How One App Fixed all My Mac Chrome Woes
Chrome on a Mac can be buggy, slow, and unreliable, but I found Chrome SSB and that made me fall in love with Google Chrome on OS X again.
Chrome on a Mac can be buggy, slow, and unreliable. For me, that’s partly because of all the extensions and customization I have. I don’t want to give them up, but I don’t want a messed up Chrome. The cool thing is I found Chrome SSB, which made me fall in love with Google Chrome on macOS again.
A site-specific browser app creates a customized app for a website. The app has its own preferences, extensions, and cookies. Fluid for Safari already does this, but Mac Chrome users were left out of the party. Once I found Chrome SSB, I created site-specific apps along with just the extensions I needed for that site.
For example, when I shop at Amazon, I use the price matching and comparison extension, and when I use my Facebook SSB, I have all that stuff off but turn on my Facebook extension. I could use an extension manager each time I browse a different page, but that’s a pain, and I never do it.
The other reason I like SSB is I have a ton of Google logins; one for my business, another for my alma mater, and yet another for my non-profit volunteer work. I have a different extension for each of these. Switching is a pain. Now I have a separate app for every Google login. Any site you go to is a good candidate for a stand-alone app. I’m likely to get distracted by social media, so using a stand-alone app instead of a browser keeps me on course. Yes, I could just navigate to Facebook, but that’s an extra step.
Getting Started With Chrome SSB
First, you need to download and install Chrome-SSB from GitHub. After you launch the app, it asks you which URL to use for your site-specific browser app. I, of course, chose groovyPost for this example.
If you want to add a custom icon, Chrome-SSB gives you the option. I usually add it afterward. Then you name your app and save it.
Here I named it groovyPost, but I also have ones for my different Google Voice accounts and some social media sites. These apps are easy to find with a Spotlight search.
Configuring Your Site-Specific Browser
After you create your app, the cookies, logins, and bookmarks stay within that app. In this example, I’m logging into my groovyPost email. All the bookmarks and extensions I need for writing or browsing groovyPost are right there.
Customizing my browsing experience for an individual website in Chrome keeps it from being slow and unreliable. I load just the extensions I want and stay focused on the work. To prevent my extensions from synchronizing to these SSBs, I turn off Sync Everything under the Advanced Sync Settings.
If you’re a Mac user, give Chrome SSB a shot and let us know how you think about it in the comment section below.