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What Squid tool or module do you miss most of all?

  1. AlishaV profile image91
    AlishaVposted 2 years ago

    As I turn my lenses into hubs, I keep regretting the loss of the video module that allowed the videos to be stacked. So many of my pages now seem like nothing more than video after video because I usually added several to the stackable video module when dealing with subjects that needed a lot of video coverage. I just started editing my page on Silly Walk Day and now either have to delete a bunch of videos of different kinds of silly walks or have a page that looks way too busy and takes far to long to load.

    1. poetvix profile image85
      poetvixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I miss the video module too. I liked the way it looked better because I could keep the full width while still loading up ten videos if I wanted. 
      I do like the ability to shift text to the side however.  At the same time, I miss the background photos on the later product reviews and recipe lens formats.  There's cool things in both workshops but right now I'm mostly missing the traffic I had on my Squidoo lenses.

      1. lisavollrath profile image89
        lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I miss being able to display multiple videos in a gallery format, like we can here with images. So convenient, especially when individual videos disappear.

  2. GGilsrud profile image61
    GGilsrudposted 2 years ago

    I miss the Donate button.  I have thousands of views each week and I never earn from adsense.  The Donate button was the only thing would want back...

  3. PromptWriter profile image82
    PromptWriterposted 2 years ago

    I am finally get used to the layout here but I do miss the theme backgrounds. I also liked the multi video option that didn't take up much space. Lots to get used to. It will take time for sure.

  4. costumesngifts profile image71
    costumesngiftsposted 2 years ago

    The automatic table of contents. That made things a lot easy for the readers to navigate through my articles and it was easy for me to generate. I also love that you get to exclude certain sections too.

  5. kerbev profile image78
    kerbevposted 2 years ago

    I miss how much control we had with images.  With html we could have them anywhere and any size.

  6. carny profile image89
    carnyposted 2 years ago

    Plexos, they made it possible to create a more dynamic page to which a visitor would come back again and again to vote or add new entries.

    1. kerbev profile image78
      kerbevposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Really? 
      Did you get much action on them?  I never did.

      1. carny profile image89
        carnyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, on a few lenses. And after adding a "register on Squidoo to vote" link, I got a bunch of referrals, too (not that I ever earned anything from them).

  7. Shorebirdie profile image86
    Shorebirdieposted 2 years ago

    I miss themes and donating to charity.  I also miss the RSS feeds a LOT.

  8. joanhall profile image90
    joanhallposted 2 years ago

    YES to the video module and the table of contents (and in general being able to link to particular modules easily), NO to the plexos.

    The thing that irritated me about plexos was that only Squidoo members could contribute or vote.  I wanted input from the public, not from internal traffic.

    HQ said, "Oh, it's a good thing!  People will join Squidoo so they can vote in your plexo!"  That never happened.  I just got no input except from other Squids.

  9. Christene profile image82
    Christeneposted 2 years ago

    I miss ALL THE THINGS.

    Using HTML in modules
    Multiple videos in a single module
    Twitter feeds
    Charity donations
    Being able to have modules below my guestbook
    RSS feeds
    Linking to a site more than twice
    Links opening up in a new window
    iTunes and AmazonMP3 modules
    And Duel columns that were in the right location (Why did Hubpages reverse them on us?)

    I'm sure there's more.

    1. kerbev profile image78
      kerbevposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      oooooh.   Amazon MP3 modules!

  10. Kylyssa profile image93
    Kylyssaposted 2 years ago

    I miss the table of contents.  I'm still trying to figure out how to work the novel I was serializing on Squidoo on HP because it's too much to expect my subscribers to scroll down to get to the new chapter.

    1. poetvix profile image85
      poetvixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I miss the table of contents too. 
      You might try the grouping option.  You could put each chapter on a separate hub but group them together in order so the reader can use the HP provided box links at the bottom to go to the next or previous chapter.

      1. Kylyssa profile image93
        Kylyssaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I may have to give this option a try.  The only problem with it is getting single chapters to pass QAP.  If a single chapter doesn't pass because someone on Amazon Turk doesn't understand that it's a chapter taken out of context then the whole project would be sunk.

