Startific!

startific

Startific looks like a duplicate of your desktop, for the web. Icons serve for links, and it includes some flashy 3D graphics, boldly going against current trends.

Performance:
The website loads quite slowly, likely caused by the heavy graphics that are loaded. Moving widgets around doesn’t snap them to grid so it causes memory errors & warning all over the place.

UX:
The website can be clean if you’re willing to do the work. Well, except for the huge “Ad” widget that keeps coming back. Pretty annoying. Also, I wish I could have the background in plain solid colors instead of images that make icon text hard to read, but I can take comfort in the fact that I can always just upload a solid color JPG will do the trick.

Slowness is a killer. And if you’re trying to add a bookmark: forget about it. Couldn’t be more difficult. You actually need to upload or provide a URL to an image for each and every tile you add! It’s an incredible amount of hard work. I just gave up halfway through and started uploading the same image for all of my tiles. Also when used bigger pictures, it just froze, multiple times. Updating is not easy either, as you need to click exactly on the center of a micro cogwheel, otherwise it just visits the link. Not good.

Features:
This site’s main function is to keep bookmarks organized.

Export:
Exporting your bookmarks is not possible.

Available for:
All major platforms and browsers

Pricing:
Free to use. Paid version available to remove the Ad.

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AllMyFaves

allmyfaves

AllMyFaves is a start page with small neat icons all over the page. It’s slightly flashy on the eyes but creates a visual compilation of all of your links.

Performance:
The website loads slowly. Maybe it’s the number of images/icons loaded, else the servers or code need an upgrade, ASAP. Switching tabs works reasonably fast.

UX:

In the homepage, a huge banner appears right in front of you at the top of the page. On the “my faves” page the banners are gone, but there are a “Most popular” and “Weekly faves” categories that cannot be moved or deleted at the bottom of the page, and a massive waste of space at the top of the page with a whole bunch of links to add more tabs/bookmarks. Not cluttered, but not very clean.

The UX experience for adding bookmarks is not great. After every marker I add, the screen goes completely blank, and I have to stare at a floating “Loading…” message for a few seconds. It is enough to drive anybody crazy!

B>Features:
This site is just about bookmarks.

Export:
Exporting your bookmarks is not possible.

Available for:
All major platforms and browsers

Pricing:
Free to use.

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My Way

My Way

My Way used to be a complete web portal and search engine like Yahoo!, but without any banners, pop-ups or spam. Since December 2015 the service has been disabled and replaced by another, much more simple version. Now you can use it to search Google through custom search and to click through to some key websites. It’s not a complete and customizable suit anymore, but you might want to take a look at it, none the less. 

Performance:
The loading speed of the new tab page is fast.

UX:
The company has taken a fundamental and minimalistic approach. It may work for some people, so try it out. 

Features:

  • Search bar
  • Bookmarks
  • Email

Export:
It’s not possible to export your bookmarks and feeds from your account.

Available for:
Web (all browsers)

Pricing:
Free to use.

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Old My Way version, now discontinued.