Firefox is a great browser in its own right, but the whole magic in Firefox lies in Firefox Extensions. Of course, there are many users who have no idea about extensions and go on using Firefox like a regular browser. No harm! Yet they should know what they are missing out on! 🙂
This post is about one of the coolest Firefox extensions I have ever used, called Performancing for Firefox.
To begin with, you can install this extension at this link: Performancing for Firefox
(If you want to know how to install Firefox extensions, read this tutorial at mozmonkey)
Performancing is a blogging tool. It is a WYSIWYG editor for your blog. After you install it, you should restart Firefox. Then you will find a small button that looks like a notepad, on your browser’s status bar. Click on this. The Performancing extension is ready for use.
You must initially configure your blog account into this. You can configure blogs from all the major blog hosts. From there, you need not login to your blog ever again to publish a new post.
To configure your blog, click the Add button at the bottom right. It opens up the Performancing Account Wizard.
Type your blog url and click Check URL.
If the url is correct then you will be asked to login to your account.
Provide your username and password.
It will immediately list all the
blogs you host from the specified blog account. You can choose the ones
you want to use Performancing with.
And voila! It appears in the list of blogs at the right side.
You can type your blog post out, add links and images, and format text. You can also add technorati tags using the Publishing Options button. You can save the posts as draft or publish them to your blog directly with the Publish to: button. To edit a previous post, you can go to History and click on the post you want to edit. After making changes, click on Publish as Edit.
For WordPress users, it also provides a Categories list with which you can choose categories for your posts.
Now for the interesting part. Performancing has a few addons. One such addon allows you to make posts to your Myspace blog.
Another addon is OakFlickr. You can find it in this link: OakFlickr
With OakFlickr you can upload and add your Flickr images directly to your blog posts. This saves a lot of trouble to photobloggers.
Interestingly enough, this whole post has been typed on Performancing for Firefox. All the images were uploaded using OakFlickr. Now, do you have reason enough to try it? 🙂