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How Do I Fix Mobile Appearance of My Hubs?

  1. Billie Kelpin profile image92
    Billie Kelpinposted 16 months ago

    I apologize for not finding any previous discussion on this topic. (I vaguely remember writers talking about this in one of the forums.) 

    Why This Is Especially Important to Me Right Now:

    BG: One of my hubs is about what to see in our area.  When I meet people from out of town, I ask if they've gone to such-and-such.   I tell them to google my name, and the title of my hub (The initial url or an abbreviated url is too hard to remember).  Soooo, my husband had the great idea of putting the title of that hub on a business card with the QR symbol that a person can scan from his or her phone and voila', they're there. 

    Problem:  The mobile version of my hub article looks awful.  There are mobile ads inbetween each capsule.  Very frustrating for a reading and not helpful to use on the run.  I quickly eliminated the "slide show" function which appeared at the very top with just a whole slew of pictures.  I really don't like that the FB, Twitter symbols are not there, but that has been discussed in the Learning Center.  (The fact that all devices have a way to link to the social network doesn't mean that it's the EASIEST way for a read to do it. Not having that is like shooting oneself in the foot - but enough of that).
    1.  How do I eliminate all those ads inbetween the capsules.  Do I have to re-format the whole article to not have capsules? 

    2.  Any other ideas to make an article look good on the hubpages mobile format? 

    I'm tempted to take it off and format it will my website builder since they have a much better mobile viewing situation.  PLUS they put the social media icons right there - easy to access for readers.  However, NOW I read something on the wikipedia article that said  Members retain all intellectual property rights to their content and can delete them at any time. "However, as stated in HubPages Terms of Use, "You may not remove your Author Content from the Service."[6]  I'll post another question regarding that.

    Well, thanks all.  Cheerio.  Billie

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

      There is no way to place those ads elsewhere, but by setting them up using the wide view, they will at least be located appropriately.

      You might want to limit the number of ads to make your layout look better.

      Also, it's a good idea to use full width photos.  Just don't do it at the top of your page.

      What I did to make things easier was to write an intro,underline it, place my first photo beneath it, and then start my article.

      I limit generally limit ads to two (three max) and also make my videos and polls full width.  This makes for a nice layout and looks good on mobile. Take a look at one of my hubs to see what I mean.

      Not everybody does what I do, but I have found this layout easy to set up and if I use good photos the articles look pretty good.

      Hope this helps.

      1. Billie Kelpin profile image92
        Billie Kelpinposted 16 months ago in reply to this

        hmmm.... I don't think I put ads anywhere!  The web version displays ads on the side because I have google ads set.  BUT, I think the mobile app inserts them between capsules as far as I can see.  I don't see ANY ad capsules that I added.  hmmm....

  2. Kylyssa profile image96
    Kylyssaposted 16 months ago

    Unfortunately, all those intrusive ads between your text and photos are a design feature rather than a design flaw. The only way to get rid of the visually displeasing interruption by ads is to shut off the ads for the hub.

    I suggested on the blog that they allow us to sticky photos to the text they illustrate because of this problem, but they said it's too technically difficult to mess with. Plenty of other sites have it so I don't see why they don't. There's really nothing to be gained by separating the text from the images that illustrate it.

    When I look at the mobile version, it makes me want to skip image use entirely. The photos have ads between them and the text. By the time one scrolls past the ad, the relationship of the photo to the words becomes less obvious and less interesting. It's too bad they don't understand how bad it looks. It doesn't matter if photos are full-width or not because even in full-width, there's still an ad between the photo and the text that puts the photo out of sight by the time the text is visible.