WOF: What's your browser homepage and why?

By on July 4, 2010, 8:54 PM
[Weekend Open Forum] In the beginning there was Yahoo, the ubiquitous homepage of choice for millions of Web users in the late 90s. Coming from an era when Web portals were hot properties and ISPs nearly forced you to use their own, many continue to devoutly rely on Yahoo as their start page to see what's new on the Internet and the world.

Over the years however many different options and trends have come and go on how to start your browsing sessions. From Google's simplistic search box approach to RSS-inspired personalized homepages like Netvibes and Pageflakes. Most recently social networks have elevated themselves as a source of breaking news and an effective way to connect with those around you. The browser itself has also impacted how you can start every session. For example, you can have it remember what tabs were open last time and take it from there, or you could set it up to open nothing (about:blank).


While we certainly encourage you to add TechSpot to your shortlist of first things to see when you browse the Web every day, in this week's WOF we ask you, what's your browser homepage and why? If you want to throw a brief story on how you used to code your own homepage filled with your favorite links back in the day (I did!) you won't hear us complaining. Discuss.




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dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Google.com this has been mine for years

Punkid said:

blank page , i have google in the search bar in firefox so i dont need that as a homepage....but i would have kept a homepage like the one in opera or safari if firefox had it

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

My browsers on my 24 nodes network here all use my IIS 7 Web Server. The intranet site has TechSpot as one of the many links but this is no.1 site! I use Google Chrome for Browsing and Google for Search Engine.

Chazz said:

I use bing.com. I love seeing the pictures everyday.

princeton princeton said:

www.techspot.com I check here all the time. Dunno why.

blackcat77 said:

Weather Underground, which has been my startup page for many years. A quick check of the radar is always a good thing.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I have 5 tabbed homepages. 1- Gmail, 2- Techspot (Best tech blog/forum I've found to date), 3- Youtube (purely for my amusement), 4- PINAC (Carlosmiller.com - a great 1st amendment blog), 5- Twitter (For news headlines mainly).

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well i've been umm 'bored and lazy (at the same time) enough' to create my own home page carrying links of sites I usually regularly visit. Never ever I used any of those stupid home pages like boogle or ging

Basher said:

https://www.google.com

Because I'm paranoid. Even though they record everything and after 9 months I become "anonymous" when they remove the last IP octet.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Football365 during the football (soccer) season, Kissing Suzy Kolber during NFL season, BBC News if the collapse of Western civilization looks imminent (Mondays and Fridays).

cheers12 said:

igoogle, with reader, twitter, facebook, gmail, stocks and google calendar

Guest said:

www.speedymarks.com a site similar to Fast Dial, but online :) with lots of sites of my interest in it.

Guest said:

I use Bing sinds a fwe weeks. I did have Google for years, but I did not like it al in a sudden.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Blank page (simply because browsers show the home page on every open window instead of just on start), but I always have iGoogle and Gmail open.

Guest said:

Firefox with 27 Speed Dials. XD

Swanen said:

www.superstart.se

It has many small necessary applications, e.g. news headline(some text aswell), weather, calendar.

Funkmesideways said:

Funny you ask techspot...

I have Chrome open with 4 tabs:

Yahoo mail (automatically logged in)

BBC homepage

Google.co.uk

and (no joke) www.techspot.com

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

I just use whatever the browser default is (I'm on Pale Moon at the moment).

Staff
Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

I have the previously open tabs load in Opera...

For all my browsers www.google.com is the homepage tho... (And has been for as long as I can remember)

Guest said:

Firefox with the Fast Dial add-on as homepage.

MikeFE said:

about :Blank

Because I never know beforehand what sites I want to check (though Techspot.com, tomshardware.com, vi.nl, gog.com, theregister.co.uk and some others are ones I check almost everyday)

Guest said:

http://www.theplaceforitall.com/googlex2/

not being in north america google redirects me to the local site which i hate

so this one is/was my favorite for years

simple straight

Guest said:

blank page

Guest said:

Wikipedia is my start page. I love reading the feature article evey day.

