A startpage is your portal to the web. It’s the first page that greets you when you open your web browser. It’s been said that making your bed first thing in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. Your startpage can have a similar effect.
Many startpages exist, some simpler than others, but nothing compares to the simplicity of start.io. It’s a simple collection of links, organized into groups and selected by you.
Sign up and head into the settings page to add your links. It’s a good idea to think about your selections a bit. Brett Kelly once wrote a great piece on using your dock to reflect your priorities, the idea being that if you want to write or code, your text editor should be prominently displayed on your dock. If Facebook is a distraction and prevents you from accomplishing your goals, then it should be absent from your dock.
The same mode of thinking can go into your startpage. Add only the sites or tools that get you closer to what you want to accomplish, and eliminate distractions.
If you prefer, you can also import an existing bookmarks file.
When you’ve chosen your links, head over to the layouts tab to customize the appearance of your page. Eight predefined layouts exist for you to choose from, but the possibilities are endless if you know a bit of CSS, as start.io gives you the option to customize further with any CSS tweak in your arsenal.
You can also use start.io on your phone or tablet with a mobile-optimized version. Just enter ‘m’ in front of the url (ie m.start.io/rboone), though I should note that this address did not work for me on my ICS Android phone. Entering ‘i.start.io/rboone’, however, did. This is the iphone-optimized mobile version, but worked well on my Android device.
Some other options exist, like changing the background to a color of your choosing, or opting to keep your startpage private, requiring a login to see it. Mostly, though, the process is simple and straightforward. When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful portal into the world wide web which reflects your priorities.
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