Must have chrome extensions to boost your productivity

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In our last blog post, we shared the must have Chrome extensions for a professional developer. In this blog we are drilling further down into the endless list of available extensions to bring you the very best there is when it comes to boosting productivity — plus some handy tools and tips along the way.

Claw back valuable minutes or even hours, by building the use of these awesome extensions into your daily work.

1) Unlimited free vpn hola

You can access websites blocked or censored in your country, company or school and stream media. A really wonderful thing about this extension is that it does not link to neither does it encourage the download of any other products — it’s fully functional as all by itself, without requiring any additional download/component. Nice!

Why we love it?

Hola is a free, ad-free and provides a faster and more open internet. And if that’s not enough, it’s really easy to use and you can try out shows from different countries with just a click of your mouse.

2) The Great Suspender

Automatically suspends unused tabs to free up system resources and reduce the memory footprint of Chrome.

You can configure a period of time after your tabs are auto-suspended or they can be suspended manually — you can also whitelist tabs that are important to stay active. Suspended tabs will still be there even after closing and reopening your browser, which prevents tonnes of tabs reloading at once after a restart.

Why we love it?

It is very simple with a very intuitive interface and most importantly it helps to reduce Chrome’s memory footprint for those developers who like to have lots of tabs open at the same time.

3) OneTab

We’ve all done it — opened tab after tab and suddenly realised we’re swimming in the things! If this is you on a regular basis then OneTab is a dream solution for you. Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert them all into a list. When you need to access them again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

Why we love it?

When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.

4) Grammarly

The permanent nature of posting things online means those little grammatical errors or typos will haunt you, probably forever. Right?

Well, not anymore! Why not try the Grammarly extension, which will spell check your text as well as conduct comprehensive grammar checks when communicating online.

The really great about Grammarly is that it helps you write clearly and confidently on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and nearly anywhere else on the Web. It also spots erroneous use of lots of commonly confused words — think lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re — great, huh?

Why we love it?

It’s really effective and catches many of the little things a busy and tired human eye can miss. Like all word checks though, it also has some limitations and not all of the suggestions are right (esp. industry jargon). But once you’ve tried it you won’t publish without it again!

5) Hootsuite Hootlet

When you are a social media marketer you know that finding, organising and sharing content on social media can consume a lot of valuable time. Well, why not try Hootsuite’s Hootlet Chrome extension? It lets you quickly share web pages to all of your social networks with just one click — you can access and share content from anywhere on the web, find photos, videos, blog posts and quotes.

Why we love it?

With Hootlet, you can search social content as easily as you search Google, share directly from any page, highlight any text and automatically compose a message to share, search location relevant social shares, and share images and video effortlessly.

6) Page Analytics (by Google)

The Page Analytics Chrome extension allows you to see how customers interact with your web pages instantly, including what they click and don’t click.

And how does it work exactly? When you view a web page for which you have Google Analytics access, you’ll see:

  • Google Analytics metrics: pageviews, unique pageviews, average time on page, bounce rate, and %exit
  • Number of active visitors, in real time
  • In-page click analysis: (where users click)

Why we love it?

Using the Page Analytics extension is an excellent and fast way to know what is and what is not working on your websites. A must have for marketers, and basically everyone with a website.

7) Send from Gmail (by Google)

If you are a committed Gmail user, this extension is just for you. Adding this to your browser makes Gmail your default email application and provides a button to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email.

This extension will open a ‘compose’ window in Gmail when you click any email address on a webpage. It also provides a button that will create a Gmail message when clicked, using the page title as the subject and selected page text and link address as the message.

Why we love it?

It is an amazing extension, for people who like to read a lot and keep mailing a lot. With this you can forget about the pain and hassle of copy pasting.

8) Save to Pocket

We live in a time where fresh content is uploaded faster than we can possibly read it. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a way of saving content for later? You know, for the train ride home or when you get home and find there’s nothing on the TV? The best way to save articles, videos and more is adding the Save to Pocket extension to your browser.

When you find something in Chrome that you want to view later, put it in Pocket with just one click. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection.

Why we love it?

Being able to save anything from anywhere to read or view later is brilliant, you can also categorise your articles by adding tags, so finding one afterwards is a piece of cake.

9) Todoist: To-Do list and Task Manager

This sleek to-do app keeps you organised, focused, and more productive and is accessible on Google Chrome, mobile devices, desktop, browser, Gmail, and more.

With Todoist you can set recurring dates easily with a built-in calendar; nest related tasks by creating sub-tasks within projects and add emails as tasks directly from Gmail or Outlook.

Why we love it?

Very easy to use and works very well with the GTD system. It works beautifully across all your devices so you can boost productivity and do more each day.

Have we tempted you to try a few out? Remember these are just a few of many that we find helpful when it comes to saving time in your day. But you can find many other articles like this one from the Huffington Post, which also suggests some great extensions worth trying out.

If you’re using a great extension, tell us about it in the comments so we can give it a go ourselves.