I have mentioned some nice improvements in the upcoming High Sierra version of Safari. Website Personalization is one of those improvements that I really like and am sure I will use from time to time. It is really easy to setup.
Safari Website Personalization
The easiest way to personalize a website is to go to the “Safari” menu and choose “Settings for This Website…”:
Safari produces a drop down menu with different customization choices:
Lets just go down the list shall we. You can choose to enable the Reader feature for a website.
Here is a description of Reader from Apple:
You can use Safari Reader to view a webpage article in one page, formatted for easy reading, and presented without ads, navigation, or other distracting items. You can adjust font, font size, and background color for Reader.
I cannot think of too many sites that I would want to set to Reader permanently. Maybe there is a Medium website that just has a lot of text and very few images or something like that. I do use Reader from time to time on specific articles, but setting up a whole website permanently is something to think about.
Enable Content Blockers
Yeah baby, I will definitely be using feature. I use a third party Extension content blocker in Sierra Safari as we speak. I really like it. To me this is just a no brainer. By the way, I usually leave content blocking OFF for the Mac blogs that I frequent. Ads are one of the main ways they make revenue. I want to support the Mac community, so I leave blocking OFF for these sites.
I can see myself using this from time to time on certain websites:
Some websites just have really small text for whatever reason. I think what I might do is setup Page Zoom for those sites. There are not very many of them in my experience, but when you need to make a site more readable then Safari’s Zoom feature can come in pretty handy.
Yes!! Auto-Play videos on websites drive me crazy! I am going to love this feature:
I cannot think of one website (including YouTube) where I would want to Auto-Play videos and audio. So, my High Sierra Safari will be set to “Never Auto-Play”. If I want to play a video on a website I can then choose to do so.
Camera, Microphone, Location
The Default settings for these last preferences is “Ask”. I think that is the best way to go. I do not think it is wise to leave these particular settings to “On” for security reasons.
Now, you can monitor all of these settings and websites in the Safari Preferences area. Click on the Websites Tab which displays a list of the Personalizations:
The Personalizations are listed in the left column. If you click on a Personalization in the left column the websites that are Personalized are listed in the right column. Plus you can turn the feature on and off. This is a very thoughtful idea. Over time you and I are going to lose track of how we have certain websites Personalized. So, to keep track of it and review where we are, just refer to the Websites Tab. All of the information we need is right there.
High Sierra does not have a ton of glitzy new features, but the ones that are there will be very handy. Safari and Photos have received the most love, but there are other improvements tucked away in there, not the least of which is the new APFS file system.