every day with more than 300 offers.

Install Offers.com for Firefox

Best Firefox Add-ons for Amazon.com

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you think of online shopping? Amazon? Makes sense, as it has already taken over the world of online shopping. Chances are big that if you do shop online, it is at Amazon. Here’s an extension that will help you out on your Amazon adventures.

8. Amazon Assistant for Firefox

This add-on is Amazon’s official product to help you find your way around the giant online shop. Amazon Assistant finds personalised product recommendations and it shows you the best offers, ratings, and ratings regarding Amazon’s products. You can follow (future) deals and get notified when they go live. It also allows you to save all your favourite items in one place.

Install Amazon Assistant for Mozilla Firefox

Best Firefox Extensions for Tab Management

Tab management, we all need it. How many tabs do you open in one session? About 20? That is a LOT. It induces stress when you work with that many open tabs. Better keep it to a maximum of 5 open tabs per session. If you need some help organising and managing your tabs, here’s the perfect Firefox extension for you.

9. Tab Sidebar

Get a sidebar with thumbnails instead of your regular tab bar! Tab Sidebar is simple, lightweight, and fast. You can even drag and drop tabs between windows. It also makes it super easy to manage your browser history and bookmarks.

Add Tab Sidebar to Mozilla Firefox

Best Firefox Add-ons for Students

Students are tied to the internet – and Firefox – for research and educational purposes. Here are two Firefox add-ons students don’t deserve to live without.

10. Grammarly

English is the official language on the internet. Whether you are a native speaker or not, we can all use a little help to express ourselves more gracefully. Grammarly is an add-on that helps you write correct English. This tool goes beyond the standard spell checker, as it not only checks the grammar but also the context.

The Firefox add-on also works on social media

It works on many popular sites like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Super handy when you need to write an email to your professor or (future) employer! Grammarly is free to use unless you need more than 400 language corrections per month, which would be $140 a year.

Install Grammarly for Firefox

11. Dictionary

Do you know what “unabashed” means? Ah, well, we sure hope that you are unabashed if you don’t. Add Dictionary to your Firefox browser and you’ll be increasing your vocabulary in no time. This is another free extension, so go ahead and smarten yourself up!

Install Dictionary for Firefox

Best Firefox add-ons summary

So to summarize, in our opinion, the best Firefox add-ons are:

Beste Safari Extensies voor 2020: 7 Onmisbare Extensies

Hoewel er voor Google Chrome veel extensies beschikbaar zijn, heeft Safari veel minder extensies beschikbaar. Toch zijn ze er wel degelijk goede Safari extensies te verkrijgen.

Safari extensies (ook wel add-on of plugin) hebben geen speciale winkel, zoals de Chrome Webstore. Sinds een tijdje zijn alle Safari-extensies te vinden in de Mac App Store als losse apps.

Op zoek naar de beste Safari extensie? Je bent bij ons aan het juiste adres! Safari is een geweldige en snelle browser. Daarom is er ook een groep mensen die Safari verkiest boven Chrome of Firefox.

In dit artikel vind je de beste Safari App Extensies voor het blokkeren van advertenties, privacy, winkelen, goede doelen & duurzaamheid, tabbladbeheer en studenten.

Beste Safari Extensies voor het blokkeren van advertenties

Advertenties en cookies zijn niet alleen vervelend wanneer ze op uw scherm verschijnen. Ze vertragen ook je online activiteiten en brengen je privacy in gevaar. Gebruik deze best beoordeelde adblockers om dit te voorkomen. Houd er rekening mee dat als een extensie advertenties overmatig blokkeert, sommige websites mogelijk niet goed werken.

1. AdBlock Plus

Dit is een van de bekendste Google Chrome extensies voor het blokkeren van advertenties. Je installeert het binnen een paar seconden en het werkt meteen. Wat AdBlock Plus de Plus geeft, is dat er meer opties zijn om uit te kiezen dan bij AdBlock. Zo kun je het geheel naar eigen wens configureren. 

Installeer AdBlock Plus als Safari App Extensie

De beste Safari add-ons voor privacy

Safari is gelukkig een stuk privacy-vriendelijker dan Chrome. Dat betekent niet dat je helemaal ontraceerbaar bent voor derden. Eén oplossing is om van browser te wisselen, maar een andere oplossing is het installeren van een extensie.

2. Ghostery Lite

Met Ghostery Lite kun je advertenties van derden blokkeren. De dienst is superslim: elke keer als de server denkt dat een adverteerder op het punt staat om je te tracken, blokkeert de server de adverteerder van het opvragen van je persoonlijke gegevens. 

Download de Ghostery Lite Safari Add-on

4. DuckDuckGo

Als je een andere zoekmachine wilt proberen dan Google, kun je DuckDuckGo gebruiken. Deze zoekmachine traceert, bewaart of gebruikt geen informatie voor commerciële doeleinden. De DuckDuckGo extensie integreert met Safari en maakt het zoeken eenvoudig. Natuurlijk is het niet zo goed als Google, maar als privacy je prioriteit is, is DuckDuckGo the way to go!

