Protopage Mobile goes live

We’ve just launched a major update to Protopage, which includes brand new mobile features. Protopage Mobile has been specially optimized for dozens of mobile phones including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Windows Mobile 5/6, HTC and Palm.

To access it, simply visit on your phone.

News feeds are automatically optimized for download speed and for your phone’s screen dimensions. Protopage Mobile works great on both 3G and older 2G phones. You can speed up access to news feeds even further by disabling images from the ‘Edit settings’ link at the bottom of the Protopage Mobile page.

You can use Protopage Mobile to read your news feeds, listen to your podcasts (requires a phone with a compatible media player), search the web, access your bookmarks, view your sticky notes, keep your to-do lists, view your photos and even check your calendar.

We’ve also been busy working on the web version of Protopage.

By popular demand, we now support column layouts that let you choose between 2,3,4 or 5 columns on your page. Uniquely, you can resize widgets to span multiple columns, which is useful for larger widgets and cartoon strips.

We’ve made a number of aesthetic and usability improvements, including an option for larger font sizes and simplifying the tab and toolbar system.

We’ve tested Protopage on a very broad set of phones, but please let us know if your particular model has any issues and we’ll see what we can do!

Please also let us know if you’ve spotted any bugs by using our feedback form. Thanks!

38 Responses to “Protopage Mobile goes live”

  1. Alvin Trusty Says:

    Is there a way to move the Widgets/Mobile/Color/Settings tabs back to the bottom of the page? My whole page has been bumped down half an inch for items I will rarely use.

    Also, all my links are underlined. Since everything on my page is a link, EVERYTHING is underlined. Is there an option to turn this off?

    I liked the old layout much better. Can you create a “classic” option so I can switch back?

  2. Knat Says:

    Looking good – Thumbs up !

    But please move the settings back to the bottom of the page ;)

  3. Wait what Says:

    More and more space keeps getting eaten up with new updates, wasted space on the page. Rearranging suxx0rs.

  4. Hayden Yale Says:

    I agree about the Add/Settings/Help bar, it needs the option to move it back to the bottom.

    Love the idea of PP Mobile though and will check that out as soon as I can.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Andy C Says:

    Agree about the settings. Also the tag is no longer rendered as a horizontal line in link labels. Now prints the text . That was good for visually separating longer lists of links into groups (with a blank http:// as link) . Workaround could be to use underscores but not as good.

  6. Andy C Says:

    by tag I meant HR Tag.

  7. Clayton Jr Says:

    Hi protopeople,

    congratz on the nem mobile version!! As soon I get my hands on a web-capable mobile, i’ll try it.

    But I have a very important request: can you put an option to position the settings tab back to the bottom of the page?? Now on the top it’s wasting very precious space!! And some panels and widgets are opening under it, hidding the close button and making it hard to close…

    And if it’s possible, it would be very fine to have the rounded borders back too… as an personalization option, of course. The angled borders are visually tiresome (it’s proved by usability studies).

    Thanks you very much, and keep up the great job!

    Clayton Jr

  8. Protopage Team Says:

    We’ve just released a new option in ‘Colors/Settings’ to allow you to have rounded corners again.

  9. Tom Says:

    You guys are amazing! Everyone should try out protopage and see how great it is!!!

  10. Steve Morton Says:

    The underlining of links also seems to take up more screen space now compared to before, my RSS feeds nearly all have scroll bars which they didn’t have before….

    Please can we have the underlining of links as an option… even if the default is to have the underline… and for those of us who know how to use Protopage we can at least turn that off…


  11. Craig Says:

    I agree with the other posts: this is the best start page on the web, but the settings tabs need to return to the bottom of the screen. Thanks.

  12. Jeffrey Picard Says:

    I agree with Craig who agrees with everyone else: This is the best start page out there. I also agree about the settings. They should move back to the bottom. Change is bad!!

  13. bart Says:

    options bar at top = ruins my layout
    please give us an option to hide/put back at bottom.

  14. PV Says:

    thanks for the updates. Love the mobile. I love the settings at the top, as it makes me thankful for having a huge screen.

  15. Rita Says:

    There’s a huge gap at the bottom of my Protopage where the old tabs were, but if I increase the size of the widgets, scrollbars appear. Isn’t there some setting you could increase so I can have my widgets nice and big and my page scrollbar-free? Merci.

  16. Simon Says:

    I have to agree with most comments on here.

    The options bar along the top needs to go somewhere else, its obtrusive and takes up too much page space. How about having it appear when the mouse rolls over it, or appear when you click the double arrows to change tab category. Also the pointless search bar in the top right needs to go.

    The background colour behind the tabs doesn’t match the rest of the page.

    The news links are now underlined and take up a larger line meaning all my widgets need resizing, which I can’t do as the options along the top have taken up too much page space.

    There is still a bug when a pop-up widget contains drop-down boxes, and they happen to occur over other widgets (and I’ve used the feedback a number of times to report it).

    All in all, this update has brought little in the way of functionality and I would argue that it has caused headaches for most users – especially those long time fans. I don’t wish to knock the Protopage teams efforts, but I feel this release wasn’t properly tested and/or thought through very well.

  17. Alvin Trusty Says:

    As a Protopage user from the very beginning, I have always received excellent and prompt action when I have provided feedback.

    We all agree that the option bar has to be moved, but would anyone else have noticed the new Mobile page if the intrusive button were not right there at the top of the page??? I’m using it on my mobile only because I saw it at the top of the page.

