It has been quite a while since our last update. Holiday season is a busy time for us. We had to buy a lot of presents for the celebration of the Dutch Sinterklaas holiday, which typically takes a lot of time. Our friends, family and kids were all very happy with what they got. And of course we did not forget about you!
More organized overview of your pages
Did you know there is a nice overview of your pages available? Well, perhaps not. It has been there for a while and it is a really useful way to get a quick overview of your pages (e.g. start.me/u/3425qZ/start-me). The page can be accessed by clicking the ‘Personal pages’ link in the pages menu.
We made quite some improvements to this page. Your pages are now categorized, so that you can clearly see what pages you created, what pages you are following, but also which pages you shared with the world or a team.
Similar improvements have been made for the overview of Team pages (e.g. start.me/o/p3gyZK/start-me). The pages shown are now grouped, showing pages flagged ‘Popular’ first, followed by those pages you yourself contribute to. Pages that are team only and cannot be seen by outsiders are shown separate from those shared with the world, to avoid confusion.
Oddly enough, it has been possible to copy widgets for quite some while, but copying entire pages was still something you would have to request through start.me support. We have had quite some requests for this feature, but every time we wanted to go ahead and build it, something else came up. This time, somewhere between 10 and 11 PM, we just did it. And it is great! Being able to copy entire pages allows for setting up page templates, which can be especially useful in team context.
Copying pages is simple: just right-click somewhere on the page, or use the dropdown menu next to the page title and select ‘Copy page’. The page will be copied and you are asked to specify a name. It is that simple!
Improvements to start.me/discover
Last time we introduced the brand new start.me/discover feature, allowing you to browse thousands of sites, organized in over 250 different categories. Since Discover was introduced, we made many small improvements and spent quite some time adding more and more sites. You will find that duplicate listings no longer occur and the pages adapt more to the interests you specified in your preferences. Discover is still in beta and we are working on a lot more interesting things to follow in the future. So please, don’t be hesitant when it comes to giving feedback or sending feature requests.
We already had a lot of fun doing our Sinterklaas shopping using the sites in the shopping categories. We found some nice new webshops. At the same time, we got some good input from expert shoppers about missing sites. So if your favorite webshop is missing, let us know!
As you may or may not realize, start.me is still a young company, in existence since 2014. Even though hundreds of thousands of people are using start.me, the team behind this great personal start page service is still quite small. Starting december, Paul Kamer joined our team as web developer. He is a very experienced developer and will help realizing more of the features you have requested over the past years. So there he is: our Sinterklaas present to you 😉