Fragrant Coit Fragrant Coit said:

iGoogle, with Weather, ABC News, Quote of the day, Techspot, Maps & Gmail

Serag said:

Netvibes with personal notes, to-do list and weather.

Guest said:

eBay! You know ...

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

google.ca since I'm in Canada and it automatically jumps me from google.com.

Guest said:

Blank page. Of course.

Guest said:

Our family computer has Bing.com. Each day the kids get excited about what the image is and learning all about it. I really like the abilty to rollver the right side tab on each search result to get a quick look at the site without navigating to it. Very nice.

gadzooks64 said:

I love my customized igoogle page.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

For Firefox, I have techspot as my home page (did have Google, but I figured since techspot is the first thing I visit and I have a google search bar in the corner of the browser, techspot as my homepage made more sense).

For Chrome, I have the speed dial as my home page. All I have to do is click the home button and there are all my favorite sites with a google search bar at the top for if I want to google something.

natefalk natefalk said:

iGoogle

w/ TechSpot, PlayStation Blog, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewer News, Google News, MLB Scoreboard, Weather, Digg, Gmail, Horoscope and of course The How-To Geek

posermobile89 said:

I use opera and Google is my home page, but my browser opens to speed dial. Gotta love handy access to all my favorites sites with just one click!

TheCosmicFrog said:

iGoogle for me, with all my tech news feeds.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

google...fast

treeski treeski said:

On Chrome (my main browser) I use the new tab page with all the thumbnails of often visited sites. On Pale Moon I use Bing as the home page... I love the pictures and I prefer the Bing search.

0192837465 0192837465 said:

Google.com, because it is small and open extremely fast also it comes with the browser I use Firefox for sure.

Guest said:

On one computer I have Google; on the other the New York Times.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Hate to say it, but Yahoo! is my homepage. It's a piece of crap, but I've been using it for years - probably for as long as Yahoo! has been around and now it's just a force of habit. I've customized it as much as possible to avoid all the "National Enquirer" crap they put on it, but still is pretty bad.

I just need to get off my duff and create my own or find something better. I like Guest's idea of Wikipedia as a start page - I'm there half a dozen times a day anyway.

4evah said:

I use google on my primary browser (Opera) and IE's homepage is Bing

Jibberish18 said:

Bing. My main search engine. Plus I like seeing the new pics they add every day. I leave Google as my secondary search engine through my main search tab in Firefox.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

on all browsers: blank! but when i go on them - 5 fixed main tabs - Playstation Lifestyle / Steam / techspot / playfire / yahoo.

when i do search: google

fav browsers: Chrome & Firefox

cheers!

KG363 KG363 said:

Mine is the google chrome new tab page

Clrabbit said:

wow lot of google Home pages out there....

Don't I feel the odd one out I use a modded Opera Speed Dial as my home page.

0 load time sense it's all local files, and access to more then I would want to spend time shacking a stick at.

Using simple URL shortcuts I can search from every search engine I want (Google, ebay, amazone, cuil, ask, gigablast, yippy, wikiapedia...etc)

42 thumbnail speed dial entries to all my most used Mail,hosting, web apps and BBS accounts + a couple web comics that don't use RSS feeds.

tonylukac said:

I have about :blank as my homepage. Im tired of waiting for all that flash to load on fancy websites on my 700k connection each time I open my browser. Thus, if I had to choose an opening page different from that one, I'd choose Google for its simplicity.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

iGoogle with News, Sports, Weather and Google Trends on my list. I use the FF bookmarks toolbar for all my top news, tech and gaming sites I visit and TechSpot is number one on that list .

Yad Yad said:

[link]

Default one

Guest said:

Astronomy Picture of the Day.. Has been that for the past 9 and a half years.

Because i love the daily space photos.

Guest said:

Sites: vwvortex.com and/or fourtitude.com

Why: car fan

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