I disagree. I don't like looking at pages that have too much on them. I like this, more like the printed page. People will concentrate more on the writing in my opinion.
My personal blog is very white and I like it that way. Too many blogs are chock full of ads and flashy icons and widgets, etc. I am of the opinion that the plainer the better. You can dress up your own hub with pictures and videos.
I like it all much better (and I didn't think I could like it any better). Looks neater and more organized-- I also like the larger avatars on the fans, and organization of the published hubs, and the ... well, it all looks great. Good work.
I am getting used to it, I like the "jump to last post" on the forums, but there are a few glitches but I am not going to open up a can of worms as this is only been up for a little while and I am certain that HP has seen the same thing. I will give it time before I comment on the internal aspects.
But still you need to know where your posts are on the front page: http://hubpages.com/forum/. If you can add that link "my posts" on the forum front page as it was before it would help me navigate to the last post I posted.
Hi everybody! I'm James, the HubPages employee who designed the comps that were eventually turned into the working version of the site. Thanks a million to all of you who have posted feedback. We read it all. The basic idea I kept in mind while working on this was to highlight your content as much as possible. I am of the opinion that a successful HubPages design would never distract a reader away from your writing, but rather serve as a blank canvas. That is the reason for the predominantly white layout, and minimal use of color. Special thanks to Uninvited Writer, who seemed to understand this at first impression. I'm thrilled to not have this fall on deaf ears. Really special thanks to Larry, Fawntia, and Paul, who not only gave me as much freedom as I wanted, but made the design better, and did all of the real work.
It's a little disconcerting at first. But that's because you get used to what you're used to.
Probably the biggest change for me is the layout of the actual forum thread. Right now it's a little harder to read. But that could be because I'm not yet familiar with the way it's laid out.
It could be because the pages are now centred. My eyes are so used to being pulled to the left hand margin. But I like centred. Centred is good. I like the white on the sides, especially in the hubs themselves.
Unlike the Facebook design update I think I'll learn to love this change. But I'll see how I feel in two weeks time!
I guess it will grow on me.... sooner or later. The familiar always felt good to come home too. Lets see how the changes will feel in a couple of weeks. By the way what happenes if I do not like it later on? Nothing? So I guess I'll shut my mouth and make do.
One big plus I must admit: the News capsules are working now, where they were being real stinkers in the last few days.
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