DuckDuckGo is geen Safari Extensie, maar je switcht naar DuckDuckGo door een nieuwe Safari Tab te openen, op het zoek-icoon te klikken (vergrootglas) en daarna DuckDuckGo te selecteren.

Beste Safari Extensies voor Winkelen / Shoppen

Shop je regelmatig online? Misschien is het dan een goed idee om de volgende handige extensies te downloaden, waarmee je geld kunt besparen en het online shoppen nog makkelijker wordt.

Beste Safari Extensies for Amazon.com

Over shoppen gesproken, Amazon domineert de wereld van online shoppen. Als je regelmatig gebruik maakt van Amazon en wilt weten welke deals er op dit moment zijn (wie wil dat niet?!), maakt de volgende extensie je leven een stuk prettiger.

Hoewel Amazon in Nederland nog niet groot is op het moment van schrijven, is de verwachting dat Amazon begint 2020 zijn intrede doet in Nederland.

4. SmileAllDay

Behalve het gebruiken van couponsites voor goede Amazon deals, kan het ook raadzaam zijn om SmileAllDay te installeren. Deze extensie stuurt je door naar smile.amazon.com in plaats van amazon.com. Daarmee activeer je dus automatisch Amazon Smile, het gratis spaarprogramma van Amazon waarmee je goede doelen steunt. Zo vergeet je dus nooit meer naar smile.amazon.com te gaan in plaats van amazon.com en spaar je altijd voor goede doelen als je bij Amazon.com shopt.

Installeer SmileAllDay als Safari Extension

Beste Safari Extensies for goede doelen en duurzaamheid

5. TreeClicks voor Safari

Wie zegt dat winkelen slecht is voor de planeet? Nou, veel mensen. En dat is het ook. Denk maar aan alle CO2, giftige stoffen en vervuiling afkomstig van de productie, het transport, de verpakking en de afvalproductie van jespullen. Gelukkig is er een extensie die je gratis kunt gebruiken om je ecologische voetafdruk te verminderen terwijl je shopt! De Safari Extensie heet TreeClicks. Wanneer je iets koopt bij hun meer dan 50.000 aangesloten winkels (inclusief Amazone), ontvangt TreeClicks advertentie-inkomsten en daarmee worden bomen geplant – die CO2 absorberen.

Installeer TreeClicks voor Safari

Een voorbeeld van de TreeClicks voor Safari App Extensie

Beste Safari Add-ons voor Content & Tab Management

Hoeveel tabbladen heb je op dit moment openstaan? Wist je dat het behoorlijk stressvol is om veel tabbladen open te hebben? Het wordt aanbevolen om niet meer dan 5 tabbladen tegelijk open te hebben. Ik weet het, makkelijker gezegd dan gedaan. Gelukkig kun je deze extensie gebruiken om je daarbij te helpen:

6. Save to Pocket

Kun je niet kiezen welk tabblad je wilt sluiten? Bewaar het tabblad en de content voor laten met “Save to Pocket”. Hiermee sla je de site op voor later.

Installeer Save to Pocket voor Safari

Best Safari Extensions for Students

Studenten gebruiken het internet – en Safari – massaal voor onderzoeks- en onderwijsdoeleinden. Wat zijn de twee beste Safari extensies die studenten moeten hebben?

7. Grammarly voor Safari

Grammarly is gratis te gebruiken en is voor veel studenten een levensredder. Wanneer je iets intypt in Chrome, al is het in je e-mail, controleert Grammarly automatisch de grammatica en spelling. Fouten zijn onderstreept in het rood, dus het is makkelijk om ze te spotten. Beweeg je muis over het woord en bekijk de mogelijke correcties.

Installeer de Grammarly extensie voor de Safari browser

Samenvattend, volgens ons zijn dit de beste Safari Extensies:

  1. AdBlock Plus
  2. Ghostery Lite
  3. DuckDuckGo
  4. SmileAllDay
  5. TreeClicks
  6. Save to Pocket
  7. Grammarly

En wat al helemaal top is? De meeste van deze extensies zijn gratis! Wat is jouw favoriete Safari Extensie?

Dit artikel werd vertaald vanuit het volgende Engelse artikel.

Best Safari Extensions for 2020: 7 Must-Have Extensions

While for Google Chrome there are a lot of extensions available, Safari has way less extensions available.

The Safari Extensions don’t have a dedicated store available. But, since a while, all Safari Extensions can be found in the Mac App Store as Apps.

Looking for the best Safari Extension? You’ve come to the right place! Safari is a great and fast browser, and there’s a group of people that prefers Safari over Chrome or Firefox.

In this article, you will find the best Safari App Extensions for blocking ads, privacy, shopping, causes and sustainability, tab management, and students.

Best Safari Extensions for Blocking Ads

Ads and cookies are not only annoying when they pop up on your screen, but they also slow down your online activities and endanger your privacy. Use these top-rated ad-blockers to prevent this from happening. Note that if an extension excessively blocks ads, some websites may not work properly.

