Okay. So you’re one of those folks that took the plunge and decided to go anti-Mr. Softee and switch to Firefox. Well there is no doubt that Firefox has left its mark on the browser scene. The statistics are impressive. Looking at our server logs alone, Firefox browsing is making up 30% of our visitor hits! With that much activity it’s no wonder that more and more blog designers are trying to make sure their blogs are optimized for Firefox as well as IE (not always an easy task!).[ADBLOCKHERE]
Then there is optimizing Firefox itself. The browser is open source designed such that there is quite a bit of flexibility built into it at the disposal of the end user IF they know how to access it. There are bits and pieces of information on the web on how to do this of course, and you can also download specific tweaking extensions into the browser as well. Lots of unorganized and decentralized information exists along with countless differences of opinion.
Hyper Tuning Firefox: A Blogger’s Guide, which was put together by the folks at the ZZ OpenWeb, combines detailed instructions researched from software engineers across the web into six areas of optimization written with the blogger in mind. They have recognized that bloggers as a whole are more interested in their content than the inner workings of the browser they are using.
First a little background on why you would want to fine-tune such a great browser in the first place. In fact right about now you are wondering, if it is so good “out of the box”, why mess with it? The answer has to do with the fact that a good deal of Firefox was designed in an “open source” environment. In fact, that customization is part of its power. Since the Mozilla Foundation is not really a corporation but a consortium of web developers dedicated to the idea that more of the software code we have on our PCs should be “open” to the general public, it does not have a vested interest in “hiding” features from it’s users. It was designed instead to adapt to a number of various PC / Network configurations and installations. Understanding how to make those adjustments can be intimidating for users who are not computer professionals. We will share some tips on how to do just that!
The guide proceeds to go into six key areas to CUSTOMIZE not only the browser but the cache and how your operating system interfaces with Firefox.
Here is one of the six tips, for example:
TIP 1. Adjust the Memory Cache
Firefox is supposed to dynamically release memory from its RAM cache to other Windows applications as needed. Firefox power users recommend limiting the memory cache using the Configuration Console. This frees up memory for other apps, speeding up everything to a greater or a lesser extent, depending on your machine and the applications you run. Here’s how the trick works:
Step 1. Type about:config into Firefox’s Address Bar and press Enter.
Step 2. Right-click any row, then click New, Integer. Type or paste the following preference name into the dialog box that appears (this is a hidden preference that doesn’t exist in the Configuration Console until you create it): browser. cache.memory.capacity
Step 3. Click OK, then enter the following integer number into the next dialog box, representing 16 MB of RAM for the cache: 16000
Step 4. Click OK to close the dialog box, then close all instances of
Firefox and restart it.
The tips translate information from software engineering buzzwords that abound in an open source environment and render it into simple step by step instructions.
The other slick thing is that they have included some freeware optimization software to get the user up to a basic level so that all the tips can be optimized. Again with the blogger in mind, full instructions on how to use the optimization software and TUNE for your OWN PC configuration and Internet access speed.
If you have downloaded FireFox and it is still in it’s vanilla configuration and you are not a computer geek, this guide is well worth the investment.
Hyper Tuning Firefox: A Blogger’s Guide is written in PDF format and can be found on the OpenWeb or by doing a search on the publication’s name.Powered by Sidelines