Please suggest a replacement for iGoogle that works well with Firefox and Thunderbird.
Your instructions are not detailed enough. The screen shots you show don't look like my screen shots.
What is a "blank" home page? What can it be used for?
In the discussion, one response has two links. One link is to an article on a few possible replacements for iGoogle. But the article is incomprehensible to a non-geek like me. The other link is to an unhelpful result of a Google search.
Does Firefox/Mozilla have a default homepage of its own which I can use to sort my Bookmarks?
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Symbaloo Startific protopage netvibes ighomes these are best replacement for igoogle suggested by cnet and works well with firefox
One of the links mentioned on TechSupportAlert is http://www.startme.com which is the one I've been using myself. So far it's been working well for me.
i am also using startme from couple of months and with only 3 clicks and you can easily import your data from igoogle to startme.
I had read the "6 great alternatives" article; it looks good and is often recommended. But it is sprinkled with jargon and its ratings are unexplained and confusing. I refer to it in the 3rd paragraph of the detail of my question.
I just went to STARTME. It looked good with a nice Firefox greeting.
Then I had to make a choice. Should I use it as a
- Firefox Add-on?
- Homepage? or
- Tab page?
I went for Homepage not knowing how it would work the other ways and I immediately ran into trouble trying to set it up. The instructions asked me to open the "Firefox preferences." I can't see how to do that. I have the following Icons on my Toolbar: File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, and Help. None of their drop down menus contain or lead to Preferences.
Tools > Options = Firefox preferences on Windows PC's
Enrolled in STARTME, it looks interesting. However...
1) When I open my browser (Firefox) I get the generic homepage, not my personal webpage. I have to login to get that, which is annoying. Can it be fixed?
2) Why did STARTME ask me to allow it to store something on my computer? How much space is it taking up?
Websites remembering you and automatically log you on is stored in a cookie.
- Create an allow cookie exception (Tools > Options > Privacy > Cookies: Exceptions) to keep such a cookie, especially for secure websites and if cookies expire when Firefox is closed.
In case you are using "Clear history when Firefox closes":
- do not clear the Cookies
- do not clear the Site Preferences
- Tools > Options > Privacy > Firefox will: "Use custom settings for history": [X] "Clear history when Firefox closes" > Settings
Note that clearing "Site Preferences" clears all exceptions for cookies, images, pop-up windows, software installation, and passwords.
Clearing cookies will remove all specified (selected) cookies including cookies with an allow exception that you want to keep.
Cor-el, Thanks but I'm not sure I understand your instructions. I guess I'm willing to allow STARTME cookies to remain but I don't want to allow a lot of marketing and snooping cookies. But I can't figure out what the options from your instructions.
If STARTME is asking for permission to store data then it is likely that this is data for offline storage.
You can check in "Firefox/Tools > Options > Advanced > Network" how much data currently is stored and you can also remove it there.
What I mean is that if you want to log in automatically to the STARTME website then you have to keep the cookies from that website (domain).
If you would allow all third-party cookies then you can end up with a lot of cookies on some websites.
Most websites work well with third-party cookies disabled, but you can choose to allow third-party cookies from websites that you have already visited instead of allowing third-party in general in case a server doesn't work.
Also with content displayed embedded (e.g. YouTube videos) allowing third-party cookies from visited websites would allow access to settings stored in such a a cookie (volume, resolution).
I agree with you that iGoogle closed next month and iGoogle users find the best alternatives. Igooglealternatives.info provides you the best information regarding top 10 best alternatives. Here you can get the deep information regarding your best alternatives.
Since the iGoogle shutdown, I tried different alternatives and the one which is most like iGoogle is igHome. I also found a site called Hinto and even though it doesn't try to replicate all the iGoogle features, I was able to create a personalized homepage with the sites I love (see the image below). And of course, both work well in Firefox. Hope this helps.
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