    2. joanhall profile image90
      joanhallposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You can make a TOC, but it takes some hacking.  There's a hub about it: http://darkside.hubpages.com/hub/tableofcontents

      1. Kylyssa profile image93
        Kylyssaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you.  I'll have to check it out.

    3. eugbug profile image93
      eugbugposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Kylyssa!
      It's a little tedious, but you can create a list of contents using a text capsule and a series of links as described in this hub: http://darkside.hubpages.com/hub/tableofcontents

  11. kerbev profile image78
    kerbevposted 2 years ago

    Oh, and i miss the word "module".  Capsule does not roll of the tongue.  It just annoys me.

  12. Lionrhod profile image94
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    Table of Contents module. (Yes there's a work-around. It's a PITA.)

    A working duel module that doesn't splay over the entire page. (Still trying to decide how to go with these. I feel it creates good content and a reason for the reader to come back, but without support it looks like a disaster on the page now.)

    Links opening in a new window -- why would we want to take anyone offsite?

    And lol yes, the word "capsule" makes less sense to me than "module." There's a saying in hypnosis that if you can create 7 new terms (for the same thing) then you have a "new" item/idea. So silly.

  13. Arachnea profile image84
    Arachneaposted 2 years ago

    The duel comment option.

  14. AlishaV profile image91
    AlishaVposted 2 years ago

    Oh yes, I forgot about the mp3 module. I have a few pages I might have to delete entirely because they were heavy on music and it just doesn't work without that one.

    The duels were so engaging and fun for the readers, and it was nice for them to see things that weren't just my opinion.

    I really do like how easy it is to shift the image to the side. You could do it with Squidoo, but that is easier here.

  15. RobertConnorIII profile image60
    RobertConnorIIIposted 2 years ago

    We miss the video module the most. Also we like the speed our hubs were approved at squidoo. hubpages seems to be a little slow even when adding a simple rating module. Also squidoo also highlighted one of your hubs which was nice.

  16. Arachnea profile image84
    Arachneaposted 2 years ago

    Along with the Hub by Darkside which Kylyssa provided, here's one by Brit Florida: http://britflorida.hubpages.com/hub/cre … tructions. There's one I used on my first try by another hubber which I can't find right now.

    If I recall correctly, I created a template in a text editor for the info string I needed to create then modified it for each entry in the table. Then I copy/pasted it into the hub.

    I miss the photo gallery option. It allowed one to create a gallery of photos the hub writer could select. I used it once to show the stages of boiling on an electric kettle.

  17. SheilaMilne profile image90
    SheilaMilneposted 2 years ago

    The photo capsule works very well as a gallery if you keep adding photos to the same capsule.  It doesn't look quite as good but it works well.

  18. sockii profile image89
    sockiiposted 2 years ago

    Absolutely the biggest thing I miss is being able to thumbnail multiple videos into one module. I used to like to cull 5-10 videos on a related subject together but now that means just a huge block of videos, slow loading time and it's just...a mess.

    Even on my blogs I can embed a video playlist from YouTube...wouldn't it be nice to have that here as well?

    I also deeply miss having a table of contents. I know this is hurting some of my lengthy lenses, like where I had episode recaps for a full season of a tv series. People used to want to skip ahead to the episode in question, now it's impossible. I think I'm just going to move a bunch of those lenshubs to my own blogs now.

  19. HomeArtist1 profile image31
    HomeArtist1posted 2 years ago

    I miss the table of contents; it's such a big part of organization with text; I'm befuddled.
    The multiple video thumbnails; I've deleted any hubs with more than two. Knowing which hub a sale originated. Appropriately-sized/centered subtitles. The ability to have side by side products to illustrate a point--even if there's enough text to support two AZ products. More options for customization (although that can get tricky and messy). Larger product images (not too big but as it is now, one can't see detail adequately). I know there are pros and cons to everything but I'm just responding to the request. wink

  20. David Stone1 profile image69
    David Stone1posted 2 years ago

    It's a new day. I don't miss anything about Squidoo. Bridges burned.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image90
      DrMark1961posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I dont even belong on this thread but I noticed that answer when it showed up in my feed. You really deserve the "Richard Dawson´s Best Answer Award" for that one!

