Monthly Archives: June 2012

What the Future holds for YourPort

After releasing the first public version, we’ve been giving much thought to where we should go next. Besides improving the overall user experience, we want to improve the usefullness of the site. And the feedback of you, early users, has been very important.

We decided that, for the following months, we will focus on these features:

• Ability to browse and use other peoples pages
• Suggested sites based on your interests
• Random site options based on your interests
• Integrate social networking into Ports
• Category based pre-made Ports
• Make ports private
• Create collaborative ports
• Login or create an account using social networking sites

Other things we also have in mind, but won’t focus right now:

• Mobile applications
• Widgets

Feel free to let us know what you think of these, or better still, let us know if you have any yourselves by adding them on our user feedback page.

Yourport versus Chrome

Most people have heard of and used Chrome’s homepage and after hearing about Yourport have wondered what the differences are between the two. Good question, as on the surface they look a little similar after all.

Many of Chrome’s restrictions are let free in Yourport, here is how.

  • Whilst Chrome can only display thumbnails of the websites you have visited the most, Yourport is all about the flexibility of adding any website you like, but more importantly, any content you like.
  • YourPort is not just about assessing your favourite websites quickly, its also about discovery. Yourport lets you unearth news sites that you may not have known even existed. Our team spend countless hours crawling the internet looking for new sites that we think are good enough for our database.
  • Sport, food, technology, everyone has an interest? Create a Port with all your stuff so you can easily find it, then share it with others. Better still, discover what other user have created.
  • Browse without restrictions. We feel that you shouldn’t be restricted to searching on the internet with just one type of browser as every type of browser has their advantages and disadvantages. Yourport allows you to easily jump between any search engine on the fly.
  • Agreed, there are some similarities between the two services but we think Yourport is much easier to use and is less confusing. but that’s just out opinion, make it your homepage for a day and see if you agree.

    5 Little Yourport Improvements

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    Usually we only blog about BIG features, but actually we spend lots of time making many smaller refinements. For every big change on Yourport, there are literally dozens of little tweaks and experiments. We hope that these little improvements all add up to make Yourport a lot better experience. Here are 5 little changes from the last few weeks that we’re especially excited about:

    Import your bookmarks : If you have bookmarked any sites in your browser, you can now automatically import them all onto your yourport homepage. Click the ‘import my bookmark button to begin.

    Select from a list of website: Lots of you told us that you want to be able to browse sites from a list of popular ones, and we agreed. You can now easily add sites to your homepage from the quick-list page.

    Remove all your Yourport settings: Want to remove all your settings and start again? Click the remove all my setting from yourport button. Simple but effective!

    Share everything: We have made it easier for you to share your tabs so that all your friends can now enjoy your sites. Click ‘share’ from the tab’s drop down-list or select the ‘share this tab’ button on your homepage.

    Layout is everything: Since yourport is all about being personal, it only made sense to let you decide how it looks. you can now decide what is displayed on your homepage by adjusting the site settings on the settings page. We are now looking to add personalized themes and color settings.

    Have an idea for a little improvement? You should let us know: ideas (at) yourport (dot) com.

    Help is at hand

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    We have some really experienced Yourporter’s out there; sometimes you even answer each other’s questions on our twitter or facebook page! But whether you’ve been with us from the start or you have you just created your first homepage, we put together a new Help section here.

    We cover almost everything that the site can do, so it’s definitely worth a look if you’re a new Yourporter.

    Give it a look and let us know if we missed anything!

    First Impressions

    Everyone loves to be greeted with open arms, and that’s how we want our new users to feel when they first set eyes on Yourport. We decided that our users should be greeted with an introductory page explaining what the site is all about and how to begin creating your page.

    Now for some Question and Answers.

    Q – Will I be able to see the introduction every time I visit the site?

    A – No, The java script dropdown will only be seen the first time you visit the site. The idea is to inform our new users without annoying our loyal fans.

    Q – What information will be on there?

    A – Currently, we have a number of bullet points highlighting the site unique features. These will be updated as we develop the site and new features are added. We have also added a ‘Click to Start’ button that allows new users create their pages in seconds. If you would rather use Yourport’s default ports, don’t worry we have added an option for that too, simply click the ‘Use Yourport’s default pages’ link.

    We hope you enjoy the welcome!

    Yourport.com – Making the web Yours

    New Blog Design

    We were getting a bit tired of the old layout of our blog and decided to spice things up with a new design.

    Let us know what do you think!

    Firefox 13 – Bringing you an even faster Yourport

    firefox logoIts here, and Yourport.com is now fully functional for the new Firefox 13.

    Ever since Mozilla released the latest version of their browser, The Yourport Team have been busy updating the site to make sure its in tiptop condition on this fast, safe and secure new browser. Firefox 13 has brought fantastic speed improvements to Yourport that will make your experience even slicker than before. Don’t worry if you are still using an older version of Firefox as we have made sure nothing is effected for you. read more here

    If you would like to try out the new version of Mozilla Firefox you can download it here – ‘Bookmarker Importer App.’ In just one click, you can automatically add all your current bookmarks to your Yourport homepage.

    We hope you enjoy the new upgrades.

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