The-Top-Start-Pages

The-Top-Start-Pages

Welcome to iGoogleAlternatives, Your comprehensive guide to picking your new start page! Feel free to browse through our criteria, see how competitors ranked, or simply read the bottom line! We wish you a smooth transition!

Update: I’ve gotten some complaints about making people scroll too much…
So if you’re just here to find out “Who’s the best?” – STARTME is the top start page, hands down.

start.me is the best iGoogle alternative
Below this point, are all the reasons WHY.

Let’s get it on.

Welcome.

Your start page is in the center of your entire internet experience. Everything you do starts with your start page. If you have a great start page, everything you need and want on the web is right at your fingertips.

This is why we take our start page VERY seriously.

The Criteria.

As iGoogle is dropped into oblivion, we set out on a journey to find the ideal start page. The result is what you see below: a full-blown analysis of the top 10 competitors. Each worked very hard on a product they believe is supreme – but only one will come out as the victor. So without further introduction, we present our CRITERIA:

1. Performance (25%)

There is nothing, I repeat, nothing that is more important than performance. If I could, I would give it 50%. A start page is something you use every single day, in every browsing session. If it’s slow, it will affect you, bug you, and disrupt your browsing experience, whether it be work or play.

2. Clean (20%)

There is nothing more annoying than when somebody craps all over your space. If you’re not willing to accept it in real life, you shouldn’t be willing to compromise on your space on the internet. There is no excuse for intrusive ads, banners, or overlayed crap of any kind.

3. UX (20%)

We keep talking about your web experience. Any web experience starts with a start page. So it must be easy to use, nice and USABLE. If it’s a pain in the ass to work with, it shouldn’t be your start page in the first place.

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search (10%)

Sure, add-ons are nice, but the main reason for having a start page is to start an internet session: visit websites, learn, work, play, or search. So using bookmarks & search should be very simple and easy.

5. Export (10%)

Your bookmarks are your bookmarks – this is your web, your stuff. You should be able to download it at any time. Export should be easy. If it isn’t, you shouldn’t trust the start page you’re using.

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras (10%)

Widgets and gadgets are nice, but they also have to be well supported, high-quality, and easy to implement. 10,000 crappy widgets wouldn’t impress us. 10 Super high quality widgets will.

7. Synchronization (5%)

If you’ve got an ideal start page, you want it everywhere: easy & fast. You will definitely use more than one device to access the internet in your lifetime, probably you’re using more than one device at this very moment!

8. Bonus points (+%)

Bonus points are given for import options (easy to move), Bookmarklet  (bookmark on the fly), and RSS feeds.

Competitors.

Meet the Top 10. We’ve done our homework, looking at all corners of the web, finding the most stable, proven, high-quality start pages. If you pick a start page, you want to pick from these:



My Yahoo

A “customizable web page”, with news, weather, and features. This start page is excellent for Yahoo users, and indeed has a LOT of different features in it.



My msn

Your page at the Microsoft Network. It would appear this start page pulls content into your start page from various sites, and focuses heavily on added features and RSS.



STARTME

A very clean start page, very zen: no clutter. Focuses on bookmarks & basic non-intrusive RSS feeds. It appears simple and elegant, without distractions.



Netvibes

Explosive complexity & advanced dashboards. Start pages are just a small part of this highly sophisticated solution.



Protopage

A start page loaded with content and features / functions. Strongly geared towards news display.



symbaloo

This start page is icon-based leaving much of the screen empty, where colorful images serve as links on a dark background. A slightly game-like start page.



AllMyFaves

This start page has small neat icons all over the page. Slightly flashy on the eyes, but creates a visual compilation of all of your links.



Startific!

This start page 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.



ighome

This start page is very similar to iGoogle, trying to emulate and restore as much as possible of the old functionality, look & feel.



start.io

This start page is simplistic and has basic white links on a dark background, with some colored stripes for coloring. Simplicity above all else here.

The Drill Down.

Let’s get to it! We are going to examine, analyze, and dissect each and every one of the top 10 websites. This will be done based on the order of criteria we’ve defined above.

