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New Homepage Coming Soon!

  1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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    Christy Kirwanposted 3 months ago

    I’m very pleased to announce that within the next few days, HubPages will be getting a shiny new homepage! Here’s what you can expect to see:

    -A fully responsive design
    -A lovely new color scheme that matches the Network Sites
    -Sections for each of our Network Sites prominently displayed
    -A “More” section in the upper left with the option to easily visit various parts of the site
    -Testimonials from HubPages experts and enthusiasts
    -A convenient and prominent option for signing up as a writer

    And the improvements won’t stop there! Down the road we intend to overhaul the HubPages signup flow for new users and give the rest of HubPages a design refresh, so keep an eye out for future announcements. We hope you like the changes!

    1. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Look forward to seeing the changes.  Thanks, Christy.

    2. greenmind profile image91
      greenmindposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      YAY really happy to hear this.

    3. Dean Traylor profile image83
      Dean Traylorposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Moving forward means changes, and I hope these changes will improve viewership. Can't wait to see what happens.

    4. chef-de-jour profile image89
      chef-de-jourposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      More good news to further boost confidence - onwards and upwards. Thank you for the great work.

    5. kenneth avery profile image82
      kenneth averyposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      smile Christy, I have to (without hesitation) AGREE with sallybea's comments about the changes you are announcing! Wow! I am ready. What a great time to be 63 and living in America!
      And having friends like you and sallybea.

    6. Ashish Dadgaa profile image82
      Ashish Dadgaaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Hello Christy Kirwan,

      Wow, that's amazing smile
      Excited to see new updates of HubPages smile
      Thank you.

    7. tsmog profile image86
      tsmogposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Hooray! Progress is always great. Thanks for sharing.

    8. SakinaNasir53 profile image86
      SakinaNasir53posted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Awesome! Looking forward to seeing the new look of HubPages. smile I am sure the team will do a great job with it. Very excited! Thanks for sharing this with us Christy!

    9. Nancy Owens profile image88
      Nancy Owensposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Sounds great to me... and I am really liking the look of the new sites.

    10. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      The new homepage is out! The Feed will be the default landing page for signed in users, so you'll need to sign out in order to take a look. smile

      1. lobobrandon profile image84
        lobobrandonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        I like it. The testimonials add a nice finishing touch.

    11. MarleneB profile image96
      MarleneBposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      All good! The look and "feel" of HubPages is truly more engaging. I like the style of the network sites and glad to see that the main page will mirror those pages. I am loving what HubPages is doing to improve how the pages look because it improves how people perceive the writers who write here.

    12. galleryofgrace profile image82
      galleryofgraceposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      The new homepage looks very nice but it is extremely deceptive! You cannot possibly get by with telling new writers or readers that they should expect to make $200, $300 or even up to $650 a month.
      90% of the writers on here are lucky if they make $1 a month!
      Extremely deceptive work by HP!

      1. RonElFran profile image95
        RonElFranposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        I don't think the testimonials communicate that newcomers can expect to make hundreds of dollars a month. I notice that facts concerning when the person joined, the number of followers they have, and the number of articles they have written are prominently displayed. What that communicates to me is that if I work hard to put in the time and effort these people have, and write good content that draws followers, then yes, over time, there's the potential for me to be rewarded as they have been. I don't think that's deceptive at all.

    13. VA Kingdom profile image58
      VA Kingdomposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Great news..needed some changes thanks Hubpages team

  2. Coffeequeeen profile image87
    Coffeequeeenposted 3 months ago

    I look forward to the changes.  Sounds like there's some big changes afoot!

  3. lobobrandon profile image84
    lobobrandonposted 3 months ago

    Awesome smile Looking forward to this.

  4. MomsTreasureChest profile image74
    MomsTreasureChestposted 3 months ago

    Looking forward to seeing the the new home page and upcoming changes, thanks!

  5. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 3 months ago

    Are you asking David for a testimonial?

  6. Jesse Drzal profile image85
    Jesse Drzalposted 3 months ago

    http://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/13418052.jpg

    I reckon this would be it

    1. Will Apse profile image89
      Will Apseposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      David has every reason to thank the heroic patience of certain forum participants (not including myself, since I was not convinced that he deserved it, lol)

  7. Venkatachari M profile image86
    Venkatachari Mposted 3 months ago

    Very glad to know. Waiting for the changes to appear. I hope it will be presenting a very pleasant look to our homepage and the entire site itself.
    Thanks a lot, Christy, for announcing this.

