Easier bookmark adding and discovery

For most users, the main purpose of start.me is to store bookmarks. That’s why we find it important to make adding and managing bookmarks as easy as possible. We already offer a browser extension to add bookmarks directly from your browser. Today’s update enhances bookmark adding from within start.me and helps you discover interesting new sites.

The bookmark-adder

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You have probably used the big green button (BGB) in start.me’s header bar. It is the quickest way to add a bookmark. Until today, this only allowed you to add multiple URLs at once. Even though that is often quite handy, this approach would not let you enter a custom title or description.

That’s why we added a ‘Single URL’ mode, that allows you to add a new bookmark, directly specifying its title and description. Adding multiple bookmarks at once is still possible. We added a button that allows you to switch between single and multiple URL modes.

It’s so simple, you may wonder what took us so long to invent it. Well, there is a good reason for that, actually…

Browsing suggested sites

On the above screenshot you may have noticed the second tab in the Bookmark adder: “Suggestions”. This new tab houses a really exciting new feature that allows you to quickly add well known sites and… discover some more!

Our team or content curators has silently worked on building a huge collection of sites, cataloging and indexing them. This collection is instantly available to you through the suggestions tab.

You can choose to browse the list of suggestions, filtering based on your interests or the country you are interested in. Or you can actively search the database by entering one of more keywords, like ‘sport’ or ‘cloud’. The filters help you narrow down the results.

Adding sites you like is simple: just select them and click Add. The sites will appear as new bookmarks in the widget you selected.

Did you know?

To quickly add bookmarks to a specific widget, you can just use its widget menu and select ‘Add bookmark’. Also, the bookmark adder will remember to which widget you last added a bookmark and automatically suggest that widget next time.

Background colors, icons and new RSS widget setting

Last tuesday we already posted about some new widget customization options we added. Today we released some more improvements. They are not as big as earlier this week, but still worth mentioning. And of course we like you to know we are continuously working to improve start.me. Not all improvements are always visible, so the ones that are, we like to brag about a little every once in a while…

More background colors

When we launched the new option to select a background color for widgets we realized 9 colors is not a lot to choose from. To give you a little more to choose from, we added 12 more neutral colors, including those you were used to have in the Notes widget. In the future we hope to allow you complete freedom in picking a color, including darker ones.

Search feature in icon selector

start.me supports custom icons for both widgets and bookmarks for quite some while. The icon set we offer contains over 600 icons. Finding the right one could be quite a bit of work, at times even frustrating. So we added a nice search feature. Just start typing the name of the icon you are looking for (e.g. ‘photo’, ‘twitter’ or ‘check’) and we will find the icon for you!

Not sure how to select an icon for a bookmark? Just right click it and select ‘Edit’. Try using custom icons in combination with the new detailed list mode and Markdown support of our Bookmarks: quite awesome!

Start feed widget extra large

RSS feeds quite often contain photos. Some major news feeds like Mashable and Lifehack offer beautiful pictures in their feeds. To make those great images stand out more, we added a new option to the RSS widget: ‘start with extra large image’. This option is available when you choose the ‘thumbnail’ or ‘large’ image mode and have at least 2 summaries displayed. Once the option is enabled, you will see that the first article will be displayed with a full width, extra large image. Just beautiful. Try it and be amazed. Oh, and it works really well with Youtube RSS feeds, too!

Bonus: more to discover

You may have already tried our new Discover section on start.me/discover. Our editors are adding new sites every day. Have you already discovered our new Apps category? And for those of you from Russia: check out the hundreds of new sites our editors have found for you! Still looking for a great Christmas present? Perhaps you find something you like in our Gifts and Deals sections on Discover > Shopping.

Some Sinterklaas presents for you

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.

Copying pages

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!

Hi Paul!

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 😉

 

Discover new sites with start.me/discover

A personal start page like start.me is a great place to keep all your favorite sites. But where do you go when you are looking for some great new places? You might try Googling around a little. Perhaps Facebook offers you some nice articles. Starting today, you can use start.me as your source of inspiration, too! We proudly present the first beta-version of start.me/discover, a catalog of the best sites on the web, based on actual feedback from start.me users.

start.me/discover is as simple as it is effective. It offers you a directory of thousands of popular sites, organized in more than 250 different categories. Are you looking for some interesting new Tech News sites, some cool new Apps or in need of a new Music instrument? There are tons of sites for you to discover. So give it a try, discover great Tech sites or find your new favorite Shop.

Of course, every site you discover this way can easily be added to your own personal start page. And it works well on your mobile phone or tablet as well, making start.me/discover quite the ideal pastime for those waiting moments.

Our new Content Discovery section is still in beta and we are continuously working to add new features. There is some really great stuff waiting and we are counting on you for ideas and suggestions for killer features we have not yet invented. Do you think some important sites in your country are missing? Drop us a note and join our team of content curators!