Developers Log

v4.5 All Startpages Rebuilt

Uses new start-framework page to build all start pages. Completes update of all individual startpages to use framework instead of individual php/html. Fixes errors in drop-down and toolbar/sharing. Fixes multiple broken links on various startpages. (Note: Backend update creates case option for easy Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon, Wikipedia and IMDB links.)

Uses new start-framework page to build all start pages.
Completes update of all individual startpages to use framework instead of individual php/html.
Fixes errors in drop-down and toolbar/sharing.
Fixes multiple broken links on various startpages.
(Note: Backend update creates case option for easy Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon, Wikipedia and IMDB links.)

v3.5 Create Your Own Theme!

Today AwesomeStart released a new feature that allows users to create their own startpage theme. The site previously let users customize their own startpage based on over four hundred themes in their gallery. Now users can create their own theme. The new theme creator is now up at http://awesomestart.com/create/ and is ridiculously easy to use. … Continue reading “v3.5 Create Your Own Theme!”

Today AwesomeStart released a new feature that allows users to create their own startpage theme. The site previously let users customize their own startpage based on over four hundred themes in their gallery. Now users can create their own theme.

Create a Startpage
Create a Startpage

The new theme creator is now up at http://awesomestart.com/create/ and is ridiculously easy to use. You enter the URL of an image, select a few colors, and name the theme.

The theme is saved on your computer via cookies, but you can then go the extra mile and publish it to the site. All you have to do is enter the URL you’d like and click the publish button.

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Anyone can use a published theme by going to the chosen URL and setting it as their homepage. These pages can easily be shared using the “Share” link in the upper right hand corner of each page.

AwesomeStart has also integrated the new public themes into the main site search and gallery. After a brief delay, the theme will show up in the public gallery. The gallery allows users to view submissions by tags to make browsing even easier.

Mystery Feature No Longer a Mystery?

It’s fun to read the posts on our facebook page. For months now people have been speculating on the new mystery feature. We’ve finally got an announcement ready – you won’t have to speculate much longer. The new feature will go live this Wednesday, October 14th, 2009. Beta testing has ended, and we’re now cleaning … Continue reading “Mystery Feature No Longer a Mystery?”

It’s fun to read the posts on our facebook page. For months now people have been speculating on the new mystery feature. We’ve finally got an announcement ready – you won’t have to speculate much longer.

The new feature will go live this Wednesday, October 14th, 2009.

Beta testing has ended, and we’re now cleaning the databases for launch. We’ve already said too much! See you Wednesday!

New Share Feature

There is a brand new share feature in the upper right hand corner of every startpage. We started developing this feature as a part of our big feature update (which is planned to go up sometime in October). We decided to put up the sharing aspect early so everyone could start using it. It’s pretty … Continue reading “New Share Feature”

There is a brand new share feature in the upper right hand corner of every startpage. We started developing this feature as a part of our big feature update (which is planned to go up sometime in October). We decided to put up the sharing aspect early so everyone could start using it.

AwesomeStart Share Feature
AwesomeStart Share Feature

It’s pretty simple – so you click “Share” in the upper right hand corner of the page and pick which site you’d like to share on. The site will open in a new window with all the information filled in. There’s also a text field with some code incase you’re just looking to show off your startpage via HTML.

We’ve coded the share popup so it will work on both javascript and non-javascript browsers. Promote.AwesomeStart.com has also received an update to make use of the new feature. If you have a startpage set up, the promote page will display these sharing options by default. If not, you’ll see the standard banner codes.

By using our own code rather than a third party plug-in like Addthis, the share feature will load faster and can expand to include other functionality in the future.

Click the “Share” link on your startpage and give it a try!