10 Chrome Extensions You Need for Crowdfunding

On its own, Chrome is a pretty fantastic browser, but extensions increase its potential exponentially.

So, what are extensions, exactly? Essentially, they're small programs that add extra functionality to your web browser. For Chrome, there are thousands of available extensions which perform a huge variety of functions — everything from extensions that automatically find shopping coupons, to extensions that make your computer run faster. A visit to the Chrome Web Store Extensions page can be overwhelming, so we're going to simplify things for you.

For Chrome newbies, consider this your extensions starter pack. If you're a Chrome power user, you'll no doubt be familiar with some of these, but you might learn about some you've never heard of before. Once you try any one of these extensions, you won't know how you lived without them.

1. Feedly

With the death of Google Reader in 2013, Feedly quickly rose to take up Reader's mantle. For news junkies and those who need to keep up with a particular subject area, Feedly is essential. It compiles all your favorite sources into categorized feeds and a small icon at the bottom right of each page lets you add a feed to Feedly. It's RSS, but better. We use Feedly for Woodshed's curated content strategies.

2. Grammarly

Grammarly is spell check, but better. It offers contextual spell check and grammar advice, so if you're the sort to get your "its" and "it's" mixed up (definitely not this reporter nope no way), this extension will save you scores of embarrassment. If you're willing to shell out for a premium Grammarly membership, the extension will even suggest better vocab and check for plagiarism.

3. Giphy

Like emoji, GIFs have become an essential part of the Internet zeitgeist, but it can be a pain to find the exact one to impress all your friends with your vast internet skills. Giphy makes that a lot simpler by integrating a simple Gif search tool right in your browser. GIF's make backer updates and social media post lots more interactive and enjoyable.

4. Snip.ly

Sniply lets you add a custom call-to-action to any page on the web, allowing you to engage your followers through every link you share. For example, you can attach a button to the page that links to your own website, so that people can discover you while they read. This a great technique to use the months leading up to your campaign.

5. LastPass

The problem with passwords is that you have too many of them. For that reason, you probably make them all the same or similar, which is easier to remember, but less secure. LastPass solves both of these problems. It generates and remembers nearly impossible-to-crack passwords for each site that requires a login, all managed through one master password you choose.

6. Hunter

Hunter is the easiest way to find email addresses from anywhere on the web, with just one click. Use Hunter to locate the emails of influencers you need to connect with for your campaign.

7. Buffer

Buffer shares your content at the best possible times throughout the day so that your followers and fans see your updates more often. Get the most out of each post. Add the automation of Buffer to your social media to free up time for other tasks. 

8. News Feed Eradicator

Find yourself spending too much time on Facebook? Eradicate distractions by replacing your entire news feed with an inspiring quote. Running a crowdfunding campaign takes lots of time and effort so don't get lost in the Facebook trough of garbage.

9. Save to Pocket

This is one of many "save for later" services, but Pocket is one of the most popular and highly recommended of them all. If you see a great article you won't have time to read when you find it, a click on the Pocket icon saves it for later. It's cross-platform, and you can even tag things you save, which is excellent for the hyper-organized.

10. BuiltWith

Need to know how a website is built, or what tool a site is using? Use BuiltWith to discover what's under the hood of the websites that you love to visit. This tool is great to see what a competitor is doing with their website.