Users can practically set one or multiple websites as their start pages in Firefox (and any other web browser as well). Another option are Speed Dial extensions which copy a feature from Opera to Firefox that provide access to a handful of links on one page. Autohome puts that concept to the next level by providing a way to create a startpage that is filled with links that have been added by the user.
This concept is not really that different from creating a simple html file with links and use that as the startpage except that it does not require technical knowledge to create the page. The Firefox extension adds an icon to the Firefox status bar which provides access to the extension's functions and options to add the current page to the startpage.
The extension will automatically grab the url, page title and a folder suggestion of which the latter two can be customized. Folders are basically headings under which the titles are shown on the startpage.
Three default styles can be chosen in the option which differ in design and functionality. One of the styles provides access to a Google Search as well and it is possible to define custom styles.
The Firefox extension overwrites the current homepage setting without confirmation. It is not a big deal usually but users who have not backed up the settings should do so before installing it. The add-on is experimental meaning that users need to login to be able to install the add-on.
Update: The extension is no longer maintained, and we have removed the link as a consequence. Mozilla is currently implementing a new start page and new tab page in the browser, which is said to land in Firefox 13. Check out our Firefox 13 what's new guide to find out more about it.
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