There’s nothing more annoying for any blogger than a browser that stops responding and eventually crashes. And as most of us have witnessed, it usually happens just before you are about to submit and publish that great post. Then you have to start all over again while wondering how come we are in the year 2010 and still have to deal with that sort of very annoying issues. And to make things even worse, you need to kill the entire browser application, losing all other open tabs and windows!
The good news for all bloggers, however is that with Google Chrome this is not necessarily the case.
The reason behind it is that Chrome is a multi-process browser. That means that by default each tab you open will be treated as a separate application and it will be ran as a separate process. That gives each tab the freedom to use up as many resources (e.g. memory, CPU) as it requires. There isn’t any limitation in the amount of resources a tab can demand apart from those imposed by the operating system.
That makes Chrome not just faster but also more secure as if a problem occurs to one tab or window (process) then you can just terminate that problematic process without the rest being affected.
Other popular browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer they are single-process browsers which means that if one tab or window crashes and you terminate (kill) the process, then you will lose all opened tabs and windows.
However, if you want to change the default behavior you are free do to so. A popular choice is to set one process-per-site so all open tabs that belong to the same site will be treated by one process only. So, if you have 10 different Amazon product pages open, they will run as one process, rather than 10, saving resources especially if your system is not very powerful. Nevertheless, if you want all your tabs to be dealt by a single process (e.g. like Firefox and IE) this is another possibility.
Use the built-in task manager to view and manage all different processes. Just press SHIFT+Esc and the task manager will appear with useful information such as memory usage, cpu usage and network bandwidth each tab (or web site) is currently taking up.
In the unlikely event you need even more details just click at ‘Stats for nerds’.
Start Chrome With Your Favorite Pages
Another useful unique feature is that Chrome makes it possible to launch opening up numerous of your favorite pages. Firefox and Internet Explorer allow just for one so that is another useful feature. Just click on the wrench icon that appears on the top-right corner and then choose:
Options -> Basics -> On startup: Choose Open the following pages and add your favorite URLs in.
There are numerous plugins available for Firefox but more and more similar plugins are becoming available for Chrome. What is the main difference though is that Chrome plugins can be instantly installed without then need to restart your browser. However, some plugins are unique and I have cherry picked a few I really like which are based on the unique architecture of the browser.
Chrome Dual View
This is a great feature for usability and SEO professionals as it allows for two different web sites to be browsed simultaneously in the same browser window. Available here. To get a list of your installed plugins just type about:plugins in the address bar.
Another unique feature is that you can open an incognito window so anything you visit won’t be stored in the browser history and no cookies will be stored. This is ideal for those who don’t want to leave traces behind. However, files you download and be preserved as well as bookmarks you may create. There are two ways to fire an incognito window:
1. Click on the wrench icon that appears on the top-right corner and then choose ‘New Ingognito Window’
2. Press simultaneously CTRL+SHIFT+N