Google Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world—and for good reason. It’s fast, features a clean design, has a great tab management system, and takes seconds to install. But what makes Chrome truly outmatch all other browsers is its sheer extensibility. Using the Chrome Web Store, users can browse through a vast library of apps and extensions to customize their browsing experience.
In fact, there is such a large number of apps and extensions of so many different types in the Web Store library that it can quickly become too confusing. So we’ve put together this list of 25 must-have Chrome extensions and apps specifically keeping in mind the need of bloggers. If we missed something that you think deserves to be on this list, do let us know in comments. Okay, let’s get started:
Have you ever wondered how you should begin an email when writing to someone for the first time? Should you go with a formal “hello” or a more casual “hey”? Should you be brief or verbose? Subtle or direct? With Crystal, you’ll never have to wonder again.
Crystal helps you tailor your emails based on the personality of the person you’re writing to. Crystal makes profiles of people based on public data (tweets, blog posts, forum posts) available on them and then uses this information to help you understand what kind of communication they would respond best to—it actually works a bit like magic.
Pocket won the Webby award for best productivity app of 2014 and has a user base of 15 million people. It’s a simple tool that helps you to save articles, videos and more for later consumption.
With Pocket, all of your content goes to one place, so you can view it anytime, on any device. You don’t even need an Internet connection. Don’t lose track of things by emailing yourself links or letting tabs pile up in your browser.
Just save them to Pocket. If you want to access the items that you’ve saved to your pocket from within the browser, you can use the unofficial PickPocket extension.
3. Google Docs to WordPress
While Word has built-in functionality, that allows users to post directly to different blogging platforms, users of Google Docs have no such luxury. They have to manually copy-paste and format everything, which can be quite a pain.
Google Docs to WordPress turns this into a simple one-click process. Simply open your document with Google Docs to WordPress and click “create post(s)”. Your new post is now on WordPress, styled to fit your WordPress theme.
The app also allows you to upload several posts at once, publish posts automatically, change the size of large photos to fit posts, and create links to display these images in full size (for instance, in order to view screenshots in detail).
Grammarly keeps a check on your spelling and grammar when you’re writing online and ensures that you never make a typo or end up looking dumb because of misplacing an apostrophe. It works almost anywhere you may be writing online—including but not limited to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.
Grammarly scans your text in real-time for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement. If you’re looking for an alternative, check out After the Deadline, an open source tool with similar functionality.
It’s almost too easy to waste time on the Internet these days with content-rich websites like Cracked, Upworthy, Reddit, 9GAG, BuzzFeed, YouTube, TED, and what have you. Sometimes a little self-imposed restriction is just what’s needed to squeeze out that little extra bit of productivity.
Block site allows you to selective block websites that you know are taking up a significant chunk of your time and causing drops in productivity. Apart from websites, you can block content by keywords, set time durations for when Block site should be active and set uninstall protection.
Buffer is the easiest, smartest and most frictionless way to share content on social media. Whenever you come across something interesting that you want to share on your social networks, all you need to do is click on the Buffer button and a box will show up which will let you choose multiple networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+) and either share the content instantly with one click or schedule it to be shared at a later time. It’s so easy to use; you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
Gmail Offline beta is an extension by Google that allows users to search, read, respond to, and archive emails without a working internet connection. After the initial installation, a copy of all emails in your Gmail account is downloaded and kept as a local copy on the computer, which can be accessed anytime without a network connection—whenever the computer finds a connection next, all the messages and queued actions performed offline are synchronized with the email server. The minimalist UI is easy to use and retains all functionality.
Feedly is one the best (if not the best) RSS readers out there. And this official extension makes it even better by adding additional functionality. Using Feedly Mini, you can easily add websites to your Feedly, save pages for later viewing, email pages, tweet pages, share pages on Facebook, save pages to Evernote, and curate and tag pages.
