14 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2013 4:43 PM by hughmass
Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

Excuse me if this is a duplicate. I thought I had posted it earlier, but I don't see it now. Anyway, I need to create a useful and attractive Home Page for Safari, and  I would appreciate templates or instructions for doing so. Any ideas?

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  • dominic23 Level 7 Level 7 (28,905 points)

    Safari does not come with any template to create a homepage to be set as homepage.





  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Okay, but I did say,"or instructions". Do you know where I might find instructions for building a Home Page?

  • hughmass Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    Well, you can set any webpage as your home page.

    So you could set up a free weebly site, or wordpress site, or spend and make a beautiful smugmug site.



  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (10,285 points)

    When you say:


    Niku wrote:

    Do you know where I might find instructions for building a Home Page?

    are you asking how to build a website on the Internet, or an html page to use locally on your computer?



  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    I'd like it so that when I click on Safari, the page that comes up (My Home Page) has useful sections like weather, news, stock market reports, etc.The actual content is not that imporrtant, what I really need is a foundation for those things I might decide to add. I might add that I have Opera, Firefox, and Google Chrome in my dock as fallback browsers, and for other reasons. For example, sometimes it's covenient to have more than once browser on the screen at the same time. Anyway, I have Home Pages for each of those other browsers, some quite simple, but others, Google Chrome, for example, is completely filled with tables, etc. that I like to be able to refer to.

  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    weebly looks like it's for building websites, but what I'm now interested is in  building my Home Page. You know, the page that comes up when you click on your browser.

  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Oh, I just noticed, "Well, you can set any webpage as your Home Page". If that arrangement wouldn't delay my browser, it might be the answer, and there are certainly many programs for building websites. Before I looking for web builders, though, I'll wait for your reply.

  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (29,470 points)

    Your home page IS a website. 99% of the time, content you see on a browser is something loaded from a site on the Internet. So most people simply choose what existing website they want to see when Safari opens up - a news site, etc.


    Google has a section of their site (called iGoogle) which you can customize with widgets such as news snippets, sport, clock, etc. You might look at that to see if it meets your needs.


    Or of course you could create your own personal website and set that as your home page - but that's kind of a lot of work if all you need is a homepage.



  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Okay, I think that did it. Now that you mention it, I dimly recall this from years ago when I was last interested in the subject. It came up again yesterday when I was seeing unaccoutable (to me) messages on my Home Page; then, after I tinkered with that for longer than I care to admit, the screen went completely blank. I needed some answers and quickly, and I think you've supplied them. Thanks for putting me on the right track.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (14,755 points)

    Safari>Preferences>General> Home Page

  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Thanks. I knew about that---Finally. In that box were the characters that had caused the problem. The original URL had somehow become corru0ted, and there was less than a full URL there. Even so, it was only Matt's message that finally made it all clear.

  • hughmass Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    Your question gave me the urge to experiment.

    It is easy to create a page in Pages, or Bean, or whatever, save it to pdf and put it on your computer. Then right click that page and go to "open in" and have it open in Safari.


    Once it does, go to Safari Preferences, click on use this page as my homepage, and from then on your created pdf page will be your homepage. You can create something with photos and links and whatever, and turn it into a variation of refdesk if you want.


    Kind of fun, though I like the simplicity of Google as my homepage. Give me a chance to get lost in the web and I sometimes don't pick my head up for an hour, just wandering around.


  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Yeah, you've put your finger on a serious problem I have, spending too much time on the computer. Sure, it's fun, and it's interesting, but I have many other things that really need doing. Well, I just installed a basket of time, and head, management tools, and I hoping that they will help me stop curtail this  time-wasting. I'll see how the programs look but, one-way-or-another, I have to cut down on the time i spend here, AND I WILL.

  • hughmass Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    I lost the "internet time "war a long time ago.


    For instance...I just checked and I found that I can create a beautiful page in Pages in the new icloud version, then save it as a pdf and use that as my homepage in safari, with links that work.


    So thanks for the inspiration.