1. AdBlock Plus

This is one of the best-known Safari extensions for blocking ads, but also available for Safari as an add-on. You install it within seconds, and it works straight away. What gives AdBlock Plus the Plus, is that there are more blocking options to choose from than with AdBlock. This way, you can configure it to your own liking.

Install AdBlock Plus as Safari App Extension

Best Safari App Extensions for Causes and Sustainability

2. TreeClicks for Safari

Who says shopping is bad for the planet? Well, a lot of people actually. And it is. Just think about all of the carbon dioxide, toxins, and pollution coming from the production, transportation, packaging, and waste production of your stuff. Fortunately, there is an extension that you can use for free to reduce your carbon footprint while you shop! It’s called TreeClicks. Whenever you purchase something at their 50.000+ stores (including Amazon), TreeClicks receives an ad fee and with it, trees are planted – absorbing carbon dioxide.

Install TreeClicks for Safari

An Example of the TreeClicks Safari App Extension

Best Safari Extensions for Privacy

Although, Safari is better in protecting your privacy, there’s still some apps/extensions that can help protecting you better.

3. Ghostery Lite

Ghostery Lite lets you block third party advertisements and tracks. The service is super smart: every time the server thinks that an advertiser is about to violate any privacy laws, it blocks that advertiser from retrieving your personal information.

Get the Ghostery Lite Safari Extension

4. DuckDuckGo

If you want to try a different search engine than Google, you can use DuckDuckGo. This search engine doesn’t trace, save or use any information for commercial purposes. The DuckDuckGo extension integrates with Safari and makes searching easy. Of course, it’s not as good as Google, but if privacy is your priority, DuckDuckGo is the way to go!

DuckDuckGo is not a Safari Extension, but you can switch to DuckDuckGo by opening a new Safari Tab, clicking on the search icon (zoom glass) and then selecting DuckDuckGo

Best Safari Extensions for Shopping

Do you shop online frequently? Might be a good idea to download these useful extensions, that help save you money and make shopping online even more convenient.

Best Safari Extensions for Amazon.com

Talking about shopping, Amazon dominates the online shopping world. If you use Amazon regularly and like to know what deals are on at the moment (who doesn’t?!), the following extension will make your life a lot easier.

5. SmileAllDay

Except from using coupon sites for good Amazon deals, it’s beneficial, to also install SmileAllDay. That extension forwards you to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, so that you don’t forget anymore to go to Amazon Smile. In that way, you make sure that you will support your selected Amazon Smile cause.

Get SmileAllDay for Safari

Best Safari Add-ons for Content & Tab Management

Speaking of tabs, how many tabs do you have open right now? Did you know that it can actually increase your stress levels to leave too many tabs open? It’s recommended to have no more than 5 tabs open at the same time. I know, that’s easier said than done. Fortunately, you can use this extension to help you out:

6. Save to Pocket

Can’t seem to choose what tabs to close? Just save them for later. Use Save to Pocket to save your site for later.

Install Save to Pocket for Safari

Best Safari Extensions for Students

Students massively use the internet – and Safari – for research and educational purposes. So, what are the top Safari Extensions students ought to have?

7. Grammarly for Safari

Grammarly is free to use and is a lifesaver for many students. Whenever you type something in Chrome, even in your email, Grammarly automatically checks the grammar and spelling. Errors are underlined in red, so it’s easy to spot them. Simply hover your mouse on the word, and it will give you several potential corrections.

Install Grammarly Extension for Safari

To summarize, in our opinion, the best Safari Extensions are:

  1. AdBlock Plus
  2. TreeClicks
  3. Ghostery Lite
  4. DuckDuckGo
  5. SmileAllDay
  6. Save to Pocket
  7. Grammarly

Best of all, most of the extension above are free. What is your favorite extension?

Beste Google Chrome extensies 2020: 11 must-haves

Ben je op zoek naar de beste Google Chrome extensies? We hebben ze voor je! Er zijn zoveel mensen die tegenwoordig Google Chrome hebben als hun favoriete webbrowser. En dat is te begrijpen. De browser is supersnel en krachtig. Maar wat het nog beter maakt, is het gigantische aantal extensies en add-ons, wat het zelfs nog meer power en functies geeft.  

In dit artikel vind je de beste Google Chrome extensies voor het blokkeren van advertenties, voor het beschermen van je privacy, voor online shoppen, voor goede doelen en duurzaamheid, voor tabbladbeheer en voor studenten.

Beste Google Chrome extensies voor goede doelen en duurzaamheid

Wist je dat je met het installeren van een paar simpele Chrome extensies van de wereld een mooiere plek kunt maken? De volgende Chrome extensies steunen gratis goede doelen en/of het milieu.

