We bade goodbye to iGoogle’s customizable home page last year, much to our disappointment. For those who don’t know, the iGoogle is yet another experimental service that Google has decided to shut down. It features a Google search bar, support for RSS feed reading, a number of gadgets for things like weather, traffic maps, etc., allowing users to easily build and customize their own home page.

Fans of iGoogle need not worry, though, as there are a lot of great alternatives out there. To start anew, here are our top picks that would make good iGoogle replacements.

Enjoy!

Protopage

Protopage

Protopage is an amazing alternative for iGoogle, offering the same mix of search bar, gadgets, present, and custom feeds, among others. It’s clean, simple, and clutter-free, and offers an excellent selection of gadgets and preset feeds, and allows users to easily add custom content. Protopage supports third-party gadgets, keeping its environment constantly growing. Additionally, visual customizations allow you to keep your home page as simple or as sophisticated as you want.

Netvibes

Netvibes

This is one for those who are looking for a more powerful home page option. While the service is aimed at enterprises, you can create a free account for personal use. You’ll gain access to a highly customizable page with both a feed reader view and a widget view. It comes with thousands of custom themes and visual options that allow for easy customization even for the most meticulous user. It also has a wide range of feeds and gadgets that ensure there’s almost certainly a gadget or preset feed category to suit your needs.

igHome

igHome

igHome is one of the most iGoogle-like alternatives out there, providing support for RSS readers and gadgets, and comes with an interface that closely mimic iGoogle’s own, right down to the black bar on top that links to a variety of Google services. The preferences even come with an option for importing some iGoogle settings. You can also add RSS or gadget tiles, and then drag and drop them around your home page for a more personalized layout. Other standout features include customizable backgrounds, links, and search engine settings, among others.

Symbaloo

Symbaloo

This well-designed, tile-based custom page takes on a different route from the widely mimicked iGoogle style, and isn’t shy about marketing itself as the best iGoogle alternative. Instead, it offers users with a grid of tiles where users can place visual bookmarks, gadgets, feed, and more. Users can make their own webmix of tiles and gadgets or import numerous user-shared webmix layouts that can be further customized to fit their needs. It also features multiple tabs for saving tasks or content-oriented webmixes.

My Yahoo

My Yahoo

It’s been a while since Yahoo! had its own customizable start page, and with iGoogle’s exit from the Web, My Yahoo! seems to have taken advantage of the opportunity. My Yahoo recently underwent a major overhaul to match Yahoo!’s new visual design. There’s also a comprehensive guide for importing iGoogle settings for what Yahoo! hopes is an influx of iGoogle refugees. It features gadgets and custom RSS feeds to give you the same iGoogle functionality, and Yahoo!’s new design makes for a home page that’s not only visually appealing but also highly customizable.