If you’re curious to the final results you may skip down to “The Results“.

My Yahoo

01

1. Performance

The new My Yahoo is much more modern. It sits on strong servers so it works well. Some slowness still persists, however. Our best guess is the reason for slowness is the relatively heavy graphics used by default.

Rating: 7 out of 10

2. Clean

My Yahoo is anything but clean: huge ads, extra added links, and all the widgets create a clutter left and right. “Strategic ad partners”, is the official wording for this.

Rating: 2 out of 10

3. UX

Easy to sign up, the interface however is not so good, take removing widgets as an example: painful. The added functionality is poorly designed, and the impression is that the new visual look came at the expense of usability. It’s difficult to customize as every widget gets a little box, and the sizes cannot be changed. That being said, the themes are pretty.

Rating: 5 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Search is limited to Yahoo (Other search engines? Not for this start page!) And bookmarks are a pain to add and manage. Bookmark folders are difficult to manage. There are some annoying bugs with bookmarks not saving and buttons disappearing – this is actually a key element in a start page in our opinion. To top it all off, bookmarks don’t open in a new window and there’s no setting to change. Fail.

Rating: 3 out of 10

5. Export

A mess to export, but the option exists. They don’t want you to find it. (Psst, it’s bookmarks.yahoo.com) And just when you think you’ve got it, the option is hidden in the tools sub-menu.

Rating: 5 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

The new My Yahoo widgets got a face-lift, and they are versatile and a lot. There’s a todo list, there is mail (only Yahoo! mail, of course). There are no user-made gadgets, so that guarantees some quality, although some complain about the functionality of some of the new widgets was hurt in the renewal process.

Rating: 8 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. It takes time to load, but sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

Bookmarklet is supposed to come with the Yahoo! Toolbar, so no points for this deal. No custom RSS (when you’re not an advertising partner, you’re out). There was a brief pop-up that offered import options, but then it was gone. Couldn’t find it.

1 bonus point for the brief import options pop-up, wherever it is.

 

My msn

02

1. Performance

Loads fairly quickly, it’s a big site with robust servers. It’s quick and easy to remove the widgets that come with the new start page, so that’s a good thing. Responsive and fast.

Rating: 10 out of 10

2. Clean

Not clean. A thick title all over the top of the screen filled with a bunch of useless links. Logos, huge banner ads, links and clutter left and right. A text flashing in the search bar “Hey! Try Bing!” and even extra added text – “Advertisement” right below the ads, thanks guys – I didn’t notice the HUGE AD. Fail.

Rating: 3 out of 10

3. UX

Sign up was hell. So much information required and a captcha with 14 letters. I don’t know who designed this UI, but it’s one of the worst. Multiple clicks are required to achieve simple actions. Some of the buttons are microscopic (take for example moving your favorites up and down the list) – and you have to chase that nano-size icon down the screen as you move your bookmark. Pain will ensure. With that said, removing and adding widgets comes easily, and some of the backgrounds are nice.

Rating: 5 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Bookmarking is not easy, it’s like it was never designed for it. And search? Well, you didn’t really expect anything other than Bing… (It should be noted, however, that there are multiple search options, like pictures, video, etc. implemented by tabs – but still only Bing.) Plus, bookmarks don’t open in a new window. Not cool.

Rating: 5 out of 10

5. Export

Couldn’t find an export option. Once you put your favorites in, they’re in for good. If you like pain, PC-Hell has a nice post about how it can be done with a third-party program. Good luck.

Rating: 1 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

There are some widgets available in multiple categories. All designed by Microsoft, so there’s a basic level of quality maintained. Mail preview (only Outlook mail, of course), calendar, weather. Nice, but still much room for improvement.

Ratin: 6 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. It takes time to load, but sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

Custom RSS feeds are available. No bookmarklet exists, however, and also there are no import options.

3 bonus points for the custom RSS.