Another Feedly extension you may want to look at is Feedly Notifier which gives real-time notifications of new updates in your Feedly and lets you view updates from within the extension without having to open a new tab or window. It also adds a bunch of functionality apart from this.
As any web security expert will tell you, having a universal password for all the websites is not a good idea—if one gets hacked; all others are at risk too. Maintaining a unique password for every website can quickly become unmanageable.
That’s where LastPass comes in. It’s a feature-rich password management suite that stores logins and passwords for every website you choose to add into its encrypted database and auto fills them whenever you visit that website next so that you don’t have to do it manually. Apart from its core functionality, it has tons of other useful features to make your online experience smoother and more secure.
Clearly takes the clutter out of reading online and makes it a pleasure again. With one click, Clearly removes all unnecessary page elements such as sidebars, ads, and social buttons from blogs, articles, and web pages—allowing you to focus on the thing that matters to you most—content. It also allows you to view multi-page articles on a single page.
If you’re an avid Evernote user, you’re in luck because Clearly is designed by Evernote and therefore offer seamless integration with it. If you’re looking for an alternative, check out Readability.
Limitless is an app that turns the otherwise blank new tab page into a personalized dashboard that shows you where your time is being spent, helps you keep track of your goals, and provides friendly suggestions on how to be more productive.
In one view, you will be able to know how much time you spent on specific websites or even break it down by categories such as social, work, learning, and more. It also has a smart notepad that comes with a to-do manager, a reminder app, and a countdown clock.
Stop searching online dictionaries each time you come across a new word and let this extension by Google do it for you. It’s pretty simple. Just install the extension, double click on any word whose meaning you would like to know—and voila!—a tooltip will appear offering its dictionary definition. It also allows you to save a history of all the words that you’ve looked up and access them later, helping you build a better vocabulary over a period of time.
Writer is a minimalist writing environment used by 6,42,000 writers across the world. There are countless text editors in the world, but Writer’s uniqueness lies in its simplicity—the writing experience here has been distilled to its purest form—there are no fonts, no bold, no italics, nothing but words.But just because it’s minimal doesn’t mean it lacks functionality. It comes with a host of features such as automatic saving, offline access, color customization, word counter, and export to PDF or text.
But just because it’s minimal doesn’t mean it lacks functionality. It comes with a host of features such as automatic saving, offline access, color customization, word counter, and export to PDF or text.
Subject research takes up a big chunk of any blogger’s time. Using the right tools can save you a bunch of time at this stage. Evernote is one of the best note-taking and archiving software in the market and this official extension makes the process of saving content to Evernote a lot simpler.
With a single click, you can save webpages, PDFs, Gmail conversations, articles, selected text, and images, and then share them via email or your social networks.
If you’re anything like the average Internet user, you probably have 10+ tabs open in your browser right now. It’s an easy thing to do, one link leads to another link leads to another link and before you know it, you have so many tabs open that you can’t keep track of them.
And then you don’t close the tabs because you’re afraid you’ll lose track of them forever. You also can’t keep them because they hog memory.Session Buddy solves this problem by letting you to save and restore entire sessions whenever you like. It also helps restore sessions in case the browser or the system crashes in the midst of work.
Session Buddy solves this problem by letting you to save and restore entire sessions whenever you like. It also helps restore sessions in case the browser or the system crashes in the midst of work.
Google’s publisher toolbar helps web publishers and professional bloggers view data about their AdSense, Ad Exchange, and DoubleClick for Publisher accounts from one interface within the browser.
The toolbar allows publishers to block any unsuitable creatives that they don’t wish to display on their websites. Post installation, all the ad units on your website also get an overlay which conveniently displays useful information such as the buyer name, display URL, and a summary reporting on the ad unit including performance metrics, such as clicks, RPM and estimated revenue.
Tired of losing track of your ideas? Keep track of them easily with Google Keep. It lets you quickly save notes, lists, and photos. If you’re in a rush, you can just record a memo and Keep will automatically transcribe and save it for you.