TreeClicks Chrome Extensie Screenshot

1. TreeClicks

Wie zegt dat winkelen slecht is voor de planeet? Nou, veel mensen. En dat is het ook. Denk maar aan alle CO2, giftige stoffen en vervuiling afkomstig van de productie, het transport, de verpakking en de afvalproductie van jespullen. Gelukkig is er een extensie die je gratis kunt gebruiken om je ecologische voetafdruk te verminderen terwijl jeshopt! Het heet TreeClicks. Wanneer je iets koopt bij hun meer dan 50.000 aangesloten winkels (inclusief Amazone), ontvangt TreeClicks advertentie-inkomsten en daarmee worden bomen geplant – die CO2 absorberen.

2. Tab for a Cause

Wat is beter dan bij te dragen aan een goed doel dan bijna niets te hoeven doen?! Tab for a Cause zamelt elke keer wanneer je een nieuw tabblad opent in Google Chrome geld in voor een goed doel. Het is gratis te gebruiken en deadvertentie-inkomsten van banners in de tabbladen doneren ze aan goede doelen op het gebied van mensenrechten, milieu, onderwijs, water of gezondheid.

Beste Google Chrome extensies voor het blokkeren van advertenties 

Advertenties en cookies zijn niet alleen vervelend wanneer ze in je scherm springen, maar ze vertragen ook jeinternetactiviteiten én brengen je privacy in gevaar. Om dat te voorkomen, gebruik je deze goed beoordeeldeadvertentieblokkers. Let er wel op dat als een extensie iets te enthousiast advertenties uitschakelt, sommige websites niet helemaal lekker kunnen lopen. 

3. AdBlock

Advertenties en het internet zijn onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden. Veel websites overspoelen je met banners, tekstadvertenties en andere advertenties (gericht of niet). Met AdBlock kun je (bijna) alles automatisch blokkeren, zodat je kunt genieten van een overzichtelijke en schone webpagina. De extensie is direct klaar voor gebruik en je kunt eventueel filters toepassen en updaten.

4. AdBlock Plus

Dit is een van de bekendste Google Chrome extensies voor het blokkeren van advertenties. Je installeert het binnen een paar seconden en het werkt meteen. Wat AdBlock Plus de Plus geeft, is dat er meer opties zijn om uit te kiezen dan bij AdBlock. Zo kun je het geheel naar eigen wens configureren. 

De beste Google Chrome extensies voor privacy

Google Chrome is niet bepaald de beste browser om te gebruiken als je je privacy wilt beschermen. Het onthoudt jeinstellingen en favoriete websites op al je apparaten. De browser werkt zichzelf ook automatisch bij op de achtergrond. Eén oplossing is om van browser te wisselen, maar een andere oplossing is het installeren van een extensie.

5. Privacy Badger

Met Privacy Badger kun je advertenties van derden blokkeren. De dienst is superslim: elke keer als de server denkt dat een adverteerder op het punt staat om de privacywetgeving te overtreden, blokkeert de server de adverteerder van het opvragen van je persoonlijke gegevens. 

6. DuckDuckGo

Als je een andere zoekmachine wilt proberen dan Google, kun je DuckDuckGo gebruiken. Deze zoekmachine traceert, bewaart of gebruikt geen informatie voor commerciële doeleinden. De DuckDuckGo extensie integreert met Chrome en maakt het zoeken eenvoudig. Natuurlijk is het niet zo goed als Google, maar als privacy je prioriteit is, is DuckDuckGo the way to go!

Beste Google Chrome extensies voor online shoppen

Shop je regelmatig online? Misschien is het dan een goed idee om de volgende handige extensies te downloaden, waarmee je geld kunt besparen en het online shoppen nog makkelijker wordt.

7. Honey

Honey is een extensie die kortingscodes vindt en test in het Verenigd Koninkrijk, Canada en de VS. Eenmaal toegevoegd aan je browser, kun je online shoppen zoals je dat normaal doet. Bij het afrekenen klik je op de knop Find Savings en dan gaat Honey op zoek naar kortingscodes, en past die, indien gevonden, automatisch toe.  

Beste Google Chrome extensies voor Amazon.com

Over shoppen gesproken, Amazon domineert de wereld van online shoppen. Als je regelmatig gebruik maakt van Amazon en wilt weten welke deals er op dit moment zijn (wie wil dat niet?!), maakt de volgende extensie je leven een stuk prettiger.

8. Lightning Deal Claimer Amazon

Lightning Deal Claimer Amazon heeft een knop in de werkbalk van de extensie, die het aantal huidige en toekomstige deals toont. Klik op de knop om te zien welke deals er zijn. Je kunt een afbeelding van het product bekijken, de prijs, een korte beschrijving, informatie over wanneer de deal op het punt staat te beginnen en te eindigen en het aantal resterende producten. Door te klikken op een product kom je op de aangewezen pagina van Amazone. Als je wilt, kun je ook een melding op je telefoon ontvangen wanneer de deal op het punt staat te beginnen.

