As of November 1st 2013, iGoogle will cease to exist. iGoogle has become the go-to homepage for many internet users. The interface possessed the trademark Google polish, and was incredibly simple to use. However, with its impending closure later this year, iGoogle users will be looking for a new homepage for their web browsers.
Undoubtedly, the Internet will see a rise in homepage applications either replicating iGoogle, or basing their design and functionality off it in some way. Whilst this may be desirable to hardcore iGoogle fans, many users will want a fresh change.
My Faves is a unique website which allows you to create a customizable homepage, with some intricate themes and layout features to boot. Your homepage may not be based on widgets, but the clean display of selected website icons make browsing your favorite websites incredibly easy. For iGoogle users looking for a replacement, My Faves might just be it.
How to use My Faves as an iGoogle replacement
To begin using My Faves, head over to their website, where you will be greeted with a default layout. In order to add your own design and websites to your new homepage, click “Customize.”
Once you enter the customization section of My Faves, click “Add Sites.”
You may then begin subscribing to your favorite websites, blogs and news sources.You can search by the alphabetical list provided or by searching for them specifically.
Once you have selected your favorite websites, head over to the “Customize” tab, to view the design features of My Faves.
After entering the customization page, My Faves will allow you to apply various design and layout settings which will change the look of your new homepage. You may choose from the different variations of icon displays, colours, background designs and so forth.
Once you have made your design and layout choices, your changes will be automatically saved by My Faves. You can revisit this page at any time to refine your My Faves design. My Faves includes many themes, including metallic designs, natural designs and wooden designs. Each theme can be tinkered with for a unique, personalized feel. All you now have to do is set My Faves to be your homepage, and enjoy its beautiful simplicity.
The good and the bad
My Faves is a refreshing homepage replacement for iGoogle. To fully evaluate My Faves, we have listed the pros and cons below.
- My Faves offers a beautiful, yet simple alternative to iGoogle, displaying your favorite websites in an easy to access fashion
- The webpage is easy to customize and re-edit at any time
- Neat icons link directly to a huge range of popular websites and blogs
- A wide range of pre-set themes, each with complex design features means your homepage can be truly unique
- Apart from offering icons linking to websites, My Faves offers no other widgets, unlike iGoogle
- The themes are beautiful, but moving backgrounds would have added to the uniqueness of My Faves
To conclude, My Faves is a great iGoogle replacement, thanks to its truly unique design options and its immersive, personalised feel. It may lack the extra widgets, but it’s complex design and layout features make it an exciting replacement for iGoogle.