A guide to optimizing your Mozilla Firefox browser performance
Just wrote this on overclock.net. Taking it straight from there now.
This one's for all you firefox loyalists there like me :bleh:
Just a few tips I might share to speed up firefox performance...
Have fun on the interwebz then! :punk:
To end this off nicely, I'll tell a little story of my own. I've been a firefox user for a few years; I've been loyal, never switching, and adhering to new versions where possible. I can tell you that with firefox 4 now out soon, it's paid off. My personal browser is snappier than others such as chrome in all respects and I get to keep the level of customization & options I had before when firefox was king. Here's what my firefox interface looks like right now; perhaps something that might inspire you:
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A few tips for the firefox illiterate:
Do not even try to support that! The 3.x status bar is incredibly useful for me and the "status4ever" addon DOES NOT COMPARE!
Gayzilla also completely ruined the UI of FF4. Mozilla, die in a fire you useless shitstains! >:(
Stop changing things to coddle the retarded morons and GIVE ME MY FIREFOX BACK!
If you don't want to remove the status bar... up to you. I'm just saying, to be able to keep your mouse floating around the top without having to suddenly go to the bottom is much faster, and a lot of addons with statusbar buttons also have toolbar buttons anyway that you could place on the hidden vertical toolbar.
There are ways to force addon compatibility with the newest firefox. This one seems simple and could probably work on firefox 4 anyway. I do that with a lot of my addons.
FF4's UI can still be modified and made no different from the original firefox. You could download or import an original firefox theme, and if you ever right click on the tab bar, you may notice that the "tabs on top" option can be unchecked.
Most of the time I do not access the addons I use; I also try to use as few as possible. My biggest problem is that even with status4ever, the URLs shown in the status bar get truncated and setting it to allow a higher char count does not work. Somewhere there is a hardcoded size limit for addons in the 'addon bar'.
Granted, with Firefox Throttle I do hover my cursor over it sometimes but my cursor is all over my screen anyway and it is not frequent enough to bother me. I fuckin love that addon though, it is pure awesome. I can see how much BW FF is using at any time, I can see how much it has used during the current session, and if I am on someone else's connection or I have someone I like over here on my shitty one I can be a courteous person and not hog the BW if I have HTTP downloads going.
It is just handy to have around, if some page is assraping my connection even though it otherwise appears to have fully loaded I can kill it or hunt for whatever the embedded shit is that is sucking up my BW and block it.(this happens when people like to put small flash based things on their site that auto-load, for example. I have no tolerance for that.)
The only only good thing about FF4 is that they seem to have at least a partial handle on that memory leak that FF has had since forever.
I think Adblock Plus is broken with Firefox 5.0, I'm going to turn off autoupdate of Firefox from now on, I have ads showing up on pages where they didn't before.
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