Beste Google Chrome extensies voor tabbladbeheer

Nu we het toch over tabbladen hebben, hoeveel tabbladen heb je op dit moment openstaan? Wist je dat het behoorlijk stressvol is om veel tabbladen open te hebben? Het wordt aanbevolen om niet meer dan 5 tabbladen tegelijk open te hebben. Ik weet het, makkelijker gezegd dan gedaan. Gelukkig kun je deze extensie gebruiken om je daarbij te helpen:

9. Save my Tabs

Kun je niet kiezen welke tabbladen je moet sluiten? Bewaar ze gewoon voor later. Gebruik Save my Tabs om al jetabbladen in één keer op te slaan. Al je geopende tabbladen worden opgeslagen als bladwijzers, zodat je er op elk gewenst moment naar terug kunt komen. Tip: Maak eerst een aparte map aan, zodat ze niet worden gemixt met de tabbladen die je de volgende keer wilt opslaan. 

De beste Google Chrome extensies voor studenten

Studenten gebruiken het internet – en Google Chrome – massaal voor onderzoeks- en onderwijsdoeleinden. Wat zijn de twee beste Google Chrome extensies die studenten moeten hebben?

10. Grammarly

Grammarly is gratis te gebruiken en is voor veel studenten een levensredder. Wanneer je iets intypt in Chrome, al is het in je e-mail, controleert Grammarly automatisch de grammatica en spelling. Fouten zijn onderstreept in het rood, dus het is makkelijk om ze te spotten. Beweeg je muis over het woord en bekijk de mogelijke correcties.

11. Google Dictionary

Als je Google Chrome gebruikt, kun je heel wat onbekende woorden tegenkomen. Heb je geen flauw idee wat een woord betekent? Voeg Google Dictionary toe aan je browser en breid je woordenschat binnen een paar seconden uit. Klik op een woord en Google Dictionary toont je de definitie in een pop-up venster. Als je een andere taal gebruikt (bijvoorbeeld Nederlands), ga dan naar My Language (Mijn Taal) en schakel van het Engels naar de taal van jouw keuze. Je kunt ook een Google-zoekopdracht uitvoeren en bekijken hoe het woord in verschillende contexten wordt gebruikt. De extensie is gratis te gebruiken.

Dus, om samen te vatten, zijn dit volgens ons de beste Chrome Extensies:

  1. TreeClicks
  2. Tab for a Cause
  3. AdBlock
  4. AdBlock Plus
  5. Privacy Badger
  6. DuckDuckGo
  7. Honey
  8. Lightning Deal Claimer Amazon
  9. Save my Tabs
  10. Grammarly
  11. Google Dictionary

Dit artikel is vertaald van het volgende artikel.

Heb je zelf aanvullingen of suggesties? Laat het weten in de comments.

Becoming a Chrome Extension Developer and paying with MasterCard

Built you first plugin? Want to become a Chrome Developer?

Awesome!

Now, it’s time to register to the Chrome Developer programme. But perhaps registering with a Mastercard Credit Card does not work?

How to register for Chrome Developer?

It’s pretty easy. You use your own Google Account and then are able to register an account that you can use to submit multiple plugins. It costs about $5 once to register as a Chrome Developer.

Paying with Mastercard?

Strange enough, this process does not accept Mastercard credit cards. As Mastercard is more common in Europe, it’s strange that Chrome Developer Programme does not accept it.

How to solve this?

We chose for a prepaid credit card from Visa. There’s several Visa prepaid credit cards available. ALWAYS do your research well on whether these Visa prepaid credit card providers are legitimate and reliable. This is completely at your own risk.

Did it work?

After registering for a prepaid Visa credit card and depositing a few dollars on the credit card we were able to finish the Chrome Extension Developer programme.

It took us about 4 working days after registration before our extension got submitted in the Chrome Web Store, as Google employees usually first need to check your Chrome Extension.

Hope this helps. If you’re looking for some nice Chrome Extension, we created a top Chrome Extensions article.

Best Google Chrome Extensions 2020: 11 Must-Haves

Looking for the best Google Chrome Extensions? Youve come to the right place! So many people nowadays use Google Chrome as their favourite web browser. Easy to understand. It is super fast and powerful. But what makes it even better, is the enormous amount of extensions and add-ons, giving it a huge variety of functions. In this article, you will find the best Google Chrome Extensions for blocking ads, privacy, shopping, causes and sustainability, tab management, and students.

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Causes and Sustainability

1. TreeClicks

Who says shopping is bad for the planet? Well, a lot of people actually. And it is. Just think about all of the carbon dioxide, toxins, and pollution coming from the production, transportation, packaging, and waste production of your stuff. Fortunately, there is an extension that you can use for free to reduce your carbon footprint while you shop! Its called TreeClicks. Whenever you purchase something at their 50.000+ stores (including Amazon), TreeClicks receives an ad fee and with it, trees are planted – absorbing carbon dioxide.

