I just realized that people are using full width images in their hubs again, even at the beginning. The team used to tell us NOT to do that because at the top of the article a photo makes a post take to long to load and also takes up space that should be given to advertisers and in the middle it cuts off the flow of wording for the reader. When the team talked about going to full width for mobile devices, I did not realize they also meant this for images. Can someone please clear this up for me?
I answered on another thread. Yes, it is because of mobile devices and it applies to all capsules.
As far as the first image of the hub is concerned, is there a reason to make it full width? On mobile devices it will show that way anyway. So why not leave it half width for full sized screens?
You're absolutely right.
As I understand it, the ONLY reason you need to manually make capsules full-size is if they're likely to display in the wrong order.
Since the first image will appear on top regardless, I prefer to leave it half-width - that way it looks good on both.
Marisa that's a good point regarding them being full width on top anyway when viewed on mobile devices.
I prefer it on the right as well.
I guess this is the new trend, but I personally don't want my hubs to have all the capsules full width, I think it looks dumb on larger screens. Do we just forget about those who don't use phones now? sigh. At least we can keep the intro pic at half width.
I'm with psycheskinner on this - I'm not changing. The switch to full width capsules sounds like a knee-jerk solution by HubPages and I can't believe they won't come up with a more sophisticated solution eventually. Then I'll have to change them all again. So I'll wait!
The HubPro editors are doing this and encouraging it for all mobile device views. This is not limited to cell phones and smart phones. Many, and I do mean many, use tablets more and more. There is a site out there where you can actually cut and paste your hub URL into various "models" of devices to see how they will appear. There are several cell phones, smart phones and tablets. I have played around with it and it appears that the images do look best on the larger devices, the tablets.
Surely the HubPro editors are doing it because it's HubPages policy - not because it's necessarily best practice?
None of my images is critical to the understanding of my Hubs, they're just decoration, so I'm not happy with the idea of them breaking across my text.
I've been working on a shop site with a friend who is a constant user of both a tablet and a smartphone. It's her shop, and I recommended she change the layout to make it more suitable for those devices - however when we tested the "better" layouts (which, like HP's suggestion, had fewer side-by-side elements), she hated all of them and the shop is now back the way it was, with images on the side!
Returning to say thanks for the tip about those sites, they are very useful.
The results are interesting to say the least. I have some sites with right or left aligned images and yes, the images do move out of position. However where I have thumbnail-sized images, they don't resize or move, and still look good. So I'm thinking of redesigning some of my pages to show smaller images (with the option to zoom them if the reader wants).
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