 

STARTME

03

1. Performance

Fast. So fast. Literally blew my mind how fast this website runs. With the chrome extension installed it runs from offline caching so it works even faster. Wow.

Rating: 10 out of 10

2. Clean

When I think clean, this is exactly how I envision it. It’s empty – and it’s so beautiful. No clutter, no ads, no bullshit of any kind. Amazing. This start page is a rising star!

Rating: 10 out of 10

3. UX

Easy to move, easy to modify, easy to save and update links, so easy to create categories. Magnificent UX! I am blown away, this start page is both intuitive and easy to adjust and customize. Sweet. Tabs are easy and fast to better organize all of my stuff. After playing with it for about 20 minutes I found the only drawback: they don’t have custom backgrounds, some people might like it. (Update: I got an email saying they just implemented backgrounds – Hurrah!)

Rating: 9 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Adding a bookmark is super fast, requires URL only (auto-fills description, manual name also possible) and if you use the chrome extension bookmarklet, it’s even easier. Takes a couple of seconds to load the bookmarklet, though. Search is great – not only can you easily switch from one default search engine to another, you can even customize and define your own. Sweet. Finally, bookmarks open in a new window.

Rating: 9 out of 10

5. Export

It’s right there, 3 clicks and you’ve got all of your bookmarks and stuff backed-up. Couldn’t ask for more.

Rating: 10 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

UPDATE: STARTME launched widgets! Another step to make this start page closer to perfection. I originally gave them 1 out of 10, but now that several widgets are already up and more are coming, I have to give them a higher score. Some weather, stock market, Facebook, calculator and others are already available, I am personally waiting to see the next ones. I’ve also been told that the much-anticipated Gmail widget is coming as well. Nice. Also, much respect to STARTME for keeping me regularly updated on their latest developments.

Rating: 6 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Synchronization is built in as everything is saved in the cloud. Offline caching is utilized for speed, but within a couple of seconds your bookmarks are updated as well. This delay is no longer than the loading delay in other websites.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

Import options are right there, but could use some added support (Couldn’t import my iGoogle XML easily). There’s a bookmarklet in a Chrome extension & Firefox Add-on. RSS feeds are great, they are a built-in basic building block in STARTME pages.

9 bonus points.

 

Netvibes

04

1. Performance

Takes a few seconds to load. When using this start page, the slowness is quite apparent, it isn’t the servers – being robust and able to handle traffic; it’s the extra widgets, special effects and functionality that really weight down on the platform, making it slow. It’s a heavy one.

Rating: 6 out of 10

2. Clean

The website is fairly clean, no ads, a whole bunch of links at the bottom of the page – but those are quite neatly organized and can also be hidden from view. A lot of space is wasted for no particularly good reason, with a tiny search bar in the middle of all this space at the top of the page.

Rating: 8 out of 10

3. UX

The top bar is mismatched in color and style, and cannot be customized or hidden. Working with the platform is intuitive, but sometimes some basic functionality is missing (take for example re-organizing your bookmarks, it can’t be done!) – they can only be sorted. Also, some extra features that get in the way of useful features (take for example search by tag within your bookmarks – it’s easier to run a google search). All in all some of the UI is good, some is poor. Another disappointment is that tabs get stuck sometimes and page must be refreshed.

Rating: 6 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Bookmarking is not easy, and the bookmark tags & tag search functionality just gets in the way. Categories for bookmarks would have been much better. Bookmarks open in a new window, nice. Search is just google, other searches would have been nice. But the worst part of it is that the search opens up in the same window, in a new tab, severly limiting the space to display search results. I don’t know who thought this would be a good idea. After all the screen real estate wasted, and subtracting ads – I’m left with 1/3 of the screen organic search results. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse – you have to “delete”, and confirm the delete of the tab to get back. Horrible.

Rating: 3 out of 10

5. Export

Super easy. Just click settings & download. Voila.