Install TreeClicks for Chrome >>

TreeClicks Screenshot

2. Tab for a Cause

What better way to contribute to a good cause than doing almost nothing?! Tab for a Cause raises money for charity whenever you open a new tab in Google Chrome. Free to use, it receives ad revenue from banner ads in the tabs, that they donate to human rights, environmental, educational, water or health charities.

Install Tab for a Cause Chrome Extension >>

3. Colorblind – Dalton for Chrome

Colour blindness is more common than most people think. Up to 1 in 10 individuals can have some form of colour blindness, which can make it sometimes complicated to perceive a website’s user interface.

The Colorblind- Dalton extension comes to the rescue and can provide tests for the most commonly found types of colour blindness. The extension will automatically adjust the browser’s colour settings according to the test results. With the extension colour-blind persons will be able to see more colours and this will improve user accessibility.

The extension comes with a solution to some of the daily issues experienced by colour-blind people. People who are affected by Tritanopia (blue colour vision deficiency), Deuteranopia (green), and Protanopia (red) could benefit from this extension.

People often believe that if someone suffers from blue-yellow colour blindness, the person only has trouble seeing these colours. However, that is untrue; it’s the whole colour spectrum which is affected.

The extension is free, and the main goal is to help colour-blind people to see the world more colourful.

Install Colorblind – Dalton for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Blocking Ads

Ads and cookies are not only annoying when they pop up on your screen, but they also slow down your online activities and endanger your privacy. Use these top-rated ad-blockers to prevent this from happening. Note that if an extension excessively blocks ads, some websites may not work properly.

4. AdBlock

Advertising and the internet are inextricably connected. Many websites bombard us with banners, text ads and other advertisements (targeted or not). With AdBlock, you can block (almost) everything automatically, so you can enjoy looking at a clear, decluttered webpage. You can choose and update filters, but the extension is basically ready to go.

Install AdBlock for Google Chrome >>

5. AdBlock Plus

This is one of the best-known Google Chrome extensions for blocking ads. You install it within seconds, and it works straight away. What gives AdBlock Plus the Plus, is that there are more blocking options to choose from than with AdBlock. This way, you can configure it to your own liking.

Install AdBlock Plus for Google Chrome >>

6. Ghostery – privacy ad blocker

Ghostery is a free extension that is developed to easily detect and block web trackers that tag your movements across the Internet. Besides, the extension makes it possible to find out more about companies using these tracking systems. Ghostery is the perfect privacy extension. It will stop trackers, block ads, and speed up websites. When removing advertisements, you will be able to completely focus on the information that is useful for you. By blocking trackers, you have the power to control who is watching your movements and collecting your information. Thanks to the extension your data will be anonymized to take a step further in protecting your privacy. Ghostery will even ensure to optimize page performance by (un)blocking trackers. You will immediately notice that pages load quicker. Lastly, Ghostery has several dashboards available for its users so you can access the information that is relevant to you.

Install Ghostery – privacy ad blocker for Chrome >>

 

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Privacy

Google Chrome isnt exactly the best browser to use if you want to protect your privacy. It remembers your settings and favourite websites on all of your computers. The browser also automatically updates itself in the background. One solution is to switch browsers, but another one is to install an extension.

7. Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger lets you block third party advertisements. The service is super smart: every time the server thinks that an advertiser is about to violate any privacy laws, it blocks that advertiser from retrieving your personal information. 

Install Privacy Badger extension for Google Chrome >>

8. DuckDuckGo

If you want to try a different search engine than Google, you can use DuckDuckGo. This search engine doesnt trace, save or use any information for commercial purposes. The DuckDuckGo extension integrates with Chrome and makes searching easy. Of course, its not as good as Google, but if privacy is your priority, DuckDuckGo is the way to go! 

Install DuckDuckGo extension for Google Chrome >>

9. Unshorten.link

Link shorteners are convenient because they make it easier to manage unhandy URLs. The bad news is that you never know where a shortened link can take you. Are you a frequent user of Twitter, Digg, or other services that expose their users to shortened URLs? If yes, you may be concerned that these links may not lead you to where they are supposed to, and that they will damage your device.

Unshorten.link is an extension that protects your privacy by preventing short link services from tracking your movements on the web. After installing the extension, you will be automatically sent to the link expansion page each time you click on a shortened link. You will get a clear view of where the links are taking you. The extension will also make sure to remove known tracking cookies from the URLs. The extension has a list of more than 300 link shortening services, and they update this list frequently.

Install Unshorten.link extension for Google Chrome >>

10. User-Agent Switcher

With the User-Agent Switcher extension you can easily and quickly swap the user-agent string, to trick your browser’s identity. It’s a useful extension for old websites that require specific browsers. Besides, you can swap between desktop and mobile views of a website.

A user-agent is a text description of your device, that is sent with every web request. Websites can recognize the browser that you are using and show different content accordingly. For example, when you are browsing the web with your iPhone, you will see a special mobile website.

The extension is the easiest way to switch between user-agents in your browser. It makes it easier to browse the net, regardless of which browser you prefer. Once you downloaded the extension it will add a toolbar button so that you can easily toggle between different user agent strings.