    We pay Protopage nothing for the most customizable startpage on the Internet. Protopage has been my startpage since 2005. We all understand that you have to get the word out about new products and features. Make the “tabs at the top” the default for new users and let the rest of us put things where they belong… back at the bottom.

  18. Protopage Team Says:

    Thanks, Alvin. Simon et al have a good point about the top toolbar and the link underlining.

    We didn’t quite realise how precious screen space was to many of you. Simon’s idea of an ‘expand’ option so that the page title, search box and toolbar buttons are normally hidden unless expanded we think is an excellent idea. We’ll implement this and put an option in the ‘Colors/Settings’ section to enable this shortly.

    Simon – please could you elaborate on the ‘pop-up widget containing drop down boxes’ – we weren’t sure what you meant.

  19. Wait what Says:

    hurray more change is coming, yayyyyyyyyyy!

  20. Protopage Team Says:

    Simon, the ‘drop down list’ bug is a pretty rare problem that is specific to Internet Explorer and is something we’re unable to fix unfortunately.

    Firefox however handles your particular situation perfectly (and is a faster browser than Internet Explorer too). You may want to consider switching.

  21. FreeBee Says:

    Again, as seems to happen every now and then, I have been away for a while. I can’t even say how long it was, nor do I have a good reason for staying away all that time. Anyway, I’m happy to see the ProtoTeam still rolling out new good stuff, and still listening to the users. You guys never cease to impress me.

    Really happy to be back, I immediately feel at home on my startpage. Thank you ProtoTeam!

  22. Simon Says:

    I’ve just spotted the ability to hide the top menu bar.

    This works perfectly, and it even gets rid of the search bar which I never used.

    Excellent work team.

    Now, for a question, why does the top area appear in a striped colour, or is this another IE “feature”?

  23. FreeBee Says:

    @Simon: Yeah, the compact top area is cool, isn\’t it? They\’ve done that very well.

    I think the striped color top area is indeed an IE “feature”. In Chrome and Firefox, that area is like an overlay with very high (90%+) transparency setting. I’m guessing IE doesn’t handle transparencies that well.

  24. Sohnia Says:

    I just created a new protopage account. I wanted to make a classroom website using protopage. After I update it and make my changes I log out. But after I log out, then you can’t see my protopage. You can only see it when I log out. So the public cannot see the protopage unless they are logged in? I was pretty sure that they can see it even when it’s logged out. I know they can’t make changes but I thought they could look at the contents on my protopage. This is my account:

    Please let me know what I’m doing wrong. There is no point in creating a protopage when no one can see it unless you are logged on. I don’t want to be logged on for the public to see it because then they can change it without me knowing.

    Please help!

  25. FreeBee Says:

    @Sohnia: When I view my own protopage (nothing special, look at, I don\\\’t need to be logged in.

    I think you made your pages in the private category in stead of the public category. The private category is visible only to the people who can log in to it, but the public category normally also shows if you\\\’re not logged in.

    So please check in your top area, in which category your pages are put. It should be easy to move them to a different group and make them visible to the public.

    I hope this helps, good luck!

  26. Sohnia Says:

    Thank you soooooooo much!
    That helped a lot!

  27. Simon Says:

    @Protopage Team

    Umm… This is not good. Since you took the decision to hide the top menu bar, when I connect via another PC there appears to be no way of signing in. This is not good. I have tried with IE8b2, IE7, FF3 and GC.
    So, if someone blitzs your cookies, and you have hidden the “settings” bar, there is no way to sign back in. :-(


    Thanks for the reply. I’ve tried GC and FF3 and still both show the top are as striped. I’m not quite sure what you mean by 90% transparency setting. At first I though you meant they had tried to mimic Vista Aero (glass? I haven’t and don’t intend to adopt Vista), but it doesn’t appear that way to me.

  28. FreeBee Says:


    Well, if it still appears striped to you, even in other browsers, then it must not be an IE feature after all. What I meant with the transparency thing is: it just looks like a sort of glassy overlay like a HUD. I don’t know about Vista Aero nor do I recall having set anything to get this transparent effect.

    Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  29. Asdf Says:

    What is that new white box on top of the page? There’s just a close button, but no text. I can’t write anything inside either.

  30. FreeBee Says:

    For me that box contained some commercial. I was sure that kind of stuff would never happen here, but maybe the Protopage Team has rethought their strategy.

    And since several weeks have passed since my last question, without them responding… perhaps this stuff is going down the drain altogether… Would be a big loss for us :(

  31. Frank Says:

    Please help…all of a sudden my login button has disappeared from the top of my protopage???

    I have tried it in IE 7, FF 3, GC and Safari for windows…

    Any idea what is going on?


  32. Protopage Team Says:

    FreeBee, don’t panic! Everything is good at Protopage.

    Frank – the problem is most probably that you enabled the new “Compact top area of your page” option from the Settings tab.

    This hides all the buttons, including the login button, until you click the double down-arrow button in the top right of the page. Hope this helps!

  33. FreeBee Says:


    Now that’s weird. Just click the little “x” in either of the boxes, and you won’t see any more commercials for the entire session. Why would you leave, just because you have to click once?

  34. Asdf Says:

    You mean “…because you have to click everytime you visit the page”.

  35. Cristian Conti Says:

    I’d like to see on protopage an import feature on bookmarks widget

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