Here are snazzy, useful homepages to start with your browser.
A good start page can be very practical and useful; nowadays, instead of displaying fixed news pages, you can get all of the news that you want through RSS feeds and more, all to your own customized page.
Customizable homepages these days are quite powerful, with some emulating what a desktop GUI for those on the move, and others which can be customized to your liking with widgets. These four pages all offer that little something that makes a start page into your own homepage.
This site is clean, easy to use, and can be customized with all sorts of different widgets to get the page that you want. By default, the site loads with a Facebook and e-mail widget; once you create a Netvibes account you can associate it with your other internet accounts.
Having a homepage to load up everything you need to see on the internet can certainly speed things up.The content, layout, and number of pages it up to you; this is a great homepage to start with. However, the control you have over the layout is limited to the “three column” setup, rather than placing widgets where you please.
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Along the same lines as Netvibes, this site provides another highly customizable homepage; it essentially provides the same functions as Netvibes, but with the ability to place widgets wherever you please. This is a mix between a simple start page displaying relevant information, and the all-out web desktops that you can find. You can post “sticky notes” anywhere on your homepage, along with to-do lists to keep track of your life and remind you of important tasks. You can also set it up to fetch podcasts and cartoon strips, and you can add as many pages as you please.
Going a step further than Protopage is the colourful Widgetop; while the functions are essentially the same as the previous two pages, this provides more of a “desktop” feel. Your widgets can be dragged much like windows on a desktop. This also has “sticky notes” widgets so that you can post reminders which you can see every time you start up your browser.
This is one of the more powerful solutions; one of the goals listed by the site is to provide a functional desktop which can be accessed from any computer. The site demo shows a fully functional desktop which can play media, display information, and provides all the IM clients you need to stay connected with friends. You even get multiple desktops along with the 3D “cube” interface, much like Ubuntu offers.
It appears that this site is best for those who need their own desktop but are using different computers frequently. I haven’t personally signed up for the site, so I don’t know the space limitations (i.e. how much video/music can be stored) but this site looks quite promising, even for those who aren’t using many different computers.
These four pages all amalgamate most of our internet tasks into one page; as opposed to visiting several different sources, you can receive all of the important news that you want, and have it laid out the way you want.