Some websites don’t look the way we want them to look, they don’t have the functionality we need, and sometimes they do stuff we really don’t want them to, like displaying stacks of ads or spawn popups at every move. There are a couple of key tools you should use (with the Firefox web browser to help you take control of other people’s websites. The first is AdBlock Plus, which blocks most ads, and can be disabled on a site by site basis. The second is NoScript, which allows you to block almost any script a site might be running and so prevent it from doing stuff you don’t want it to. These two together can block pretty much everything and as such could be the bane of website advertising.
But, perhaps the most powerful tool is Greasemonkey. Greasemonkey allows you to modify the way sites are displayed in your browswer as well as a whole lot more. I’ve highlighted several applications of Greasemonkey scripts here before. They include autoscrolling search result pages, changing GMail layout, compressing Akismet spam listings and many more. But, here’s a neat video showing you how to install Greasemonkey on Firefox.