Simplify The Setup of A Hub At Hubpages: A Review

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I have been on Hubpages for newly a year and never noticed the feature called simplify after choosing the button called "Start A New Hub." So, it was interesting to jump so quickly into adding the basics to my hub such as choosing the title of my article, choosing a category, creating a hyperlink to it and choosing the tag words for it. It idled a little too long; however, I was able to bypass the pull down category in a regular hub start-up which I hate because it is always time consuming to find the right category. These larger categories under the simplified version is quick and simple. It also asks for the number of ads to be placed in my hub. Usually, I have never seen this question on a regular path to recreating a Hub but I know it can be found under one of the categories on the right-hand side of editing an article.

The downside to this feature is that there is no place to upload a picture, a video, or add links. If you cannot embellish your articles, then it is an inferior article. Further, you have no idea how many words are in your article. I copied and pasted what I had written into Microsoft Words and found out that it had only been 188 words. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to publish an article this quickly and trade away the regular features. However, to complete the exercise I did. I made sure that I had a copy of the article on Word just in case I wanted to ditch it quickly.

So it was published but then I found that it lacked all the best features of adding a photo etc. It is a complete failure because the best part of publishing it is the initial draw from other Hub readers, and I am not benefiting from that draw. So, then I unpublished it. And the message that I received was that I needed to add more tags. I learned that by unpublishing it or going to the full version, this erases all of the tags. In my experience, it takes time to create and type the tags.

When I tried to add a photo, it was not in the regular place that I had it. It was unnerving. However, I managed to place it in an acceptable place, though not my first choice.

The "simplified version" of starting a new hub is more trouble than it's worth. I would save the stress and do it the old fashion way. However, if you like it better than the old fashion way, please add your comment. Your advice is much appreciated.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for the review on this feature. I have not looked into it. You have saved me some leg work here. Looks like it may be a good way to just start writing, and transition to the more creative hub style later.


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks, Teaches12345. It should be interesting if anyone does find it useful.


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MomsTreasureChest 3 years ago

I hadn't noticed this feature before reading your hub, and after reading your hub I gave it a try. I'm not a fan, I like the regular way better! I think the simplified version is more complicated!


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formosangirl 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

MomsTreasureChest, I agree with you completely. Hubpages should just get rid of it and save everyone the disappointment.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Like teaches, I too haven't seen what it is but after reading your review I can't understand why it still hasn't been done away with.


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formosangirl 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Rajan, your guess is as good as mine. It is a total waste of time.

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