Need Inspiration? Add a Motivational Quote to your start.me page

Sometimes all the inspiration you need to uplift your spirit can be found in a few simple words of wisdom. You can now get a daily dose of inspiration by adding a Quote Widget to your start.me page.

ThinkExist - Daily Quote

Several quote widgets are available, covering a variety of topics, including: Arts, Business, Life, Love, Management, Motivational, Nature and Funny Daily Quotes.

Quotes are provided by BrainyQuote, The Quotations Page, Quotes Daddy and ThinkExist.

 

Adding a Quote widget to your start page

To add one of the widgets, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your start.me page
  2. Click the +icon in the grid to open the Browse Widgets dialog
  3. Search for “quote” and browse through the list of Quote widgets
  4. Select the widget your choice and add it to your start.me page

Do you miss a particular Quote Widget? Leave a comment below or simply e-mail us at [email protected].

Realtime monitoring of the Financial Markets

For those of you interested in the financial markets, we have some good news: with our new Finance widgets you can now follow the financial markets in realtime on your browser’s new tab page. Building on the great tools by TradingView we can now offer you realtime overviews of the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and many other markets (see the list below).

Data and widgets are provided by Trading View.

Following markets are available

  • S&P 500
  • Dow Jones
  • Nasdaq
  • Futsee
  • DAQ
  • CAC40
  • Swiss SMI
  • Nikkei
  • Hang Seng
  • Australia ASX
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Crude Oil
  • Brent Oil

Adding a Finance widget to your start page

The new widgets can all be found in our Finance widget category. To add one of the widgets, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your start.me page
  2. Click the +icon in the grid to open the Browse Widgets dialog
  3. Search for one of the above mentioned markets or browse through the entire list by selecting the Finance category.
  4. Select the widget/market of your choice and add it to your start.me page

 

Convert Currencies From Your Browser’s Home Page

Do you buy or sell products internationally? If so, you’ll probably find yourself converting money in different currencies frequently.

With the start.me Currency Converter widget, you can now convert money right from your browser’s new tab page. Over 168 world currencies are supported, including: USD, EUR, GBP, YEN and Bitcoin.

Data is provided by Currencylayer, a provider of real-time and reliable reliable exchange rates.

Instructions:

You can find the Currency Converter widget in the widget gallery (click + in grid). After you’ve added it to your page, you can configure the default from/to currency in the widget settings.

 

Available to Premium users only:

This widgets is available only for Premium users. You can upgrade to Premium for just 20USD/annual or 45USD/lifetime. Premium members also enjoy additional benefits, including an ad-free and faster loading experience. Upgrade now!

New: Charts, Google Adsense and Image Gallery widgets

Today we rolled out a couple of new exciting widgets for Premium users. Not a Premium member yet? Go Premium now! It costs less than $2 per month ($20/annual; $45/lifetime).

Charts

Users can now add a chart to their start page that visualizes data from an external data source/application (CSV input).

This widget allows you to stay on top of your most important KPI’s, right from your start page.

Read more about the chart widget here.

Google Adsense

Want to stay on top of your Adsense earnings?

The Google Analytics widgets displays your earnings, impressions and clicks in a chart that is easy to read and understand.

Multiple Adsense widgets can be added to your start.me page, so you can keep track of all your websites on one simple dashboard.

Read more about the Adsense widget here.

Image Gallery

Want to decorate your start page with some beautiful or inspiring images? The Image Gallery widget allows you to display multiple images on your start.me page.

You can choose between a variety of presentation settings, including a slideshow. Read more about the Image Gallery widget here.

Available to Premium users only:

These widgets are available only for Premium users. You can upgrade to Premium for just 20USD/annual or 45USD/lifetime. Premium members also enjoy additional benefits, including an ad-free and faster loading experience. Upgrade now!

New start.me Chrome extension makes bookmarking easier

The new start.me Chrome extension (version 2.1.3) is now available in the Chrome store. What has changed?

New icon
The extension now displays the newly-designed start.me icon.

We simplified adding bookmarks
We replaced the “bookmark window” with a Bookmark Bar. This streamlines the experience of adding bookmarks from the extension with the start.me application. You can use the Bookmark Bar to add bookmarks and RSS feeds with a single click from any webpage.

start.me also remembers the widget you last selected. This makes it easier to save multiple webpages to the same bookmark list.

