Favitt: Add Useful Features to Your Browser Start Page

Quite some days back, we showed you how to spice up your browser’s start page. The article described how you can use browser extensions to add useful features to your browser’s start page and increase productivity.

But what if you work on multiple computers every day? What if you use your home computer, portable laptop, office computer and Internet cafes for your daily web activities?

It is really problematic to install browser extensions on all the computers, sync the bookmarks and get the same feel and environment. However, Favitt is a neat web service which lets you create your own browser start page and use it on any computer, without installing any software or browser extension.

Search Multiple Search Engines from the Same Browser Tab

The most impressive thing about Favitt is the ability to combine multiple search engines at one place. You can search Google, Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, Flickr, Amazon, Wikipedia, Google News and other popular sources from the same browser tab.

This is extremely useful because you don’t have to open multiple tabs, type the address of a search engine, enter your keywords and search separately. With Favitt, you type the keywords once, select the search engine and see the results on the same page.

Here is how the search interface of Favitt looks:

The search interface of Favitt

To perform a search, simply type the keywords in the search box and select the search engine shown in tabs. Favitt will then load the results as shown in the following image:

Favitt Multiple=

You will see a list of all the popular search engines shown in the left sidebar. To perform a search on a different search engine, simply click the link from the sidebar and the results are displayed on the same page. There is no need to type the same keywords again. This feature can be very useful for Bloggers or webmasters, they can compare the results of a particular keyword or phrase very easily.

Compare Search results of Different Search Engines

Add your Own Search Engine

There are times when you would want to search a specific site for content.You may not want to use Google, Yahoo or any other search engine and may want to search a specific blog for some article. In such situations, Favitt saves the day by allowing you to add your favorite site’s search engine to your Favitt start page.

To add a site specific search engine, all you have to do is go to your Favitt account and enter the URL of the site you want to add:

Add your own search engine to Favitt

You can add up to 5 sites in a custom search list. If you want to add more sites, simply select another search tab and add the sites or blogs you want.

For example: I added the Maketecheasier search engine as one of the search tabs on my Favitt page. Hence, I can search for content that is published on Maketecheasier right from my browser’s start page.

Search a specific site from your browser homepage

Access your favorite sites

Favitt lets you add a list of sites to a sleek dropdown menu known as “favorite sites”. You can add any site or social network to this list, which is very handy if you want to access frequently visited websites quickly.

Access favorite sites from Favitt start page

The advantage is that you do not have to worry about browser bookmarks, export and import them manually. All these bookmarks are saved in your start page, forever.

Upload Images to Your Favitt Account and Set them as background

You can upload images from your computer or add an image from a publicly accessible URL to your Favitt account. This image can then be set as the background of your browser start page. The interesting thing is that Favitt will automatically rotate your images on a daily basis, so you always get a refreshing background on your browser’s start page.

Do you use a browser start page? How do you like the features of Favitt? Share your ideas in the comments section.

Soumen Halder

Soumen is the founder/author for Ampercent, a tech blog that writes on computer tricks, free online tools & software guides.

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