    2. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I think this thread is so good for Squidoo folks to miss something. Once they write it down, it may (or may not) release the feeling from their minds. I like this answer from David who has apparently adapted quickly and doesn't miss anything. We love all the Squidoo people. I guess I don't belong in this thread either, but I just have to say something.

  21. J - R - Fr13m9n profile image85
    J - R - Fr13m9nposted 2 years ago

    Are you a Monty Python fan like I am (i.e. Silly Walk)?

    1. AlishaV profile image91
      AlishaVposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Totally! When I found out about International Silly Walk Day I had to do an article about it because I thought the whole concept was just so fun and that is one of my favorite skits.

      1. J - R - Fr13m9n profile image85
        J - R - Fr13m9nposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Another funny Monty Python skit is The Spanish Inquisition.

        1. Lionrhod profile image94
          Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I wouldn't have expected that! big_smile

          Our local pagan church had one ritual put on by the local Discordian coven. It featured the Minister of Silly Walks as the MC/Circle leader. We raised energy doing the Hokey Pokey.

          Today (about 15 years later) that remains one of the most fun and memorable rituals we had for those of us there who experienced it. And we've had plenty of other fantastic rituals, but this was in a class of its own.

          This month we're putting on an Alice in Wonderland themed Samhain. Should be a blast.

          Back to the original subject, I miss polls/comments that we could edit without losing the data from previous visitors. I also miss being able to see the entire subject drill down. (I've addressed both these in the forums, and at least on the second, the admins have responded favorably and we might get that if it's possible.

          (One of the things I do love about HP is how responsive Staff is!)

          I also miss some of the variety of subjects. Right now I'm putting together an article on the Ultimate Ethical Love Spell/Affirmation.

          I wanted to put it under gender/relationships because I really feel it belongs in the relationship category. However the closest categories I could find were "Attracting Men" and "Attracting Women." I finally stuck it at least temporarily in the Religion/Philosophy area, Which I also don't consider appropriate.

          Nothing here feels appropriate. My hub in progress contains not just a spell but information on how to find a beloved and how to be healthy about doing that. It's gender neutral and also sexual orientation neutral. I'm at a bit of a loss where to classify "finding love."

          1. vineliner57 profile image84
            vineliner57posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I used to do the Hokey Pokey. A lot. It became an obsession to the point I had to go for counseling. After months of intensive therapy I turned myself around...

            1. Lionrhod profile image94
              Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              LOL! Thank you for giving me a chuckle.

  22. erorantes profile image34
    erorantesposted 2 years ago

    Welcome to all the new writers. You need to be patient. You will get used too . You need to have a positive mind. And be creative with you new articles. In the future, you need to be prepare for any changes. Good luck with  the new site.

  23. melbel profile image91
    melbelposted 2 years ago

    The table of contents option. You can do it with HubPages, but it's a huge pain.

  24. Christene profile image82
    Christeneposted 2 years ago

    I think you misunderstand. Not all lensmasters are new to HubPages. Many of us have been publishing on both platforms for years. I'm going on 5 years here myself.

  25. Kalafina profile image78
    Kalafinaposted 2 years ago

    I miss having a text module with picture. I feel like I have to battle getting my picture to where it needs to be without the paragraph format being disrupted. Also, not being able to have multiple Amazon products in a capsule is frustrating. If I am writing about say, a cosplay outfit for Misa from Death Note in a hub then it is only logical to have her outfit, shoes, jewelry together in a single Amazon capsule. Hub pages doesn't like multiple product capsules together so then please let us put several products in one.

    1. Lionrhod profile image94
      Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I get where you're coming from on this.

      What I did was create text capsules for each item and move my description into the text modules. Then I nested the amazon module into the description text. Once I'd bulked up my descriptions, the hubtool didn't seem to have a problem with my amazon capsules.

      If you want to take a look, my most product hungry hub is the one about My 70's Bookshelf, which since it's a reading list, I didn't really see a way around having product links.