You can color code and add labels to organize your data and can also easily find it using the search function. Keep offers real-time collaboration so you can work together with friends, family, and coworkers. Lastly, it is compatible across all devices so you have all your notes available to you anywhere, anytime.
In this age of online sharing, URL shortners are a godsend, and Bitly is among the best of them. Its official extension lets you save content from your browser to your Bitly account, customize Bitlinks with calls-to-action and other messaging, share Bitlinks via email and social networks, organize your Bitlinks through notes and bundles, and adjust privacy settings for your Bitlinks easily as you create them.
The most popular SEO extension for Chrome, Open SEO Stats shows the Google PageRank, AlexaRank, Compete Rank, and QuantCast Rank of the current webpage, along with quick access to information about backlinks, indexed pages, cached pages, socials, Whois, Geo IP location, and more.In just one glance, it gives you a complete and comprehensive overview of a website’s SEO stats, traffic stats, page information, link stats, page speed, and other miscellaneous information.
In just one glance, it gives you a complete and comprehensive overview of a website’s SEO stats, traffic stats, page information, link stats, page speed, and other miscellaneous information.
Every hero needs a sidekick and Sidekick is that sidekick to the hero that your email is. All of us rely so much on email and yet for years there hasn’t really been anything in the way of innovation from most email providers save for improvement of existing features.
With Sidekick, you’ll be able to see detailed contact profiles of people including their title, company, social profiles, and recent tweets right in your inbox. You’ll also be able to see when and how many times they’ve opened your emails—so you never have to feel like you’re shooting in the dark ever again.
Checker Plus is Gmail on steroids. It expands the functionality of your favorite email client by adding a host of new features such as instant desktop notifications for new emails, popup mail preview window that lets you read, reply and archive emails without leaving the current tab, multiple account management, voice-based notifications, and the ability to monitor custom labels.If you’re a power Gmail use and have more than one account, this is a must-have extension.
If you’re a Gmail power user, this is a must-have extension.
Fireshot eliminates the whole print screen, paste, edit, and save routine by letting you quickly and easily grab screenshots of webpages and save them as a JPEG, PDF, GIF, PNG, and BMP from within Chrome. You can capture entire web pages, capture only the visible part of a webpage or even manually select the area that needs to be captured.Apart from that, you can crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas, and apply other effects to your captures.
Apart from that, you can crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas, and apply other effects to your captures.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the work that we’re doing that we completely lose track of time. While that may be good for your work, it may not be so good for your health. It’s been proven that sitting for prolonged periods of time is literally killing us. And even if hypothetically you don’t care about your health, working at a stretch without taking breaks results in sharp declines in productivity.But Break Helper is here to help. It’s just a simple extension that lets you know when you need to take your next break. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Don’t be Jack.
But Break Helper is here to help. It’s just a simple extension that lets you know when you need to take your next break. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Don’t be Jack.
Google Quick Scroll is a handy little extension that gets you to what you’re searching for faster than ever before. Once you land on a page from Google search, a popup message from Quick Scroll may appear in the bottom right corner of the screen, showing one or two pieces of text that may be relevant to your search query.Clicking on this text will take you straight to that part of the page so you don’t have to spend time scrolling through the entire page looking for something specific.
Clicking on this text will take you straight to that part of the page so you don’t have to spend time scrolling through the entire page looking for something specific.
It’s happened to all of us. You’re in the middle of filling a form online and suddenly the browser or the system crashes and you have to do the whole thing all over again. It’s one of the most frustrating experiences you have to go through and an Internet user. But don’t worry, Lazarus is here to help.This form recovery extension automatically saves your form data as you enter it so that if the unforeseen happens, your form can be filled back up with stored information in just one click.
This form recovery extension automatically saves your form data as you enter it so that if the unforeseen happens, your form can be filled back up with stored information in just one click.
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