In my years of working on websites the last few have been made incredibly easier by combining website design and Firebug. My browser of choice is Mozilla Firefox and this add-on for it is a web designers dream come true. It is definitely a match made in heaven.
WTH is Firebug, you ask?
You know how websites and businesses like to say they are the best, the brightest, and the most powerful? Most of the time, this isn’t even close to being true. But with Firebug what they say on their website is the God’s honest truth.
The most popular and powerful web development tool
That describes Firebug to a T. With Firebug you can inspect HTML and modify style and layout in real-time. What this basically means is that you can go to any website and use Firebug to make changes to the website and preview it in real time right there on the current site. This means you can go to any old website and make changes that you will see on your computer.
I’ve had some great fun (keep in mind that it doesn’t take much for a web geek to have fun) going to websites like Facebook and changing the font color and size just to see how crazy I can make it look. This IS a powerful tool.
Why does a Web Designer Love Firebug?
Let’s say I am developing your website and I don’t like the color of the navigation bar. All I have to do is open Firebug and see the code that makes the color. If it is CSS change I can change it right there and see what the new color will look like. If it is an image file that makes the navigation bar I should be able to see what the navigation image file name is.
This sure beats having to comb through code to find where the changes need to be made. It even gives you the line to find the code. It is a huge time saver. Before Firebug it was more or less trial and error. You would make the changes in the code, upload the new code, and then check your website to see if you like it. If you didn’t like the results it meant back to the drawing board to start over.
Firebug is Simple to Add to Firefox
If you are interested in using Firebug they make it very simple to do. It doesn’t work with Internet Explorer, but I for one don’t user IE much anyway. You can add on Firebug by going to the Firefox add-on section or to Firebug’s own webpage. Even if you aren’t a web designer you can have some fun playing around with this “powerful web development tool.”