  8. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 months ago

    The new niche sites do have a very pleasing-to-the-eye color scheme; it will be nice to see it added to HP itself.

    I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.

  9. Chriswillman90 profile image94
    Chriswillman90posted 3 months ago

    That's great news, I was planning on writing here again soon so this adds even more of an incentive to do so.

  10. Margaret Schindel profile image92
    Margaret Schindelposted 3 months ago

    Fantastic news, Christy! Looking forward to seeing the new homepage design and the other changes in the works. smile

  11. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 3 months ago

    Really something to look forward to. The consistency of the color scheme with the niche sites is a great plus also. It ties it all together.

  12. ChitrangadaSharan profile image86
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 months ago

    Looking forward to see the changes!

  13. Lahayle profile image60
    Lahayleposted 3 months ago

    This is wonderful.  Thank you.

  14. carolynkaye profile image94
    carolynkayeposted 3 months ago

    I can't wait to see it. Thanks for the update smile

  15. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 3 months ago

    Can't wait to see it thanks.

  16. Kenna McHugh profile image81
    Kenna McHughposted 3 months ago

    Will we get our Twitter button back?

  17. Terrielynn1 profile image85
    Terrielynn1posted 3 months ago

    Does I effect those on mobile devices and tablets. I don't see any difference. The changes sound great though.

  18. Haider Mama profile image87
    Haider Mamaposted 3 months ago

    As a new hubber I like the new homepage. Now I can see all the hubpages network sites in one place. I don't have to wander here and there to find interesting articles to read.

    Good work Hubpages team!

  19. wilderness profile image94
    wildernessposted 3 months ago

    I like!  That really looks nice; kudos to HP staff!

  20. Paul Edmondson profile image
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    Paul Edmondsonposted 3 months ago

    Those aren't the highest earning Hubbers.  We selected them based on a number of factors including quality, areas of expertise, and a diverse group that I think represents the HubPages community positively. We will add more Folks over time!

    1. makingamark profile image72
      makingamarkposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I'm puzzled by two things
      1) Have you relaxed the injunction on NOT discussing earnings if you're now highlighting what people earn?
      2) Did you get people's permission to highlight their earnings?

      I do recall in the past there have been some negative repercussions (elsewhere) for those whose earnings are highlighted (content copied etc by those who would like to earn the same and like to take shortcuts). I wouldn't like to see the initiative backfire.

    2. sallybea profile image98
      sallybeaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Are these people being paid to display their earnings or are they being paid when new writers sign up via the link?  Wonder how most people feel about their earnings being displayed!

      1. lobobrandon profile image84
        lobobrandonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        I assumed that they were contacted and asked for permission to do this. If not, that's bad.

        1. makingamark profile image72
          makingamarkposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Well I've rather assumed that too - but still worth asking the question as it would be a matter of major concern to some people if such permission had not been given.

        2. DrMark1961 profile image92
          DrMark1961posted 3 months ago in reply to this

          People were contacted and asked.

          1. sallybea profile image98
            sallybeaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

            Interesting because I noticed this yesterday and I was surprised.  I had not seen it before.
            https://hubpageshelp.com/money/Learning … d_22671213

            1. SakinaNasir53 profile image86
              SakinaNasir53posted 3 months ago in reply to this

              Haven't seen this before too. I thought that it takes a year to earn from HubPages.

              1. sallybea profile image98
                sallybeaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

                It can do, sometimes longer but really it depends on how much you put into it.

                1. SakinaNasir53 profile image86
                  SakinaNasir53posted 3 months ago in reply to this

                  I see. Thanks for sharing! smile

              2. DrMark1961 profile image92
                DrMark1961posted 3 months ago in reply to this

                It can also take a few months. It depends on the amount of hubs you write, how crowded the subject matter of the article is, and how you get the articles out there to start (like getting social media so that the search engines find your works).

                1. SakinaNasir53 profile image86
                  SakinaNasir53posted 3 months ago in reply to this

                  Thanks DrMark1961 for sharing. smile

  21. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 3 months ago

    I think it is a good idea to bring together all the niche sites but I'm not sure about the aesthetics.

    You have more or less got rid of the impersonal corporate feel but there is something not quite right. All those similar, but different fonts maybe, that weird gray area at the top, the photos that are too small to be meaningful.

    Sorry, to be so critical, but given that the design of the individual niches is so good, I reckon you could do better.

    The testimonials work and should do a useful job of recruiting new writers.