More options for bookmarking
We’ve added an “Add to start.me” link to the Chrome’s Context menu. This enables you to right-click on any link and save it to your start.me page using the new Bookmarks Bar.

Another way of bookmarking a page is to use the keyboard shortcut ALT-D.

Import your Chrome bookmarks
You can now easily import your Chrome bookmarks into your start.me page by selecting the “Import” option from the Options menu.

Control your new tab page
You can now configure which start.me page you want to see when you open a new tab in your browser. You can now also revert back to the Chrome Default startpage when opening a new tab.

Instant access to your Pages using ALT-S
We’ve also introduced a new shortcut to provide faster access to your start.me pages. Just press ALT-S from any site to open the Pages menu.

Please let us know what you think of the new Chrome extension. Leave your comment below or e-mail us at [email protected].

View your Google Analytics data directly from your browser’s homepage

We have just released a brand new Google Analytics widget that allows you to keep track of your website traffic stats, directly from your start.me page.

The Google Analytics widgets displays your key Google Analytics data in a chart that is easy to read and understand. You can customize the data by selecting from a large number of Metrics and Segments.

Multiple Analytics widgets can be added to your start.me page, so you can keep track of all your Analytics KPI’s from across all your websites on one simple dashboard.

Instructions for adding the Google Analytics widget to your start.me page

1. Click the + sign in the page-grid to add a widget
2. Search for “Analytics”
3. Add the Analytics widget to your page
4. Authorize start.me to access your Analytics data using your Google account
5. Use the Settings dialog to select the Site, Metric and Segment that you want to display

Please let us know what you think of this new Analytics widget, by leaving your comment below or by e-mailing us at [email protected].

Available to Premium users only

Please note: This widget is only available for Premium users. You can upgrade to Premium for just 20USD/annual or 45USD/lifetime. Premium members also enjoy additional benefits, including an ad-free and faster loading experience. Upgrade now!

We’ve improved icons on start.me

In the previous weeks we’ve done some work in the background to improve the bookmark icons on start.me.

The main improvements are:

  • Icons are now loaded faster. On average we’ve been able to reduce the loading times for all icons on a page by almost 185ms. We’re continuing to focus on improving the overall loading speed of start.me and this is another step in the right direction.
  • For thousands of websites we have improved the quality of the icon. Even if you choose the “large” or “extra large” view, the icons remain sharp.
  • All the custom icons that you’ve uploaded are now available in the “Your icons” tab in the “Select Icon” dialog. This makes it much easier to reuse custom icons for multiple websites.

Stay tuned as we continue to work on improving the start.me product.

You can now find pages shared by other users

As of today you can find user contributed pages on start.me about topics of interest, for instance News, Entertainment and Sports. You can use these pages as a source of inspiration for your own page, or simply “Favorite” them so you can easily access these pages through your Pages menu.

Currently we have over 200 localized pages available, spanning 33 countries. More pages are added on a daily basis. Do you miss a particular page or subject? Let us know and we’ll try to make it available as soon as possible.

Find pages of interest

(1) Open the Pages Menu (left top icon) and select “Find Pages of Interest”.

(2) Here you can browse Public pages and Team pages.

  • Public pages – Pages created by other users or by the start.me content team. Pages can be filtered using the Subject and Country drop down.
  • Team pages – Pages created and shared by other members of your team.

(3) Once you found an interesting page, you can add it to your Pages menu using one of the following two options:

  • “Favorite” page – Click the yellow star icon next to the page title to Favorite a page. You’ll instantly see updates (e.g. new widgets that are added) by other users on this page, but you can’t edit the page.
  • Edit page – Click green edit icon in the right top to Edit the page. You won’t see any further updates made by other users on this page.

Example pages

To give you an idea of the pages that are currently available:

  • US Elections 2016
    Interested in US politics? With this page you can easily follow the most important headlines about the upcoming US elections.
  • Technology
    Do you want to stay up-to-date about the latest tech news and innovations? You’ll find a curated list of the best tech news feeds and sites on this Technology page.
  • Shopping
    Looking for a selection of the best online destinations for shopping? Then don’t forget to follow this Shopping page.

