For at least five years, My Yahoo! http://my.yahoo.com has been home to me, and served reasonably well.
But this Web 2.0 stuff is starting to grow on me, and there are three strong candidates for best DIY portal:
- Netvibes: http://www.netvibes.com
- Google Home: http://www.google.com/ig
- Microsoft Live: http://www.live.com
So what's wrong with good ol' My Yahoo!? It's gotten better. You're free to add RSS feeds, pages, it has lots and lots of content providers for things such as Weather, TV, Movies, more news feeds than you can shake a stick at... it's just old fashioned. It doesn't have that nifty flavor-of-the-day drag and drop stuff the new guys have. It's UI takes page after page of clicks to make a change. So time to look at the others:
Google's Personal Home Page has good news feeds, movies, but is very thin on gadget-y things. There's no way to collapse a feed, that I've seen, and it just looks like a quick hack to match the other guys. No OPML, no pop-up stories. Give them a few weeks, and it could be powerful.
Netvibes is sweet. Lots of nice UI, and a very responsive author, who I wish would just open up the source a bit, or at least a MS-Gadgets-like API. It doesn't have news feeds built in, so I may have to go find some. Collapseable feeds, a few nice gadgets (Writely, Google Mail) and the nicest search pane: includes Wikipedia among others. Control of the back button would be the #1 thing I'd add, and maybe multiple screens or panels of feeds. UI is very friendly, with lots of controls over refresh, collapse, etc. Its feed directory has more than Google and MS, although you quickly start adding your own.
Summary: Try out Netvibes. Hmm. It seems to be unresponsive right this minute, but I still love it.