Bookmarks are a great way to keep track of interesting websites and specific pages. But it is easy to overdo it and end up with too many of them. Papaly is an online service that helps us organize bookmarks in Chrome and Firefox in an entirely different fashion.
Create a Papaly account
First we need to create a free Papaly account, by visiting https://papaly.com/. We can sign up using our Facebook account, or by email.
By choosing the email option, we get a third way, to register with our Google account.
If we register by email, we will be given a random username. To change that, we just need to click on the username at the upper right-hand corner, select account settings...
...and then fill-in our name and preferred username.
We can optionally connect our Papaly account with our different social media accounts so that Papaly can gather our social media links.
Finally, in Preferences we can choose if the links will open in a new tab or the current tab, select between the English and the Spanish language.
Import and organize bookmarks from Google Chrome
To import bookmarks from Google Chrome, we need to install the "New Tab Bookmark Speed Dial | Papaly extension.
This will make every new tab show the Papaly website with our bookmarks. So, if you are already using an extension that provides a custom new tab, it won't be compatible with Papaly.
After installing the add-on, we click the "Import" board and select "Import bookmarks from your browser".
If we have a lot of bookmarks, this procedure can take one or two minutes.
Soon, each and every bookmark we had in Chrome is imported to Papaly.
For any next bookmarks we want to create, we must click the Papaly extension's icon to save it directly to Papaly, and not on our browser.
Import and organize bookmarks from Firefox and other browsers
Currently, Papaly is able to import bookmarks just from Google Chrome. To import bookmarks from other browsers, we must extract them manually as HTML, and then import them to Papaly.
In Firefox, this is done by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B to open the bookmarks library, and then selecting Import and Backup -> Export Bookmarks to HTML.
After we have exported the bookmarks, we create a new board in Papaly and give it a name, Firefox in the example.
We then click on "Import bookmarks from your browser"...
...select the "Click here to upload" button...
Select "All files" on the lower right menu to sho the bookmarks file - the default text/html won't work for some reason...
...and after that, our bookmarks are imported.
There is a Firefox extension, but it won't create a new tab with Papaly, or import the bookmarks. Its only usefulness is to save bookmarks directly to Papaly.
How to Organize Bookmarks in Papaly
Papaly has a well structured system for us to organize bookmarks. First we create main categories, called "Boards", for broad subjects.
Those boards can be private or open. Open boards will be visible to people who visit our profile at https://papaly.com/(our username). Private boards - those with the padlock - are only visible to us.
Inside each board, we can organize bookmarks in multiple categories.
We can move and rearrange the categories with drag and drop...
...and drag bookmarks from one category to another.
By clicking the Edit Board button on the top, we can select if a board will be private and visible for Google, set the number of columns for the categories, sort categories and links Alphabetically or by the number of clicks, and remove duplicates.
We can also rename and delete a board.
However, deleting a board will delete all the categories and the bookmarks inside.
If we import a large number of bookmarks, the site will automatically create multiple boards and multiple categories for our different folders. Large folders or subfolders will be split into multiple sub-categories.
Beyond our personal boards, there is the Speed Dial, with our most visited categories...
...Explore, which will allow us to find other members' open boards...
...Social bookmarks from our social media accounts...
...and Inbox, with the most visited bookmarks, the recently visited, and the recently created.
Did Papaly help you to organize bookmarks?
Papaly won't automatically organize bookmarks for us, but it makes it easier, with the simple drag-n-drop interface.
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