Share your page with the rest of the world

Have you created a page that could be useful for others and are you willing to share it? Then please e-mail us the the URL of the page. After we reviewed your page, we’ll feature it in the new “Pages of Interest” section.

Provide us with your feedback

As always we’d like to hear your feedback about this new feature. Please e-mail us or leave a comment below.

Browser Iron integrates start.me as default start page

We have some exciting news to share… This week start.me has become the default start page in Iron browser. Iron is based on the open-source Chromium browser project and has seen over 1,000,000 installs since 2008.

Users of the Iron browser will now be able to take full advantage of start.me ‘s modern and advanced start page features.

We want to welcome all Iron users and hope you’ll enjoy using your new (personalizable) start page!


Press release

The Hague, Netherlands (March 3rd, 2016) – Today, SRWare and start.me announced the integration of a new personal start page service in the popular Iron browser.

The web-based start page solution provides advanced bookmarking capabilities; support for RSS feeds and thousands of widgets that help users connect to their cloud services right from their start page.

start.me’s founder Arjen Robijn said: “start.me offers users a great way to start their journey on the internet. We’re proud that SRWare has chosen to work with start.me to provide our unique start page experience to the Iron browser community.”

Iron’s founder Stefan Ries commented: “start.me has built a start page that is fast, beautifully designed and contains many personalization features. We are really excited about this partnership, as we believe it will significantly enhance the browsing experience for our users.”

The start page can be accessed at https://iron.start.me. Users can use the start page anonymously or register for a free account to take full advantage of the cloud.

About SRWare

SRWare has developed the popular alternative web browser Iron. Iron is based on the open-source Chromium project. The first version was launched in 2008. Iron has seen over 1,000,000 installs and is popular because of its enhanced privacy features.

About start.me

start.me has developed a modern start page that is used by over 700,000 users every month. start.me’s white-label start page helps browser developers and portals to increase user-engagement and generate revenue through start.me’s built-in monetization platform.

More information

For more information about start.me, please visit https://start.me/about or contact [email protected].

Tip: Embed external content into your start.me page

Did you know that you can use the Embed widget to easily embed content (widgets, images, videos, etc) from external services to your start.me page?

Instructions to add the Embed widget to your page:

  1. On your start.me page, click on the “+” in the grid
  2. Select “Embed webpage” in the list of widgets
  3. Copy the “embed code” (provided by the external site) or URL (to an image/video or HTML web page) into the Embed widget
  4. Done!

To give you some examples of content that you can add to your start.me page:

Example #1: Weather Forecast

Forecast.io provides a great free weather widget that provides you with a 7-day weather forecast for any location in the world.

Embed code:
<iframe id="forecast_embed" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="245" width="100%" src="https://forecast.io/embed/#lat=42.3583&lon=-71.0603&name=Downtown Boston"> </iframe>

You can change the following parameters in order to retrieve weather data for another location:

  • lat – Latitude
  • lon – Longitude
  • name – Name of the location (you want to display inside the widget)

If you don’t know your Latitude/Longitude, you can use another online service – like mygeoposition.com – to retrieve it for you.  For more information about this Weather widget and additional configuration options, see blog.forecast.io.

Example #2: Youtube

Saw an interesting video on Youtube that you want to post to your start.me page? Simple copy the Youtube URL of the video into the embed widget and you’re done.

Example #3: Website performance chart

Compete.com provides many website performance data tools. They also provide a chart widget that lets you display the performance for a specific website over the last 13 months.

Simply go to compete.com, enter the URL of the site you want to follow and then click the “Embed” button inside the graph to generate the embed code that you can paste into your start.me page.

Some other tips about the Embed widget

  1. You can add multiple embed widgets to the same start.me page, allowing you to create a full fledged dashboard with information pouring in from various sources.
  2. In the Embed Widget settings you can configure the height of the widget and the suppressing of borders.
  3. Make sure to embed content served over https:// as the Embed widget may not work otherwise. Read more about this here.

Questions or suggestions for widgets?

Please drop us an e-mail at [email protected] or leave a comment, if you have any questions about the embed widget. We also love to hear from you what kind of external widgets you use on start.me, so we can look into providing these widgets by default in our widget library.