start.me review: the best Xmarks Alternative

Screenshot start.me
Sleek opening screen of start.me
5 out of 5 stars

start.me is a free bookmarking tool to replace Xmarks. It’s a powerful and visual bookmark manager that opens on your homepage or on every new tab page. Once you’ve imported your old bookmarks, you’ll always have quick access to your favorite sites. 

Where many other bookmark managers never seem to progress to a version 1.0, start.me is clearly being developed actively. Their blog is proof enough. Or the status updates in the Chrome Web Store. The service keeps getting faster and faster every year. Plus, they keep on adding new features every month or so. Let’s call this more than a big plus: it’s a necessary condition, if you entrust your personal data and workflow to someone else. They haven’t disappointed us yet.

Major advantages of start.me

First, it works on all browsers and platforms, without the need to synchronize your bookmarks. You can access all your bookmarks on a webpage (like my.xmarks.com). Pages are private by default, but you can also easily share them with others.

start.me comes with an elegant design which is customizable. As a result, you can determine the number of columns you see, the bookmarks widgets you use to organize everything. So, you need more levels? Even in the free version you can add as many pages as you’d like. Set colors, backgrounds, icons, choose a Dark Theme, if you want to. Also, the interface is easy-to-use.

Moreover, it has offers great support for bookmarks, with features like bookmark search, import/export, Broken Link Checker.

Finally, besides bookmarking, it provides a lot of extras, like support for RSS Feeds, Notes, and Images. The embed widget allows you to embed any external webpage into your dashboard.

What makes start.me different from Xmarks?

The wonderful thing about Xmarks was the fact that it was a free solution for an old Firefox problem. When they started out, the Internet was a hugely different place than today. Now, more than 50% of all traffic is mobile. Google knows this, and it’s advanced their Mobile First Policy ever since. Without claiming that Xmarks met its demise because of these changes, it’s not difficult to see that a desktop-tied solution wasn’t built for the future. 

Times they are a-changing…

Rating start.me

Features:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Usability:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Mobile support:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Performance:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Customer support:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Pricing

  • Free with a PRO subscription for extras
  • The basic version is free (and promised to be free forever). It includes all the features of the product.
  • The PRO subscription costs $20/year. It adds extra widgets and a broken link checker.

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