Rating: 10 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

Here is where this start page really kicks ass. The widgets, gadgets and extras are much better than anything else I’ve seen. Email assistant, Facebook feed, Analytics feed, Todo list, Flight list, Weather, Alexa, Ebay, Calculator,  - the list is huge. And the quality seems very good. Keep in mind this is what this start page was created for: pulling a lot of information from all over into a big control panel. This is actually not so much a start page functionality per se, but it’s awesome, and I’m impressed.

Rating: 10 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. It takes time to load, but sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

Couldn’t find bookmarklet. Import is possible by file upload, that’s good. For RSS reads this start page has a special reader that looks like it can handle dozens, maybe even hundreds of feeds. Excellent for the information-addicts among us.

9 bonus points.

 

Protopage

05

1. Performance

Quite fast, no complaints. A couple of seconds to load, but when loaded runs very fast & smooth.

Rating: 9 out of 10

2. Clean

It only appears to be full of clutter, most widgets can be easily deleted and cleaned up, and theme & colors are configurable. I got my protopage super clean.

Rating: 10 out of 10

3. UX

The interface is mostly intuitive and fast. That’s awesome. Some functionality, however, is very poorly implemented. (Take for example adding bookmarks) If you’ve got quite a few bookmarks you’re in for a nightmare. Another striking problem is the fluid state of everything: it’s like you’re constantly in edit mode, so half the time I’m changing my layout or my bookmarks without any intention to do so. True, it’s just as easy to change back, but why can’t everything just stay in place once I set it right?

Rating: 7 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Adding bookmarks is not easy, I already mentioned this. No bookmarklet to extend this functionality, either. The search functionality, however, is superb. I love the one-click searches. Both bookmarks and searches open in a new window, nice.

Rating: 7 out of 10

5. Export

No export. Your bookmarks? Forget it: no backup, no option to ever export them. If this start page dies, all your bookmarks die with it.

Rating: 1 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

This start page has a lot of nicely organized Widgets and Gadgets. There is a basic professionally designed collection, and tons of other user-designed widgets without any guarantees to quality. I could say it’s a widget-lover’s paradise – I’m impressed.

Rating: 10 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. It takes time to load, but sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

No import option for bookmarks. I don’t get it – it’s like it was never designed for more than about 5-10 bookmarks. I couldn’t find a bookmarklet either. RSS feeds and widgets to read them exist and work quite well.

3 bonus points.

 

symbaloo

06

1. Performance

Loads quickly. A fast server supports the website. Nice.

Rating: 10 out of 10

2. Clean

This start page has a superb design. It’s clean, beautiful, and I love it. Background can even be changed to white if the black is too gloomy after a while.

Rating: 10 out of 10

3. UX

Playing with tiles can be satisfying, but only to a point. 30 min after I started, I’m sick of it. It takes a long time to add each link, and there is a limit of 52 bookmarks, search engines, and widgets. This may seem like a lot at first, but most people have over 100 bookmarks. So now your bookmarks are split over several tabs (I just started my third). The central 8-tile space is also a bad decision for usability purposes, because every time I want to read another RSS feed, I have to click it for it to appear in the center square. This defeats the purpose – might as well open in a new window. Search also appears there, but disappears when reading an RSS feed. At least links open in a new window.

Rating: 6 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Adding links takes a long time, so bookmarking is not easy. There is also no bookmarklet to do this faster. Search is limited to google only (including google images, maps & news), and disappears when using another widget or reading an RSS feed. This makes the search unavailable most of the time – frustrating.

Rating: 4 out of 10

5. Export

No export. Your bookmarks? Forget it: no backup, no option to ever export them. If this start page dies, all your bookmarks die with it.

Rating: 1 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

There are a total of 6 very basic widgets. It’s something.

Rating: 4 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. It takes time to load, but sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

There is a good import option for bookmarks. There are RSS feeds, but they are implemented in such a way that they are barely usable. There is also a special news via pictures page, but it’s confusing, completely useless and looks weird.

4 bonus points

 

AllMyFaves

07

1. 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.

Rating: 5 out of 10

2. Clean

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.