  22. makingamark profile image72
    makingamarkposted 3 months ago

    I'd echo and endorse Will's point about
    1) the composite of all the different fonts. The effect is "patchwork quilt" rather than "professional design" and to my mind and eye it jars. (Granted the grey helps tie it together - but why choose GREY?)
    2) the size of the thumbnails - far too small - even on mobile. Look on any other popular site using images and headlines for navigation (check the news sites) and the images are much larger.
    3) Why include the author's name unless there is significant traffic based on names as keywords. The point of a home page is to interest people in a topic not who wrote it.  Squidoo used to have a very successful home page which was boring (no images) and just listed the top five sites in each category as headlines. Worked a treat for me for a very long time.  Then they changed it to include fewer sites + images and the traffic dropped!

    GLITCH - One thing I noticed was that I unable to get back to the main HubPages page from a niche site. If you can go from the Main page to a niche site - shouldn't you also be able to return without using the back button?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I would hope not as I'd prefer the niche sites not to be connected to the main site more than absolutely necessary.

      1. makingamark profile image72
        makingamarkposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        You've not seen the new Home Page?

        1. lobobrandon profile image84
          lobobrandonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Links from the main site to the niche sites are OK. The other way around should not be happening.

          The algorithms do not really give you a penalty if a site links out to you but if you link to spammy sites it does. And for all we know HP has a small search engine slap to it. Not spam, but it doesn't have the same authority.

          1. EricDockett profile image94
            EricDockettposted 3 months ago in reply to this

            Each niche site has thousands of links back to HP. Every page has a couple of them in the sidebar. hmm

            1. lobobrandon profile image84
              lobobrandonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

              Yes I did say that, but I still think that's okay. Because they are still related (in some sense). What I meant and wouldn't like to see is us trying to promote the HP domain from the niche sites. I assume the sign up feature takes us to the HP domain but that's still giving people what they want. And not blindly trying to promote hubs on the main domain.

    2. lobobrandon profile image84
      lobobrandonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      The niche sites are trying to get away from the main site, I hope there is no direct backlink. Sometimes via the related hubs section, I think that's more than enough.

    3. makingamark profile image72
      makingamarkposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      OK - in view of all the comments I'll try this again. Forget HubPages per se.

      I can't find a link from the Niche Pages to the composite page which lists ALL the niche sites. (ie people can be interested in more than one topic!)

      It is also possible to mark links as "no follow"!

  23. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 3 months ago

    I like that  the feed is now the default for signed in members.

  24. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 3 months ago

    Just had a look at the home page again and it looks much improved. I'm inclined to think that the page did not load properly this morning.

    So ignore what I said earlier, except the bit about the weird grey bit, and the rather small photos, lol. There really seems no point in having photos that you cannot see. I note a smattering of larger format pics on the niche site front pages which helps the aesthetic.

    But at least the site logos are clashing less. And the non-photo content fits the page properly.

  25. EricDockett profile image94
    EricDockettposted 3 months ago

    I like it. Looks good. Fits together nicely with niche sites if visitors click back and forth. Will individual pages on HP be getting a makeover too?

    More importantly: Is this a sign that HP does indeed have a grand plan for the main site rather than letting it sink into oblivion as some have feared since the launch of the niche sites? I am going to assume it is until someone tells me otherwise.

    Well done, HP!

  26. Jesse Drzal profile image85
    Jesse Drzalposted 3 months ago

    The only drawback to posting those earnings reports like that, although it does dangle the proverbial carrot, it may attract some get rich quickers who come aboard and write for the wrong reasons..could also lead to loads of dead accounts when people see this is actual work. I do think it looks great though great job guys!!

    1. lobobrandon profile image84
      lobobrandonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Those people will never get their hubs featured, the niche sites are a whole different story.

  27. Jesse Drzal profile image85
    Jesse Drzalposted 3 months ago

    I know it won't make niche. Was thinking more the main page.

  28. Natalie Frank profile image97
    Natalie Frankposted 3 months ago

    Great to hear!  Looking forward to seeing the changes!  Thanks to the HP team for continuing to work towards greater viewership, enticing appearance and easier navigation for writer's.  You are appreciated.

  29. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 3 months ago

    The front page is attractive and looks professional. It should draw in more readers and help us to gain increasing trust and respect in the Internet community overall.

  30. janshares profile image90
    jansharesposted 3 months ago

    The new homepage looks good, the testimonials are a nice touch. Looks like it's increasing page views. Sweet!

  31. carolynkaye profile image94
    carolynkayeposted 3 months ago

    I love the new look and easy to navigate layout.

  32. FatFreddysCat profile image96
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 months ago

    Looks good. A vast improvement over the old home page, which more often than not was full of junk from the forums and Q&A sections.

 
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