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SUGGESTION: Custom HTML?

  1. smeyerz profile image60
    smeyerzposted 4 years ago

    I really don't see why this wasn't implemented. Makes it so much harder to make Hubs unique.

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The point of hubs is NOT to be unique. That way they look the same and are easier on the eyes - they've been developed by the team to have the most visual appeal and attract the most advert clicks.

      If you look at sites like Squidoo, where colors and other fancy things are allowed, some of the articles look so ugly and big and in your face and hideously overdone.

      1. smeyerz profile image60
        smeyerzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        But then, graphic designers like me feel extremely limited. For example, I was trying to post song tracks for my music reviews, and instead of just posting a simple soundcloud or spotify widget, I had to settle for a Youtube video.

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That's what happens when you post content on someone elses site.

          1. smeyerz profile image60
            smeyerzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Sites like Blogger or Weebly don't limit it that severely.

            1. WryLilt profile image87
              WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Blogger abd Weebly don't take a share of your impressions, so do not have a vested interest in what you write.

            2. Marisa Wright profile image94
              Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Blogger and Weebly are blogging platforms - i.e., places where you create your own, stand-alone blog.  It doesn't matter if your Blogger blog looks completely different from its neighbour.

              HubPages is an online magazine, so it's important the entire site has a consistent look and feel (as a graphic designer I'm sure you appreciate that point).

              1. smeyerz profile image60
                smeyerzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I do appreciate that, but MOST people would have the sense to make it blend in with the rest of the site. The things I would use the custom HTML feature for would be things like music players ect. which would not hurt the overall appearance.

                1. WryLilt profile image87
                  WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  You would. Spammers and spinners wouldn't.

                2. Marisa Wright profile image94
                  Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  You think?   You (presumably) have good taste, because you're a graphic designer.   Just think of MySpace, and tell me the average person won't make a hash of it...

                  And by the way, there's very little difference between getting readership on your HubPages sub-domain and getting traffic on your own blog.  Once upon a time, publishing on a rev-sharing site like HP did give you a significant edge over your own blog.    Post-Panda, those days are over - and in fact, there's some evidence the reverse is true.  Google doesn't like "content farms"

                  Get yourself a self-hosted Wordpress blog, choose a theme that's got built-in SEO (or use a plugin), and create lots of good content.  If you can't afford that, use Blogger or Weebly.

                  1. smeyerz profile image60
                    smeyerzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    The Hubpages community is nice though, and its one of my main reasons of staying with Hubpages. They give you motivation to do more, and better.

                3. jacharless profile image81
                  jacharlessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Most featured elements of HP are integrated over jQuery and X- or D- HTML. So, items like polls, slide-shows, videos -even a music player- require special handling. Generally speaking, the WYSIWYG is for basic textual look-feel and not extreme alterations or integrations.

                  Even though HTML5 is leaning toward a 'canvas' based design environment {and buggy as all heck, mind you} for mobile and apps, it would not make sense to implement controls to that degree. Besides, the HP toolbox is for writing, not design. The "HP Dozen" handle the UX/UI portion, as they should.

                  Blogger, Wix, Weebly, Wordpress -even Joomla and Drupal- are dependent or independent CMS platforms, where HubPages is not.

                  James.

                  1. smeyerz profile image60
                    smeyerzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Which is why I probably will end up using Drupal in the future. Will see how Hubpages turns out.

  2. relache profile image86
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    I disagree somewhat with WryLilt's statement that Hubs are not supposed to be unique. 

    Hubs actually are supposed to be unique but the owners/developers here want unique written content and photographs, not page designs/looks/colors.  Admin would be the first to say that there are plenty of other sites that allow all the things you have been asking for (like why not just develop your own web site?), and that you should go to those sites if those are the sorts of features you really want.

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You always say things better than me big_smile I did suggest on ANOTHER of his suggestion threads that the OP get a website but he doesn't have the time. He'd rather spend it making suggestions that will never happen in the forums big_smile

      1. smeyerz profile image60
        smeyerzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You don't seem to realize how much time is needed to make a website, optimizing it for search engines, and making it so it gets to the top of Google, even with the help of  CMS. Right now, I love Hubpages and would prefer to stick with it even though it has its faults.

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I do realise.- I think at last count I had about 20 websites - that doesn't include my blogger crap.

          Squidoo lets you use HTML and has managed to ride out most algo changes for the last few years. Why not go there?

          1. smeyerz profile image60
            smeyerzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Because I have used Squidoo and I have decided that I like Hubpages better even with all its faults.

        2. calculus-geometry profile image84
          calculus-geometryposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          It's a simple trade off.  If you want the ease of publishing on HP's platform, you have to live with their restrictions.  If you want the freedom and customizability of your own site, you have work more to develop and promote it.  Pick your poison, as they say.

  3. MickiS profile image94
    MickiSposted 4 years ago

    Thanks for another suggestion, smeyerz.

    As was pointed out by several experienced members, we limit the control in order to maintain consistency across over 1.1M Hubs from 140k+ writers writing in 26 different subjects.

    Although you may have great design sense and taste, as Marisa pointed out, most people don't. One area where the inmates should not run the asylum.

    1. Sue Adams profile image95
      Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, a lunatic asylum with 140K inmates slaving for about 20 staff.

 
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