I've just noticed that PetHelpful, for instance, has a great layout on the front page which encourages readers to browse, whereas some of the other niche sites are positively pedestrian. Are they experimenting or what?
We've been working toward a complete responsive design. So, what you see on pethelpful.com is a partial implementation on the home and category pages, but not the article. We hope to beta responsive articles on a site in the next few weeks.
The plan is to roll it out when we are happy with it to all sites.
I haven't really looked at the delishably site, but I hate the layout for recipes on HP. It's really not like- easy to read and look it. I think it should look a little different from the rest of the text in the article. I've seen some really gorgeous recipe formatting - hope we get more options in the future!!
And perhaps even a way to include a "skip" like- where you can just skip past the rest of the article and go directly to the recipe. I know some males who look up recipes (and myself, as well), who don't want to read a story, and just want to go straight to the recipe. I think that would increase some user engagement.
I was only talking about the front page of the sites, not the layout of individual articles which hasn't really changed.
Unfortunately I can't see HubPages devoting programmers' time to improving the Hub layout especially for recipes, because they're not a highly profitable part of the site (too much competition from the big recipe sites).
I knew what you were talking about just thought this formatting issue was related and worth mentioning. And yes, that makes sense. Still wouldn't hurt, however. I feel like HP does a lot of testing
They do, but they have often talked about priorities (which is a good thing!). I can't imagine them ever prioritising a special layout for recipe Hubs. They still haven't developed a proper mobile layout for ALL Hubs, it's still just the temporary fix, so that gives you an idea how far away it would be.
Maybe they could do more that isn't just for recipe hubs but does help them - just more control over the formatting. And yes, I agree with you about the prioritizing ! But I generally think HP formatting isn't optimal/ particularly attractive to me, while I read.
I'm not sure I understand. You mean you rolled out new websites using templates which were not already completely responsive? My jaw dropped....
Responsive templates are absolutely vital for maximising traffic - they matter more than anything else right now.
The current percentage for those who use mobile devices for browsing exceeds 51% and 80% of internet users now have a smartphone...
http://www.smartinsights.com/mobile-mar … tatistics/
It looks good, not as chaotic as some of the earlier versions and it is nice to see featured authors (humanises the whole thing).
This woman has the right idea:
https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-Give … f-His-Life
Looks nice. On a personal note, I'm pretty sure that my hub on that site is getting increased views because my rooster picture is very visible on the page.
It is, indeed, a fine rooster. Would you say that the extra views are in the thousands?
The layout for Exemplore isn't nice. Other niches showcase interesting hubs, from different people. All of the hubs are just thrown in categories there, and many of my hubs aren't really in the right places. I've written in about the fictional ones (I make up many of the "people"), but really think the page could look a lot better.
And why is Reincarnation under Paranormal? It's a belief held by several religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many other people believe in it, even some Christians. It's part of the Gnostic gospels. It is a legitimate spiritual belief. Paranormal cheapens the subject matter, and so do some of the other categories.
It does look more inviting. Being responsive will help with the mobile/cells and tablets. Some of the widgets at the bottom overlap the footer on the screen of my PC (not sure if you're aware).
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