I’ve recently began researching web portals. I haven’t been a big fan of them in the past, but I’ve started to get back into them a little more. It’s just nice haveing a one stop site to get the latest news via RSS, email, the weather and photos. So I decided to see what was out there. I tried five different services including:
What I’ve come to figure out is that two stand above the rest. Netvibes and Protopage are my top picks, but I haven’t been able to pick just one.
Pros: Lots of widgets to add, works well and is fast.
Cons: No tabs available and no iCal support (yet) or access to other email accounts.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: Long sign-up process and not many features available.
Pros: Tabs, themes, lots of Yahoo items tied in.
Cons: No external email check, seems slow, not the most user friendly.
Pros: Looks great, access’ Gmail and POP/IMAP mail accounts, access to Flicker images, tabs with tab icons and it’s quick and easy.
Cons: Won’t remember my POP email password and it had a hard time remembering my POP information. Support doesn’t seem to respond either and the blog is filling up with spam comments.
Pros: Themeable, looks good, POP/IMAP mail accounts, free positioning of windows, tabs, background images, great support in the blog.
Cons: Tabs are small and not nameable, no Flicker support (showing images), doesn’t look as professional.
Supposedly Protopage has a new version coming out soon. I’m guessing that’ll knock the socks off Netvibes. But, until then, I think that Netvibes is my most used one. I just like the look and feel more than Protopage.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite web portal?