Myfav.es

A little impression of a Myfav.es homepage

Now this is a simple version of the good old bookmark manager: Myfav.es. What I really like about this version is the simple homepage you get. Once you build it, you’re good to go. You can’t use it to bookmark sites when you’re surfing, so it’s really built as a launchpad. You can only add sites from their catalogue, so if you can’t find the site you’re looking for, you have to ask the good people at Myfav.es to add it. This seems kind of limiting to me, not to mention time-consuming. Still, if you’re looking for a fast page to start from, this might be your thing.

Performance of Myfav.es

This site does perform well. It loads fast, and you don’t even have to take my word on it. Google agrees. Still, since there is not much interaction possible, I didn’t expect any trouble here.

Main features Myfav.es

  • Fast interface
  • Simple, uncluttered design
  • Many sites to choose from
  • In the onboarding process, you get to choose from top sites in many categories
  • Options to display or disable search bar
  • Some background images possible
  • Choose your own icons
  • Styling of the preferences section feels outdated

Compatibility

You can access the site from any device, though it’s not really designed for a small screen. After you’ve set up your pages, they are easily clickable.

Pricing

There are no mentions of prices anywhere, which makes you wonder what’s going on here. Who’s paying for this service? In the privacy policy, they state: ‘This is free, harmless and fun, but here is a privacy policy that we found on Google, if it makes you feel better.’ Well, I’m afraid they should do better than this before I entrust them with my most personal surfing data.

igHome

igHome

igHome tries to emulate and restore as much as possible of the old functionality and design of iGoogle (retired by Google in 2013).

Performance:
The website is a bit slow. Once you remove some of the default widgets and news feeds, it accelerates a bit.

UX:
There are a huge banner and a few lines of clutter on the bottom of the screen, other than that it’s mostly clean.

Edit processes are unnecessarily long and annoying. Adding widgets takes a long time, and even removing them takes too long (page has to be refreshed). Organizing bookmarks is impossible: can’t drag them or create categories. For a start page, I find this to be a big problem; The bookmarks auto-sort alphabetically. The color choices for most widgets are terrible and inconsistent, and the design is quite poor.

Features:

  • Bookmarking
  • RSS feeds
  • Lots of gadgets (e.g., weather, traffic, financial) to choose from

Export:
No export options for your bookmarks.

Available for:
All major platforms and browsers.

Pricing:
Free to use.

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start.io

start.io screenshot

start.io offers a simplistic start page with primary 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 an 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 separate from the start page, as 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 the 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 noisier than it should be (considering Papaly only offers bookmarks). It’s easy enough though to add new bookmarks, lists 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 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.

Try My Way now!

Old My Way version, now discontinued.