Sometimes you may want the occasional functionality of an extension without the hassle of downloading one or having it constantly stuck in your browser when you are not using it. Bookmarks are a perfect solution, as they are secure, easy and frankly fun.
What is a bookmark?
By definition, a bookmark is defined as “a small program stored as a bookmark in a browser, which usually allows the user to interact with the loaded web page in some way.”
Bookmarks are extremely versatile in what they can do. Some can run a simple action on a page, such as translating a web page, while others can handle more complex tasks by taking you directly from a live page on your blog to the back of the content management system to edit it, for example. You have full control over them and can set them up to do exactly what you need them to do.
The benefits of bookmarks
Extensions also almost always run in the background, chopping up your computer’s resources, while bookmarks do not do or use anything until you run them. Bookmarks are a dramatically less resource-intensive alternative to extensions. They are also more secure than extensions, as there is no third party access, only you.
We recommend that you use bookmarks if you have a less powerful computer and do not mind the minimal manual labor involved in setting them up and running them.
Find and set up bookmarks
If you want to save one for a service like Pocket or Facebook, many of them are already ready for use. All you have to do is find the bookmarklet page and drag and drop it to your favorite / bookmarks toolbar.