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Firefox Personas

June 22nd, 2007 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

Along with add-ons, Firefox provides hundreds of various themes to suit a personality for your browsing experience. However, there is something missing for customizing Firefox with your own way of branding.

Well, Mozilla's Chris Beard has created an extension to customize your Firefox even more with a skinning extension called Personas. Personas uses a web service to provide a pre-made list of images for the top toolbar and the status bar on the bottom.

After installing the add-on, you'll notice that a Firefox avatar is located in the lower left of your toolbar. Left-click on the icon to see a list of personas for Firefox. Select one and see it immediately change your Firefox browser. No restart is necessary.

If you feel like creating your own, there is a Personas tutorial on the site. Well, kind of. To be honest, there is really not much involved in creating your own Firefox persona. When designing your Persona, the top graphic should be a dimension of 3000px wide by 200px tall and the bottom status bar graphic should be a dimension of 3000px wide by 22px tall. Submit your two graphics to him through email and, one day your Persona will show up as an option.

When I installed the extension, I didn't have any conflicts with other add-ons. Firefox Personas works like a charm and provides a touch of personality to your browsing experience. Now, Isn't that what we all want?

The one thing that I'm wondering about this extension is that when others catch wind of this add-on, will there be a limit of how many personas can be shown in that selection menu? It could get overwhelming. And to be honest, I definitely see this extension becoming more popular and possibly even becoming part of Firefox in the future.

Chris, Excellent extension and it deserves a rating of 5/5.