For anyone interested in examining websites to get ideas for making your own work better, the Firefox browser has always had all the great tools. Until now, that is, with the launch of the SEO Site Tools extension for Google Chrome. This simple, 5-second install adds a little icon to the top right of your Google Chrome browser which will give you masses of data about how a web page is performing in search engines and social media, as well as offering suggestions for improvements. It’s really rather excellent.
Of course, if you’re forced to use Microsoft Internet Explorer to browse the web, you won’t have access to any of these sorts of capabilities, and my commiserations. Internet Explorer has improved considerably in the past few years, but most web professionals agree it still offers a markedly inferior browsing experience to Firefox and the new kid on the block, Google Chrome. However, it still dominates the market because in many corporate environments, the IT department likes to standardise on Microsoft software, and at home, well, Internet Explorer comes with Windows and …it’ll do.
But if you’re an Internet Explorer user who isn’t forced to use it by an IT department more interested in making their own lives easier than in allowing you to do your job better, take a look at Firefox or Google Chrome. They’re free to download and use, they import all your Internet Explorer “favorites” and settings, and if for some reason you don’t get on with them, you can just go back to your old browser.