Changing user-agent will help you to mimic other browsers, devices, or search engine spiders.

Install User-Agent Switcher for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Shopping 

Do you shop online frequently? Might be a good idea to download these useful extensions, that help save you money and make shopping online even more convenient.

11. Honey

Honey is an extension that finds and tests discount coupon codes all over the UK, Canada and the US. Once added to your browser, you can shop online like you are used to. Then, when checking out, click on the Find Savings button and Honey will try to find and apply a coupon code.

Install Honey extension for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Amazon.com

Talking about shopping, Amazon dominates the online shopping world. If you use Amazon regularly and like to know what deals are on at the moment (who doesnt?!), the following extension will make your life a lot easier.

12. Amazon Lightning Deal Watcher

Amazon Lightening Deals offers a button in the toolbar of the extension, showing the number of current and upcoming deals. Click on the button to see what deals there are. You can view an image of the product, the price, a short description, information about when the deal is about to start and end, and the number of remaining products. Clicking on a product takes you to the designated Amazon page. If you want, you can also receive a notification on your phone when the deal is about to start.

Get the Keepa / Amazon Dealwatcher Extension for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Tab Management

Speaking of tabs, how many tabs do you have open right now? Did you know that it can actually increase your stress levels to leave too many tabs open? Its recommended to have no more than 5 tabs open at the same time. I know, thats easier said than done. Fortunately, you can use this extension to help you out:

13. Save my Tabs

Can’t seem to choose what tabs to close? Just save them for later. Use Save my Tabs to save all of your tabs in one go. It saves all your opened tabs as bookmarks, so you can come back to them any time you want. Tip: Create a separate folder first, so they dont get mixed up with the tabs you want to save next time.

Install Save my Tabs for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Students

Students massively use the internet – and Google Chrome – for research and educational purposes. So, what are the two best Google Chrome Extensions students ought to have?

14. Grammarly

Grammarly is free to use and is a lifesaver for many students. Whenever you type something in Chrome, even in your email, Grammarly automatically checks the grammar and spelling. Errors are underlined in red, so its easy to spot them. Simply hover your mouse on the word, and it will give you several potential corrections.

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15. Google Dictionary

Browsing the web with Google Chrome can have you run into quite a few unfamiliar words. Dont have the slightest idea of what a word means? Add Google Dictionary to your browser and expand your vocabulary within seconds. Simply click on a word and Google Dictionary shows you the definition in a pop-up window. If youre using a different language (say Dutch), then go to My Language and switch the language from English to your desired language. You can also easily launch a Google search for the word and see how the word is used in different contexts. The extension is free to use.

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16. Cite This For Me: Web Citer

All researchers and students know how difficult it can be sometimes to properly attribute online articles. Cite This For Me is an extension that helps you to create a formatted website citation for the APA (6th edition), Chicago (16th edition), MLA (7th edition), and Harvard citation styles. For many students this may sound like music to their ears. With only one click you can create website citations and easily save or copy them for use in your documents.

All you need to do is visit the page you would like to cite and click on the button to create a correctly formatted citation. Then you can just copy and past the citation into your document, but you can also save it to your online bibliography so you can access it again later.

The extension makes it even possible to add other sources, such as newspapers, books, and journals.

Install Cite This For Me for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions to Increase Productivity

17. CrxMouse Gestures

The CrxMouse Gestures extension will add handy mouse gesture macros to improve web navigation. Besides, it allows you to add mouse shortcuts for opening and closing new tabs, to navigate backwards and forwards in your tab history, and to copy information. The extension will also help to accelerate frequent navigation tasks. On the Settings menu you will find advanced scrolling options in order to control your scrolling speed, directions, smoothness, and more. All gestures are synced across different desktop devices, as long as you are using the same Google account and have the extension installed. CrxMouse is and will always be a free extension that makes it possible to create custom mouse shortcuts for an improved browser experience. Besides, it has no advertisements. Become more productive and effective with CrxMouse!

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18. Any.do

Work smarter, not harder!

Do you need an extension that helps you organizing to-do lists? Any.do makes it possible to sync your tasks and checklists to and from all your devices. With the extension you can create new lists, reminders, add notes, share tasks, and more. You will get your things done better thanks to this extension and you will never lose track of your agenda again. Any.do can also help teams hit their goals and increase productivity. You will have access to your to-do’s, reminders, and calendar on any mobile device, desktop, and web to keep track of your agenda wherever you go.

Make sure to set reminders to avoid forgetting important events. You can create one-time, recurring, and location-based reminders. Even grocery shopping lists can be created with this extension, and you can share them with family and friends. Besides, you can import online recipes and it works with Siri and Alexa as well.

The extension comes with amazing themes and powerful features. If you are a busy bee and love to save time while achieving great things, this extension is for you!

