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Firefox 7 – Good News for Domains

Posted on 01 October 2011 by Andrei

I upgraded to Firefox 7 earlier today and at this point, there are two features which make domains stand out: first of all, the http:// part has been removed and this makes it possible for the domain to receive more “attention” (as you can see if you take a look at the screenshot) and secondly, the actual domain (so domainingtips.com, for example) is displayed using a different and more visible color.

So if someone lands on domainingtips.com/2009-vs-2010-vs-2011.html, Firefox uses black to display domainingtips.com and gray to display 2009-vs-2010-vs-2011.html. In other words, another feature which makes the domain stand out. Feature #2 was implemented back when Firefox 6 went live but I didn’t notice feature #1 before installing Firefox 7, so it seems they just implemented it.

Here’s the screenshot btw:

15 Comments For This Post

  1. fizz Says:

    Hmmm, I also downloaded firefox7 this morning and while I’m seeing domaininingtips.com without the www (as above), the other domain websites that I have opened up from the domaining.com index, have the www in place.

  2. Learn Chinese--Easy Says:

    Yes, I noticed that yesterday. It’s definitely a plus for both the user and the business because the URL will hopefully be remembered more easily. That’s good thinking–don’t know if I would have thought of that!

  3. Kimarie Says:

    This already happens on Chrome.

  4. Andrei Says:

    @fizz: the “http://” part is being removed, not the “www” one. So for example instead of “http://www.thedomains.com”, you will see “www.thedomains.com” πŸ™‚

  5. Andrei Says:

    @Kimarie: I’m not a huge fan of Chrome’s approach to navigation to be perfectly honest. They want to make the URL bar go away (and that’s understandable from a business point of view since their agenda is increasing Google’s traffic/market share) but, fortunately, they will never do this since Chrome’s usability would go down the drain if they were to get rid of it.

  6. Andrei Says:

    Oh and the comment fizz posted reminded me of something: if a “www” is displayed in front of the domain, they use gray, so the same color as for the “2009-vs-2010-vs-2011.html” text I referred to in my initial example.

  7. son haberi Says:

    Chrome have been using this feature for a long time.it is good news to see same feature at firefox.

  8. Voltaire Says:

    Cool…

    @ DT – I notice a small version of your logo also appears in the URL bar, immediately in front of your domain…

    How can I get the logo on my sites to do the same?

    Thanks

  9. Andrei Says:

    @Voltaire:

    Here’s what you need to do if you want a custom favicon like the one I use for DomainingTips.com:

    Step 1) Turn the image you want to use (maybe your logo, maybe a different image) into a favicon.ico file: all you need to do is visit websites such as http://www.favicon.cc/, http://www.favicongenerator.com/ or http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/ and upload the image in question, you’ll be able to download the favicon.ico file right away.

    Step 2) Copy the favicon.ico file in your root folder (in most cases, it’s called β€œpublic_html”) or if you already have a favicon.ico file in your root folder, delete it and then copy the new one.

    Step 3) Place the following code on each page (in the [head][/head] section of the page) for which you want to use the custom favicon:

    [link rel=”shortcut icon” type=”image/x-icon” href=”favicon.ico” /]

    That’s it πŸ™‚

  10. Andrei Says:

    PS: replace [ with < and ] with > before using the line of code I mentioned. I had to use [ and ] instead of < and > because the text wouldn’t have appeared on the page otherwise.

  11. Voltaire Says:

    Excellent!!

    Many thanks, Andrei πŸ™‚

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