Meet start.me: our favorite Xmarks Alternative

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

My favorite bookmarking tool to replace Xmarks, is start.me. 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. 

Major advantages of start.me

First of all, it works on all browsers and platforms, without the need to sync your bookmarks. You can access all your bookmarks on a web-page (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 totally 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 really 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.

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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Raindrop.io is a visually appealing Xmarks alternative

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Screenshot raindrop.io
4.5 out of 5 stars

Raindrop.io is an online bookmarking service for all platforms and browsers. It’s not text based, which is a great relief! We really like their Moodboard option to view bookmarks. Also, with Raindrop you can save your bookmarks into folders. You can access these bookmarks from any location. Continue reading

Pinboard

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Pinboard

4.1 out of 5 stars

Pinboard is a social bookmarking website developed and run by Maciej Cegłowski. It is a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site for people who value privacy and speed. Also, since this product there is only one developer with explicit opinions you can follow on Twitter, you’ll choose a service with a face. A sympathetic Tweeter, I could add.

Still, what you see once you decide to try it out, is not very visually appealing. Cegłowski has a sense of design that’s just borderline boring. Sure, it’s fast and reliable, but there’s only text there — nothing else. And, as for new services: we haven’t seen a lot of them lately.

So, this is what do you get: no background image, but tagged bookmarks. No ads, no tracking. A pricing model that’s not prohibitive. Plus: reliable access for all platforms and browsers. It doesn’t do a million things but focuses on bookmarking.

This Xmarks Alternative is not free to try or use. For $11/year, you will receive access to the ad-free bookmark manager. For a few dollars more, Cegłowski lets you archive your bookmarks. You also get a full-text search and a dead link checker.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense bookmarking solution, this is is the right choice! 

Rating Pinboard

Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Usability:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Mobile support:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Performance:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Customer support:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pricing

  • $11/year for a Regular account
  • $25/year for an account with support for Archiving
  • No free version available

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