One genius little button that's saving me a whole bunch of time
How many times do you click on a link to an article, video, image or anything else of interest and want to visit the homepage of that site? It happens to me all the time. Sometimes finding the homepage link is fairly easy, on other occasions it's buried. And then you have to go up to the address bar, delete all of the information before the domain name and hit enter. Well, not any more with the help of this "bookmarklet."
It is the brainchild of Billy Chasen, author of [anerroroccurredwhileprocessingthisdirective].com (nice and easy url Billy). Billy explains the simplicity behind his idea:
The best ideas come from finding something you do all the time, realize you do it, and then automate it.
With me, I discovered that I frequently go to the base domain of a website by going to the URL, highlighting and deleting the junk on the end of the domain name and then pressing enter. I HATE doing it. I also have to do it when websites don’t link to their home page.
As someone who does a lot of research online for Wisebread, and my job, I'm coming up against this on a daily basis. Countless links lead to websites that I just want to know more about, but I end up having to spend valuable time editing the web address (which doesn't always work either, usually because I delete an extra letter or symbol by mistake).
The "bookmarklet" Billy has devised uses a simple piece of code, that I don't pretend to understand, to get around all of that. To get this simple little button, visit Billy's site here . You'll be greeted with the image below. Simply drag the "go to home" button to your bookmark bar, and hey presto, now you can get to the homepage of any site just by clicking it.
It's already saved me a bunch of time this evening. And as we all know, time is money.If you have Firefox, you can also try this little add-on that basically navigates you up one level. Enjoy, and thanks Billy.