If you like just a little distraction when you start up your browser, if you find Twitter and news sites too in-your-face, but a blank page too mundane, try Wikipedia. Yeah that's right, we just linked to Wikipedia, like it's some obscure site we found. Because if you only end up there through Google results, you might have never noticed their elegant, calming home page.
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Chrome: There are a few excellent start page alternatives to the now-defunct iGoogle, but if you want something that mimics the look of the original, then iChrome is probably the closest option. Of course, you need to be running Google Chrome, and it's not as customisable as iGoogle, but it has a few neat functions.
Google is finally shutting down the super-customisable iGoogle start page on November 1, but that doesn't mean you're stuck without your daily dose of news and other widgets. Here are five great alternatives to iGoogle that you can use as your new do-anything start page.
Chrome: You have all sorts of ways to customise your new tab page in Chrome. But if you're looking for something with a lot of customisation options and a fast load time, Fruumo is worth a look.
Firefox includes a couple of options for your new tab page. You can go with a grid of your most commonly visited sites, use the Firefox Start Page that has a Google search bar and quick links to your history, add-ons or downloads, or stick with the classic "about:blank". If you don't like those options, or you want something a bit more flexible, you do have options that add more features to every new tab. Let's look at some of them.
Chrome: If you like the look of Windows 8's Start Screen, but you're not keen on using it in Windows, New Metrotab for Chrome lets you use it for your new tab page. You get tiles for bookmarks, favourite sites, email and more. If you're looking to spruce up "about:blank" with something more useful, this will do the trick.
The new tab page built into Chrome (and soon, Firefox) is a nice touch, but it isn't incredibly customisable, nor is it particularly beautiful. If you're looking for something a little beyond what your browser's default start page has to offer, here are our favourite extensions and services that add a bit of extra functionality and pizzazz to your new tabs.
If your browser's default start page is feeling a little ugly and boring, DeviantART user flatmo1 has created a great-looking start page inspired by Windows 8's tiled interface, ready to get you to your favourite sites with just a click.
We've certainly looked at our fair share of awesome browser start pages, but if you want to roll your own one deviantART user has created a pretty awesome starting point.