Two invaluable buttons for Firefox

Daniel Pataki
Jan 23, 2008
Updated • Nov 20, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

There are two buttons I always install when using Firefox, I have found that these not only shorten the time it takes me to do things, but they save me from a lot of frustration.

I use ftp a lot to transfer files to my own blog and when I really get into writing I can close and open it several times. I use Fire FTP, a Firefox extension that lets you transfer files via FTP protocol right there in your browser. This is an immensely useful tool, but to access it you need to go to the tools menu and select it from the list.

Luckily you can install the Fire FTP button that will let you access it from any toolbar. Remember, you won't see it after you install, you need to right-click a toolbar, click on customize, find the button and drag it to any toolbar. I placed it just to the left of my URL bar , so it's quite accessible.

fire ftp and clear cache buttonsMy other favorite is the clear cache button. Since I make modifications to my blog a lot, it won't always show up, since the blog is being loaded from the cache. This can only be helped if go to tools, click on clear private data (or press ctr+shift+del), uncheck all boxes except the cache and click ok. To be able to do this in less than five minutes, you can download the button, and install it in the same way as the FTP button. It's not as pretty, but very useful.


Update: If you do not want to use a clear cache button, you can alternatively simply use the Ctrl-F5 shortcut to force Firefox to retrieve the page you are on from the server. It boils down to a matter of preference more than anything else. If you prefer to use the mouse, install the clear cache button extension, if you use the keyboard more than the mouse, use the keyboard shortcut instead.


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  1. Arvin Bautista said on January 24, 2008 at 12:00 am

    wow, we wrote blog entries at almost the esame exact time regarding FireFTP. I just deleted my standalone FTP client because I liked it so much.

  2. Roman ShaRP said on January 24, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Since 2006 I prefer outside third-party cache utility HandyCahce. As for me,
    1) it is much more efective, than built-in cache
    2) I can share ONE cache for as much browsers as I want (Opera and FireFox at least), and even as many PC as I want (it allows outside access).
    3) I can turn it off when I don’t need it (but in most cases it autodetects changes on pages)
    4) It can grow gigabytes in size without any problems for browser and without big memory consumption .

    Occasionaly it hangs, or throws error, but that not too often – and I can reload it in seconds.
    And sites like Youtube don’t on good terms with it, but in Firefox I can made flexible acces settingss FoxyProxy extension.

    Only one major drawback: it hosts thousands of files, so checkdisk or defrag can take a long time.

  3. Roman ShaRP said on January 24, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Forgot to say – it’s free, and from December got it’s own FF extension (Opera integration app exists too).

  4. Martin said on January 24, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Roman can you post a link to Handy Cache please.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on January 24, 2008 at 12:49 am

    One more I forgot – that program designed for Russian-speakers though (program itself got english and polish .lng files).

  6. Martin said on January 24, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Thanks Roman I will take a look at it.

  7. Roman ShaRP said on January 24, 2008 at 12:54 am

    If you will stuck with Russian interface – I think I can made custom archive with English for you (AFAIR I moved it from one disk to another last summer by simple copying – so it must be somewhat portable).

  8. Martin said on January 24, 2008 at 12:59 am

    That would be really nice Roman

  9. Roman ShaRP said on January 24, 2008 at 1:08 am

    OK, but not today, sorry… MB tomorrow.

  10. u said on January 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    You can simply press shift while loading a page to circumvent the cache. Not need to flush the cache.

  11. Ibor Daru said on January 24, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Uhm, just a remark the fireFTP button is already there….:

    ‘you need to right-click a toolbar, click on customize, find the button and drag it to any toolbar. I placed it just to the left of my URL bar , so it’s quite accessible’

  12. Vivek said on January 24, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    and for cache thingy ..
    just press Ctrl+F5 or Ctrl+Shift+R .. that’ll override cache. No need to clear entire (valueble) cache

  13. Syahid A. said on January 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    The clear cache button will be most useful for me. Tried FireFTP before but I am sticking to my FileZilla.

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