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Four Firefox Plugins To Make Pages Load Faster

by Sean P. Aune | March 28, 2010March 28, 2010 3:35 pm PST

No matter how fast your Internet connection may be, you will still encounter pages that don’t load as quickly as you would like due to coding problems, too much Flash or any other handful of problems.  These Firefox plugins will help you load your pages a bit faster by just tweaking a few settings here and there.

AutoPager: AutoPager will begin loading the next page of a site as you near the bottom of the page so that you can continue to scroll down withoutever having to click on a “Next” button.  This would be especially handy on a blog and could allow you to keep reading for as long as you like bu just scrolling down the page you landed on.

The extension will work with most of the most popular extensions and also with the majority of the major sites such as Google.  (example shown below)

autopager

FasterFox: One of the oldest and best known Firefox extensions, Fasterfox allows you to tweak many performance settings in the browser including how quickly pages will render.  It also uses a “prefetching” system to begin caching all the pages that are linked to on the site you are currently reading by using your idle bandwidth.

fasterfox

Low Quality Flash: Just as the name of the extension implies, it lowers the rendering quality of Flash so that it will load much faster.  While it only changes the tags to reduce the load time of Flash embeds, depending on how much of it is on the page, it can greatly speed up the time it takes to load a page.

low quality flash

Tweak Network: Tweak Network allows you to manipulate some hidden Firefox network settings that will allow you to load pages faster and increase the maximum number of possible connections.

tweaknetwork


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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