iGoogle Replacements – FreeFile Review

FFR-WP-logoig-replacementIf you use iGoogle, as I do, you are aware that it is being shut down on November 1, 2013. iGoogle was a very useful page to aggregate many news feeds on one page. After investigating many alternatives, I tried to live with two of the most popular solutions. I found one so-so and one excellent.

My Yahoo has been around for years and it requires a Yahoo account to use. It has been updated recently and is pleasant looking, but customizations are limited to background images and number of columns to display. The quantity of RSS feeds available is very limited, however I was able find enough to make a decent page. People who live in Yahoo’s universe will find the prominent links to other Yahoo properties useful. The deal breaker for me was two widgets that require location information (Weather and Local News) refused to remember my location. I had to re-enter my location every time the page was opened or else enjoy weather from 100 miles away. Many other users report this issue in MyYahoo’s forum.

igHome was designed as a replacement for iGoogle and I think it is by far the better solution. Registration at igHome requires only an email address. The number and quality of widgets (igHome calls them Gadgets) offered is fantastic. I found nearly all of the widgets that I had on iGoogle, and several new, interesting newsfeeds. Customization includes background image (only a few) and number of columns. Each widget can also be customized in several ways – title, height, font size, number of stories, and more. Also, you can create a widget with any valid RSS feed. After a few days of regular use, I find igHome to be not just a good replacement for iGoogle, I find it to be an upgrade.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –

Unless you live in Yahoo’s world, igHome is the best solution as an iGoogle replacement.

Go to igHome

Go to My Yahoo

Read more FreeFile Reviews at DanKostecki.com


8 Responses to “iGoogle Replacements – FreeFile Review”

  1. 1 ChristianVilla October 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Ever since My MSN went down I’ve been using https://www.papaly.com/ as a replacement. Fun and easy start-page along with easy customizable categories just like igHome

  2. 2 Jon Thomas March 24, 2014 at 3:06 am

    I’m another user of http://www.start.me and I’m liking it a lot. I didn’t need much time to get used to it and they’ve been adding stuff over the last few months so I keep changing things around and experimenting. Kind of like being an interior designer for your startpage 🙂

  3. 3 Daniel November 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    For me, the best replacement is http://www.hinto.co and I start every day checking my bunch of sites on hinto.

  4. 4 Anonymous November 6, 2013 at 4:47 am

    You can try http://damage.io.

    Not a lot of gadgets yet but it does what iGoogle did for me so I’m happy.

  5. 5 dummr November 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Excellent resource. I’m sticking with igHome, but I will be giving StartMe a closer look.

  6. 6 johnmattca November 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Here you can get your top 10 iGoogle alternatives igooglealternatives.info .

  7. 7 treacaus October 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I recommend http://www.startme.com its easy to use interface is really impressive I am using it from last couple of months and now its my personal start page

  8. 8 Tom October 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Try http://www.iloggo.com nice icon based starting page which works also on mobile browsers

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