The current Firefox homepage/new tab page is quite minimal:
I think there's an opportunity to make it look better and have functionality like the other browsers do
Brave's new tab page below incl number of trackers/ads blocked, bandwidth and time saved:
Kodi RSS/news ticker:
Firefox's about:protections sadly not being shown off!
Fire fox absolutely needs a speed dial style homepage set up, with the ability to change/customize the background image to a personal selection. Having to use 3rd party extensions to do this is not only a possible security threat, but a pain. Thanks, that's all.
FF could use some definite improvements to the new tab page. One thing that bugs me is the "site names" are gathered from the domain name, not the page title (which is not just inconsistent with the awesome bar, but also makes no sense since when you click them, they take you to your most common pages within that site)
^ This does not go to github.com. It goes one of my repos:
Show page titles instead of domains on New Tab page
Minor annoyance: the New Tab page shows frequently visited sites as tiles. I rarely use them though, as they only show the domain name (eg "youtube" or "ebay") instead of what the actual page title/link goes to.
Eg the "github" name would be acceptable if it took me to github.com (although I never actually visit github.com). It should show the page title instead, eg "README.md - Github". This would be more inline with everything else Firefox does, eg the awesome bar searching on page titles as well as URLs.
It would be useful and slick if we could customize exactly the number of shortcuts on the start-page, the icon style, and to be able to rearrange and re-position these shortcut-icons exactly where we would like. The ability to create folders would be useful also. Having the ability to customize the background or add a wallpaper of your choosing, would also be desirable. Think it would be super cool if the Firefox start-page could have a customizable transparency effects.
I've searched through a variety of extensions, and they are either too heavy, their style isn't quite right, or lack the ability to do all of these things. Please consider this recommendation in future editions of Firefox.
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I desperately want Firefox to have a native RSS reader that can sync across multiple devices, and the homepage is an excellent place to implement that. (See: https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/revive-livemarks-rss-subscriptions-for-modern-browser-syncing/i...).
As for the other suggestions....
Wallpapers are nice, and are already an option on Android (albeit most of them are sponsored ads for Turning Red, and the appeal of Turning Red apparently is not universal).
Widgets for a Calendar or a clock might be nice, albeit redundant since most computer OSs have both.
Weather might be nice, but there do exist extensions that offer that functionality as well.
and the Privacy Stats? Eh..... sure, but I kinda appreciate that Firefox doesn't boast about how much it "blocks" the same way Brave does.
I like the Homepage as is. In fact, I disable a lot of the stuff on it like Pocket and typically keep just the search bar. But I'm not against better options for customization.
In my humble opinion if these 3 features are merging: https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/pins-toolbar/idi-p/4340 + https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/native-vertical-tabs-like-in-microsoft-edge/idi-p/85 + https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/native-tab-grouping-more-customizable-tab-bar/idi-p/303 - This would undoubtedly be the best New Tab / Homepage... would best improvement in Mozilla Firefox
Concept pins_toolbar+vertical_tabs+tab_grouping_more_customizable_tab_bar = new tab/homepage with improvements
Concept Futurist in Mozilla Firefox:
part 1- For software engineers,developers: (Functional requirements), (feature-name: Pins toolbar for Mozilla Firefox):
part 2 - For designers and software engineers: (Functional requirements), (feature-name: New Compact Design for Mozilla Firefox):
part 3- For Community Mozilla Firefox (result: new tab/homepage with improvements )
New Compact Design(user navigation+Functional requirements)+Compact bookmark+Native Vertical Tabs (like in Microsoft Edge)+Native Tab Grouping / More Customizable Tab bar.
part 4 - Why is this relevant?
Forgot to mention, this idea is related to: "Show page titles instead of domains on new tab page"