Rating: 6 out of 10

3. UX

What really kills me is the wavy “loading” screen. What kind of crappy implementation is that? 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. To add to this, links to shops are redirected via some odd kqzyfj domain – and this slows down opening the link. There are referral methods that don’t create an unnecessary delay for the users. I won’t even talk about how the homepage is public instead of being my personalized page. I’m sorry to say this, but save for the cute icons – fail.

Rating: 3 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

You’d think icons are a great way to represent your favorite websites. And it makes sense until you start to use it and you realize a very basic flaw: every video you add has the same youtube icon, every news category the same icon as well, and soon enough you can’t tell your bookmarks apart! The “loading” screen makes bookmarking a terrible experience (see above) and the bookmarklet loads very slowly and also triggers the “loading” screen. The search says “custom search”, so it’s been tampered with and will mess up your search results. To confirm this bias, I tried regular google search (3 ads) vs. this start page google search – 9 ads appeared! At least the bookmarks open in a new window.

Rating: 5 out of 10

5. Export

No export. Your bookmarks? Forget it: no backup, no option to ever export them. If this start page dies, all your bookmarks die with it.

Rating: 1 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

This start page has no extras, no widgets, no gadgets, not even RSS feeds.

Rating: 1 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. It takes time to load, but sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

No import, no RSS feeds, the bookmarklet is really crappy. But there is a bookmarklet.

2 bonus points.

 

Startific!

08

1. Performance

The graphics are incredibly heavy, so the website loads very slowly. When using IE8, the website died (unsupported). On my laptop screen half the widgets didn’t fit on it (unsupported). So testing back on my desktop, moving widgets around doesn’t snap them to grid so it causes memory errors & warning all over the place. Bottom line, this is a very heavy, cumbersome website, with some of the worst performance I’ve seen. Fail.

Rating: 3 out of 10

2. Clean

The website can be clean if you’re willing to do the work. Well, except the stupid, huge “Ad” widget. It keeps coming back, too. Annoying as heck. 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.

Rating: 6 out of 10

3. UX

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.

Rating: 4 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Search works, and when clicked opens up a few more search bars for different searches. That’s quite nice. Bookmarking is difficult as heck, though, and there is no bookmarklet to make the job any easier. As another plus, the links open in a new window.

Rating: 5 out of 10

5. Export

No export. Your bookmarks? Forget it: no backup, no option to ever export them. If this start page dies, all your bookmarks die with it.

Rating: 1 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

A few widgets, extras, and gadgets. I couldn’t stand how long it took to install each and every one. It’s crazy. Also, most are not even widgets as much as iframe embedded websites. Makes more sense to actually visit the relevant website. Nevertheless, they have some widgets that expand the start page functionality.

Rating: 5 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. It takes time to load, but sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

No import, no RSS feeds, no bookmarklet.

No bonus.

 

ighome

09

1. Performance

The website is slow with many widgets / news loading. Once I removed all of these it accelerated immediately. Sometimes I encounter sign-in errors, mostly works. Adding a widget – you’re thrown into another screen, another part of the website. Removing a widget – requires refreshing the page. All in all, performance is average, maybe even below average.

Rating: 6 out of 10

2. Clean

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

Rating: 7 out of 10

3. UX

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 simply auto-sort alphabetically. The color choices for most widgets are terrible and mismatched, and the design is quite poor.

Rating: 6 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Bookmarking is fairly easy, a little slow. After playing with the options in the profile, both bookmarks and search open in a new window. Only one search engine at a time, it can be defined in settings, but not on the fly – so forget about multiple search engines.

Rating: 8 out of 10

5. Export

No export. Your bookmarks? Forget it: no backup, no option to ever export them. If this start page dies, all your bookmarks die with it.

Rating: 1 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

There are a lot of widgets and a lot of options to add to this start page. Most of them are really pre-defined RSS feeds, some are just websites placed in an iframe, and for some widgets – the quality is questionable. The widgets I’ve put up all worked fairly well.

Rating: 9 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. Sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

So, no bookmarklet, but RSS feeds can be easily added and there is an option to import.

6 bonus points.

