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When iGoogle was shut down, users looked for an alternative to get the best Google home page they could. Our list of 17 alternatives help you choose a new look for Google.

17 Great Alternatives to iGoogle for Personalizing Start Pages

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Like most of us, iGoogle may be your favorite start page because of the numerous updates that can be seen on that single webpage including Gmail, Google News, Calendar, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Twitter. Work is faster when you can schedule events, send messages and share on social networks on just that page. Thinking of loosing this awesome app actually brings some worries, but thanks to some other online start pages that have similar and high quality features.

Great alternatives to iGoogle for customizing online start pages

Change is an opportunity for growth and development. So, we shall discuss a lot more start pages including the ones that closely match iGoogle and others that may suit your needs better.

1. Netvibes

For iGoogle addicts, Netvibes is a good place to pitch your tent. On NetVibes, you can stay in touch with all the media that are relevant to you, including tweets, emails, news, tasks and much more. You can determine the number of columns for your dashboard and arrange them as you desire. You can create as many tabs as possible with different sets of widgets, and you can create up to four columns of widgets and arrange them differently.

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NetVibes is definitely one of the top alternatives to iGoogle that you should think of. At the top of NetVibes’ page, you will see a button that lets you switch from the widget mode to reader mode, depending on your need.

Get Started with Netvibes

2. Protopage

Protopage is another very close alternative to iGoogle, just like NetVibes. The site provides several widgets for designing the exact layout that you want. You can drag and drop existing widgets or add more widgets from a large collection of other tools. The interface is easy to use and attractive, but Protopage offers less features compared to NetVibes. With Protopage, you can stay abreast of new emails, podcasts, Tweets and other media.

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Get Started with Protopage

3. UStart

UStart is also worth trying as an alternative to iGoogle. UStart allows you to add widgets for monitoring different feeds. You can create multiple tabs having different sets of widgets and also change the theme of your page to further customize it. In addition, Ustart allows you to completely finish creating your dashboard to test out their service before creating an account.

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The RSS reader provided by UStart will also be of great use for you.

Get Started with UStart

4. Symbaloo

Symbaloo is best described as an online visual bookmark organizer. It lets you organize your online start page with your favorite sites. Symbaloo lets you make pages with tiles and customize the tiles as you like. It comes with some interactive widgets like weather widget, social media widgets and much more.

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Get Started with Symbaloo

5. My Faves

My Faves has a minimalistic interface that is very easy to customize. It is so beautiful that it is difficult to come up with an ugly page. You can customize the background and add several sites from their list with inbuilt icons as well as your favorite sites.

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Get Started with My Faves

6. All My Faves

For a homepage that shows the feeds of your favorite sites, All My Faves would be a great choice for you. You might at first be overwhelmed by their large collection of sites, but you’ll get a more impressive display of tabs, represented by thumbnails, when you sign up.

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When you create an account, you can then create your own faves and also select areas of interest like technology, Movies and so on. Their AMF bookmarklet also lets you to add more sites easily.

Get Started with All My Faves

7.My MSN

Rather than emails, social networks and events, staying abreast of news may be your most important need. Using MSN as a start page will be a great solution for you in this case. You will be able to quickly scan news headlines and latest stories under different categories at the start of the day.

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Get Started with My MSN

8. My Yahoo

Yahoo offers a decent start page that allows you totally customize your start page content and appearance. They have a wide collection of widgets you can choose from. You can immediately see trending stories and top stories under several categories.

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Get Started with My Yahoo

9. My Way

You can also try My Way. They allow several options for personalizing your page so that you can add finance, weather, local TV and other customization options.

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Get Started with My Way

10. Genieo

Genieo might be appropriate if you don’t have the time to set up a start page. Genieo simply monitors the sites you visit most often and presents their articles in a newspaper style whenever it is launched.

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Get Started with Genieo

11. Spaaze

You might also want to try Spaaze, which comes with a scrollable corkboard. It lets you add Twitter widgets, bookmarks, Google gadgets, notes and YouTube videos to your corkboard.

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Get Started with Spaaze

 

Browser Extension Online Start Pages

If you are not particularly interested in iGoogle alternatives but are looking for a better start page than the default that comes with most browsers, then you should look into some of these:

Chrome Extensions Online Start Pages

12. Speed Dial 2

Speed Dial lets you add thumbnails to your favorite sites, with inbuilt logos for popular sites and screenshot of other sites plus lots of customization options. You can mouse over the right hand side for a quick display of your Chrome bookmarks and recently closed tabs.

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Get Started with Speed Dial 2

13. Start

Start is a Chrome extension that lets you add thumbnails to favorite pages and access Chrome apps. Importantly, it lets you add RSS feeds to the bottom of the page. You can customize it with a custom background image.

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Get Started with Start

14. FreshStart

This chrome extension lets you save several sets of websites as “sessions” so that you can access each set any other time. It is a cross browser session manager that lets you browse and store sessions conveniently, even if other people use the same computer.

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Get Started with FreshStart

Firefox Extensions Online Start Pages

15. FVD Speed Dial

This extension lets you add shortcuts (shown as logos or previews) to your favorite sites. You can customize FVD Speed Dial to a large extent.

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Get Started with FVD Speed Dial

16. New Tab King

New Tab King shows your most visited pages  under three categories – “Ever”, “Month”, and “Week”. It is perfect for you if you don’t have time to set your preferences.

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You can switch to thumbnail or RSS view.

Get Started with New Tab King

17. TabCloud

TabCloud is a browser extension that supports Chrome, Firefox and Android. It lets you save your favorite sites as groups of open tabs so that you can access them any time you like.

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Get Started with TabCloud

Time to pick one

We have come up with a long list of alternative start pages that can help you replace iGoogle satisfactory or totally try a new experience. You should be ready to make a choice now.

Have we missed any really powerful online start page? Let us know in the comments section below.



  • Harold Spraker

    None of these will work for me.

    • Jim Rickhardth Hartmann

      me neither.. getting more anxious every day..

  • Cindy Wilson

    Warning: After deciding to try out several options, I started with a trial with ustart and minutes after I did the initial set up, including entering my gmail password, my account was hacked from an IP address halfway across the world. Coincidence? I think not. (I am so mad at Google for this, why can’t they just leave iGoogle be?)

  • Mike

    igHome.com is a very close replacement for iGoogle.

  • Gabriel Herrera

    StartHQ is a great start tab replacement with a directory of web apps to make finding new ones a breeze. It has an impressive public roadmap with a lot of cool things coming up.

    • http://www.technorms.com/ Vikram

      Gabriel, thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.

      StartHQ does look like an excellent start page option. The addition of web directory is a plus and the apps within the directory seem to be well curated and provide good alternatives.

      I will sign up and check out the service shortly. Thanks.

  • Thomas Paull

    Have you tried Startific? You will be amazed of how interactive and different it is from all the normal and boring startpages out there. It’s an ideal page when you open a new tab in any browser. I love it!

  • Luuk

    Have a look at http://www.startme.com as well. It supports custom bookmarks, rss-feeds and search engines. The design/UI is very simple, but beautiful.