start.io

start.io screenshot

start.io offers a simplistic start page with basic white links on a dark background, with some colored stripes for coloring. Simplicity above all else here.

Performance:
Slowness is apparent when adding bookmarks, when switching tabs, and when saving or modifying options. Start page access is fast.

UX:
Can’t get any cleaner than a completely empty page. It’s your bookmarks, nothing else. Superb.

The bookmarks setup is very straightforward, it’s comfortable to use, navigate, and modify. It’s actually separate from the start page, like an admin panel, so it doesn’t allow moving categories around the page & you have to use trial-and-error to make your start page look the way you want it. Not good. The worst part is that links open in the same window, not smart for a start page. A few other annoyances: if you accidentally click a category, all the other bookmarks disappear, and when you click the start page logo, you go to the admin panel instead of the start page. A few themes are available, but the option was quite hidden in the admin panel.

Features:
Just bookmarks. No widgets, rss feeds or any other options to fill your new tab page.

Export:
It’s possible to export your bookmarks.

Available for:
All major platforms and browsers

Pricing:
Free to use.

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Papaly

papaly

Papaly is a new cloud-based bookmark manager that you can use directly on the web or in form of a Chrome extension.

Performance:
The loading speed of the My Way page is pretty decent – but not very quick.

UX:
The user interface is crowded with buttons and icons and feels more noisy than it should be (considering Papaly only offers bookmarks). It’s easy enough though to add new bookmarks, lists and/or boards.

Features:

  • Share & Publish boards
  • Co-ownership and Private Boards
  • Reduce Open Tab Clutter and Save Memory
  • Ability to turn off New Tab and Results in Search
  • Social Bookmarks
  • Populate Boards from Browser’s Bookmark
  • Sync Searches and Bookmarks Cross Browsers
  • Explore Content
  • New Tab Speed Dial Functionality
  • Drag and Drop Searches with Bookmarks
  • Customizable Themes
  • Bookmark Manager Edit Mode
  • Rename Categories and Links
  • Bookmarking Made Easy
  • Display Name Customization

Export:
It’s possible to export your bookmarks your Papaly account.

Available for:
Web (all browsers)

Pricing:
Free to use.

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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 amount of images / icons loaded, else the servers or code need an upgrade, ASAP. Switching tabs works fairly 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 is a “Most popular” and “Weekly faves” categories that cannot be moved or deleted at the bottom of the page, and a huge 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 bookmark I add, the screen goes completely blank, and I have to stare at a floating “Loading…” message for a few seconds. This is enough to drive anybody crazy!

b>Features:
This site really 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

myway

My Way is a web portal and search engine like Yahoo!, but without any banners, pop-ups or spam. Update: Since December 2015 the service seems to be discontinued.

Performance:
The loading speed of the My Way page is acceptable most of the time.

UX:
The user interface feels like it’s 1994 again. My Way have taken a very basic and minimalistic approach. This may work for some people, but it’s one of the worst designed personal homepages I’ve seen. Adding/editing stuff is easy enough, it just doesn’t look that good.

Features:

  • Bookmarks
  • News
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • Horoscopes

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

Available for:
Web (all browsers)

Pricing:
Free to use.

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