 

start.io

10

1. Performance

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

Rating: 7 out of 10

2. Clean

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

Rating: 10 out of 10

3. UX

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.

Rating: 7 out of 10

4. Easy Bookmarking & Search

Bookmarking is fairly easy using the admin panel, there’s even a bookmarklet (although it’s rather slow). Search doesn’t exist and that’s a major drawback.

Rating: 6 out of 10

5. Export

Yes, finally! Export is there, and it’s easy. It’s amazing how so few start pages allow export. I think it’s such a basic requirement.

Rating: 10 out of 10

6. Widgets, Gadgets, Extras

No widgets, gadgets or extras. Not even RSS feeds.

1 out of 10

7. Synchronization

Since everything is saved in the cloud, no problems there. Sync is immediate.

Rating: 10 out of 10

8. Bonus points

There are import options, it’s simple and easy to use. Also, there is a bookmarklet that’s web-based and kind of slow.

5 bonus points.

The Results.

This is the summary of all ratings given to the top 10 websites. Websites are ordered by top score to bottom score. This is the bottom line.

 

STARTME

1st Place

TOTAL SCORE: 97%

  • Fastest start page we’ve tested
  • Offline caching (even faster)
  • Easy sign up
  • Chrome Extension / Firefox Addon
  • Clean & Beautiful – zero clutter
  • Super intuitive
  • Easy to move items around
  • Easy to add bookmarks
  • Easy to modify
  • Superb UX
  • Add bookmarks with URL only
  • Multiple search engines
  • Custom search engines
  • Import & export
  • RSS feeds

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Protopage

2nd Place

TOTAL SCORE: 82.5%

  • Fast & smooth
  • Clean look available
  • Color / theme customization
  • Easy to modify
  • Intuitive interface
  • One-click searches
  • Multiple search engines
  • Custom search engines
  • Multiple widgets / gadgets
  • Custom designed widgets

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Netvibes

3rd Place

TOTAL SCORE: 80%

  • Special effects & graphics
  • Clean, no ads
  • Intuitive interface
  • Page customization
  • Reports / dashboards
  • Export options
  • Advanced widgets & gadgets
  • Professional widgets & gadgets
  • Multiple widgets & gadgets

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Start.io

4th Place

TOTAL SCORE: 78.5%

  • Fast start page
  • Comfortable to use
  • Easy to add bookmarks
  • Easy to modify
  • Themes available
  • Export

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Symbaloo

5th Place

TOTAL SCORE: 75%

  • Fast start page
  • Clean & beautiful design
  • Bookmark tiles
  • Import
  • Basic RSS feeds
  • Basic widgets

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ighome

6th Place

TOTAL SCORE: 70%

  • Pretty clean
  • Interface similar to iGoogle
  • Easy to add bookmarks
  • Many widgets available
  • RSS feeds
  • Import

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my msn

7th Place

TOTAL SCORE: 61%

  • Fast start page
  • Easy to add / remove widgets
  • Professional widgets
  • RSS feeds

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my Yahoo

8th Place

TOTAL SCORE: 53.5%

  • Fast start page
  • Easy to sign up
  • Pretty themes available
  • Professional widgets

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AllMyFaves

9th Place

TOTAL SCORE: 44.5%

  • Pretty clean
  • Cute icons

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Startific!

Last Place

TOTAL SCORE: 43.5%

  • Multiple search engines
  • Several widgets available

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The Rest.

Here is a list of every website we tried or looked at – all websites that simply didn’t make the cut:

www.myway.com

www.excite.com

www.only2clicks.com

www.aboogy.com

www.transferr.com

www.zeadoo.com (stopped development)

www.myfav.es

www.ustart.org (adware)

www.kadaza.com

www.wonderpage.com

www.flexlinked.com

www.43marks.com

www.totally.me

www.sitehoover.com

www.tizmos.com

www.webwag.com/startup

www.backstit.ch

www.middlespot.com

www.startpix.com

www.yourport.com

www.gritwire.com

www.pobb.net

www.mylinkcloud.com


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