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One of the great things about Firefox is the huge number of useful add-ons available to customize and streamline your browsing experience. One such extension is the brand-new Search Site extension, which lets you easily search the site you’re on for a word or phrase. The […]

One of the great things about Firefox is the huge number of useful add-ons available to customize and streamline your browsing experience. One such extension is the brand-new Search Site extension, which lets you easily search the site you’re on for a word or phrase.

The normal method to search a site is to use the “site:”  parameter in a search engine query. Searching for “Twitter site:webworkerdaily.com” in Google will return all of the pages on WebWorkerDaily that discuss Twitter, for example. I use this type of search all the time, but it does require a little typing.

Search Site gives you a couple of ways to simplify the process. Firstly, it adds a green magnifying glass button to your regular Firefox search bar, which searched the site you’re currently on when you click it.

Seach Site button added to Firefox search bar

Search Site button added to Firefox search bar

Search Site also adds a “Search Site for selection” option to your context menu. You can highlight a word on a page, right-click and search the site you’re currently on.

Search Site context menu option

Search Site context menu option

Both options return results from whichever search engine is currently selected in your search bar.

Although Search Site is an experimental add-on (meaning it hasn’t been tested by Mozilla yet), it’s working well on my machine and is compatible with Firefox 3 and Firefox 3.5 beta 4.

What Firefox extensions do you use to streamline your browsing experience?

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By Simon Mackie

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  1. If you simply want to add site search without the resource overhead of an addon, there are Google Site Search bookmarklets. I’m using the one at http://www.searchengineshowdown.com/bmlets/ with success.

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  2. I love firefox!
    browser with the very complete add-ons

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  3. @Rob S. – yep, that’s a good suggestion. I like this add-on, though.

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  4. I use several extensions, chief among them:

    1. Scrapbook – which scrapes pages and keeps them locally. Very useful when I want to quickly check on my personal information store

    2. XMarks (was Foxmarks): I used to use Google for syncing bookmarks but now use XMarks to sync my bookmarks which are very critical to me between all my devices & PCs.

    3. Feedly! – I love it – it allows me to share through FriendFeed OR GoogleReader

    4. Shareholic (useful to Twit or FF items)

    5. Delicious

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  5. [...] 8th, 2009 (4:00pm) Samuel Dean No Comments As Simon noted in his review of the Search Site Firefox extension, some browser extensions can really help streamline online searching. One of the best extensions [...]

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  6. Really strange – this extension is no longer available from mozilla, and there is NOTHING on their plugins site that does this either! I am a new FF user, I used site searches all the time when I had IE and the Google toolbar, and would have expected this functionality to be built in to the FF search bar.

    Unless this extension is available elsewhere (if so, please tell me!), I have found an alternative that adds ‘search current site’ as a selectable search engine: http://w-shadow.com/blog/2007/12/01/search-the-current-site-a-firefox-extension/

    It doesn’t install by default on FF 3.5.x, but if you download the extension, rename it to a zip file, then edit install.rdf and change 3.0.* to 3.5.* and re-zip/rename it, it will install and work fine.

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