    2. norma-holt profile image75
      norma-holtposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I miss that too. Many of my hubs have missing pictures and the quizzes are missing the questions as well. It's going to take years to sort them out.

  26. norma-holt profile image75
    norma-holtposted 2 years ago

    I miss the publish button, can't find it on HP. So many of my lenses have had to be redone almost and a lot cut out. I used to republish my lenses on a regular basis but now I don't know how to do that. Can anyone advise me please.

  27. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Norma:  You can edit, unpublish, delete, etc when your hub is in the edit mode.

    1. norma-holt profile image75
      norma-holtposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Linda, 

      I guess I have not had a lens unpublished so I could not find the publish button. Thanks for helping. I can see how it works now. Does that mean that we can't republish them to bring them up to date unless we unpublish them first. That's confusing.

  28. norma-holt profile image75
    norma-holtposted 2 years ago

    One other important thing I miss is the labels where one can list lenses under a topic and then select them from that category. As I write articles and have my own websites, blogs etc where I repeatedly link them to lenses I am spending hours looking through my hundreds of lenses to find the right one. If someone from Admin reads this perhaps this is something they might consider adjusting. I have grouped them but the links are not active to bring up the lens from the long list.

    At the moment I am still going back to Squidoo where they are labelled and can be easily recalled but as that will disappear soon it will be a big loss.

  29. makingamark profile image77
    makingamarkposted 2 years ago

    I miss - in order of importance:

    * the control over image size. I'm convinced the huge size of images at HubPages will have people leaving hubs because of all the extra scrolling involved

    * the related lenses in the right hand column. I made a point of creating my lenses in families (groups) and I always made a point of highlighted the related hubs at the beginning on the right hand side. It catches people's attention, adds authenticity to your expertise as an author and has the potential to keep people travelling around your sites. I'm convinced some of my lost traffic is in part to not having that scope for keeping traffic clustered. Bottom of the site and after the comments is way too late to be talking about related sites

    * the permalink to specific modules/capsules. HUGE LOSS! How on earth can I easily reference parts of a hub from my blog posts without a permalink. Why can I no longer tell people where they can find info on a big long hub in a response to an email query or hub comment? How ironic is it that we have a permalink for comments within the forum but not for capsules within the hubs?

    * the table of contents - it provides a structured way of telling people what is on a big site and is invaluable for that reason. To my mind it also acts as a site map which helps with crawling the site. Plus it also provides a permalink which can be referenced outside the site to individual modules within the site.

    * introduction text space on links capsules. I'm increasing the number of capsules by 100% for every link capsule I include because of the need to include a text capsule as well.

    I miss other things too - but those are the really big ones.

    1. HomeArtist1 profile image31
      HomeArtist1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I'm especially concerned about the  image size, as I talk a lot about decorating
      and it's important that my readers see what I'm talking about. Either the image is too
      small--almost inconsequential--or it's crazy huge, so I settle on the crazy-huge, lest
      the detailing goes unseen, rendering my supporting text useless.

      If I use the photo and place it far right/left, then I get the 'style error' message thing, as there's no text juxtaposed to the Amazon module.

      If I could somehow fix the image size, please let me know; I'd love to fix it.  smile

    2. HomeArtist1 profile image31
      HomeArtist1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Indeed, the TOC is a big-time loss. It's a big bonus for SEO, too.
      I experimented with this very thing a year or more ago and those
      articles sans TOC fared far less on G's pagerank.

      I'd be interested in hearing from others who have similar experiences.

  30. Arachnea profile image84
    Arachneaposted 2 years ago

    It may have been mentioned already, but I really miss being able to add an image to either the left side or the right side of a hub.

    1. norma-holt profile image75
      norma-holtposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Absolutely. That one is so important and added greatly to the enjoyment of reading lenses.

  31. Kalafina profile image78
    Kalafinaposted 2 years ago

    I really miss the organizational area. It was so much easier on squidoo then here. Also, it is really hard to organize things when you have a lot of content and it is all labed as text or photo.

 
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