Install Any.do for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Fun

 19. Pablo

Pablo is an extension developed to create artful images that fit every social network. For example, you can add the images to Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. The extension has more than 500.000 images to choose from. It allows for highlighting texts and selection of images that you can then customize the way you want to. You can change typography, font sizes, and formatting. The extension will help you to quickly increase the engagement on your social media posts. It has been found that blog posts with images have 94% more views than blog posts without images. Pablo is totally free, and you don’t need to create an account. Besides, there is no design experience needed; the extension can be used by anyone. You can choose images from the extension or upload your own images. Type a text in the text box and choose your favourite image as background. When you’re ready, you can share the image to any social media that you like or download it to your computer.

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20. Wikiwand

Thanks to Wikiwand, Wikipedia’s content can be optimized for a better reading experience. You will get clean, organized text columns with an integrated side menu including the table of contents, a better media gallery with larger photos, and other great features that make reading easier and quicker. The extension replaces each Wikipedia link with a link to the same article on Wikiwand. You can even personalize colour, font, and layout.

Wikipedia is the greatest curator of knowledge; we are all Wikipedia fans! It helps people worldwide to freely access millions of articles in 288 languages. The only problem with Wikipedia is that it was built a long time ago, and it has not changed much over time. Wikiwand was created to optimize Wikipedia’s fantastic content for a better reading experience. It’s all about providing users a modern and enjoyable interface to the human knowledge.

If you would like to upgrade your Wikipedia experience, Wikiwand is the perfect solution.

Install Wikiwand for Google Chrome >>

21. Stylish

Tired of boring websites? Stylish helps you to customize various websites by applying custom themes, changing the colour scheme, or adjusting fonts. There are themes available for everything, including Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook and even WhatsApp. With the extension you can apply themes from the database to your favourite websites or create your own theme for other users to apply. You can adjust any website according to your personal taste.

Stylish is an amazing platform for developers to test their creative skills, share their knowledge and experience and receive credit for their unique work. You can find tutorials that will help you with installing the extension, and how to create and upload themes to the library.

With Stylish you can also easily disable, edit or delete any of your themes. Create your own beautiful theme and share it with millions of other users!

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22. TinEye Reverse Image Search

Have you ever come across an image online that you wanted to use, but did it have, for example, a low resolution? With TinEye you can find other versions of any image. With only one click you will find where else on the Internet the image has been used. TinEye is the first image search engine to use image identification technology, and not keywords or watermarks.

Once you submit an image to the extension, it will create a unique digital signature for it and then compares this to other images to find matches. The great thing is that TinEye finds exact matches, even if an image is resized, edited, or cropped! The extension adds tens of millions new images to its database on a weekly basis.

You can use the extension by uploading an image or searching by URL, or by dragging and dropping your images to start your search.

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23. Screencastify

The Screencastify extension allows you to easily create recordings. The extension also has annotation tools to spotlight your mouse cursor, highlight mouse clicks or draw with a pen. In this way, you can keep your audience focused on what matters. Once you are done recording, it will automatically save to your Google Drive account. You will have a shareable link, or you can decide to upload your video directly to YouTube. You can export your recording as an MP4, animated GIF, or MP3.

If you want to use the free version of Screencastify, your videos will have a maximum duration of 10 minutes. Besides, you can’t create more than 50 videos per month, and all the videos are provided with a watermark. For only $29 per year you can use the extension without limitations, and you will also have access to expanded export options.

Whether you are an experienced or brand-new video creator, Screencastify can be used by anyone. You can choose to capture your webcam only, your whole screen, or just your tab. You can insert your webcam anywhere in your recording and you can use your microphone to narrate. No Internet? No problem, because there is also the possibility to record offline.

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So to summarize, in our opinion, the best Google Chrome Extensions are:

 

 

Fixing VBoxManage: error: VMDK: descriptor does not start as expected in

When using Vagrant / Virtualbox and optionally Laravel Homestead it could occur that this message displays:

There was an error while executing `VBoxManage`, a CLI used by Vagrant

for controlling VirtualBox. The command and stderr is shown below.

Command: ["startvm", "{LONGOCDE}", "--type", "headless"]

Stderr: VBoxManage: error: Could not open the medium '/Users/USER/VirtualBox VMs/homestead-7/ubuntu-....vmdk'.

VBoxManage: error: VMDK: descriptor does not start as expected in '/Users/USER/VirtualBox VMs/homestead-7/ubuntu-....vmdk' (VERR_VD_VMDK_INVALID_HEADER).

VBoxManage: error: VD: error VERR_VD_VMDK_INVALID_HEADER opening image file '/Users/USER/VirtualBox VMs/homestead-7/ubuntu-....vmdk' (VERR_VD_VMDK_INVALID_HEADER)

VBoxManage: error: Details: code NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005), component MediumWrap, interface IMedium

After changing lots of stuff and trying out a lot, I found out it’s best to restore a backup of your vmdk file. For Linux and Windows there seem to be restore tools (not sure if these will work),  but not for Mac.

So, after trying to restore your backup, hopefully everything works (always backup your new file before restoring as well). Everything is at your own risk of course. Good luck!