Blackhomepage

Blackhomepage
Blackhomepage

The Blackhomepage offers literally what’s in a name: a black background for your homepage. Easy on the eyes, they promise, and especially in dim-lit situations, this might be true. In real life, though, you might be happier with a bit of choice here. It’s no secret that Google only offers a white homepage, so there’s really nothing wrong with that.

Another less than obvious choice is the collection of links they provide. You see a lot of icons, some of them are the original ones, others are custom. The headings they use are also confusing: sometimes they use the original content, other times they use a more generic word like Weather, to link to the site Weathermetro. This choice feels arbitrary. At least, with 44 links, and no options to change any, and a promise of no tracking, this looks like a great basic homepage for anyone.

Performance

The great advantage of the radical choices behind the Blackhomepage is speed. It doesn’t take long to load it. also because it apparently uses a CDN service for quick delivery. Speed is guaranteed.

Features Blackhomepage

  • Dark theme.
  • 44 links to important websites.
  • Secure search through DuckDuckGo.
  • Clear Privacy statement, Cookie consent form, integration with social media.

Compatibility

This homepage seems designed to work on desktop or laptop computers only. On an iPhone, it loses most of its functionality, as the grid gets replaced by no more than 12 links. Not compatible.

Price

The price is right: this service is offered for free. It’s not entirely clear how this site makes its money, affiliate linking might be possible, but it’s not clear.

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.