The biggest change PeoplePC customers will see is the page will visually look a bit different. However, note that your favorite widgets are all in the same places. They may just have a slightly different look and new features. The most notable difference will be the News widget that has been expanded to offer more articles and topic customization. We’ll cover that more later.
Comparing Legacy PeoplePC to the New Combined EarthLink & PeoplePC Portal
The old PeoplePC page was designed when computer monitors were smaller and did not take advantage of the full size of a modern widescreen monitor. The updated page has been designed to automatically resize to fit your monitor without having blue bars wasting space on the sides of the screen. But don’t worry, if you have a smaller monitor it will still fit your screen accurately.
As you can see in the images above, the look of the page is a bit different. The most notable difference is the section headers like Email Preview and News have been changed slightly. Changes to widget names were necessary to merge the PeoplePC and EarthLink Portal experiences.
Here are some examples showing the old PeoplePC version on the left and the updated combined version on the right.
Directory is now Channels
The Directory list on the left side of the page is now called channels. You’ll notice they are the same, with the exception of a Entertainment section on the new page.
Email Preview is now My Email
The updated widget displays more of the subject line of each message so you know if it is something important or something that can wait till later. Additionally, you can click the “edit” option and select if you want to preview 5 messages or 10 messages.
News is now News Headlines
News has been vastly expanded to bring you more topics and the ability to customize your topics. Rather than tabs that could result in your missing an article if not clicked, the top articles under each category are displayed.
You can click the “edit” to the right of News Headlines to customize your feed. Just check the topics you are interested in to add them to My Topics and use the arrows to put them in your preferred reading order. Then click Save Changes.
Weather is still Weather
Weather’s name doesn’t change, but now you can more than just two locations to your list by clicking the “edit” option and adding in multiple cities.
Stock Market is now Stock Quotes
Don’t worry, all your customized stocks you follow will be moved over with you.
The Lottery Widget found on the old PeoplePC portal has been replaced by an updated Lottery page that can be found on the side menu under Channels.
Market Place, eBay and Amazon
The various shopping widgets for Market Place, eBay and Amazon are combined under one Shopping widget that will display deals of the day
Dictionary is now Word of the Day
The Dictionary widget has been replaced by a much more robust and educational Word of the Day widget. This new widget will share daily new words along with the their definition, history and a short audio file about the word. You can still search for specific worlds as well using the Search Word feature in the widget.
Trending Now remains the same name with some very minor tweaks to appearance.
My Favorite Theaters remains My Favorite Theaters
Full Page Customization
With this new look, PeoplePC customers will gain the ability to fully customize their portal experience. Individual widgets can be added or removed and placed where you want on the page by clicking the Edit Page link on the top right of the page. The prior experience only let you change preferences in widgets, but now you can control what you see and where you see it. Simply click the Edit Page link on the top right side of the page to make layout changes.
You can add new widgets using the “Add a feature to this page” drop down or you can remove a widget by selecting it and clicking the delete button between the windows. If you want to move an article up, down or left or right on the page, simply click it and use the arrows to move it where you like. Make sure you click Save Changes when you are done.
The Reminders widget allows you to mark holidays, birthdays or other special occasions and have them included on your Portal page.
Thank you for being an EarthLink Customer
Hopefully this article helps you understand the changes that have been made to your PeoplePC Portal Experience. We know it may be a bit of a surprise the first time you see the new page, but we are confident you will like the changes once you are used to the new look and feel.