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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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.