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Some Proposed Changes to Hubpages

Updated on September 29, 2011

I have seen many forum posts and Question Answers regarding the changes in Hubpages that many people would like to see. I have been keeping track of all these proposals for quite a long time. Well, I have some proposals too (Why should I be in the back-door cheering for all the hubbers).

These are some of the changes that I would like to see in Hubpages as soon as possible. I think it will enhance the already-fun-Hubpages-experience. I hope that many of my fellow hubbers will agree with certain changes and I seriously hope that the authorities would see this hub and if they cannot give me the Hubpages Elite label or a couple of thousand dollars, at least they would seriously think of these changes or send me a little message of appreciation (Then it will be up to me to snatch some dollars out of them! Hurrah).


Following is the list of some proposed changes to Hubpages:

1. Hub’s Layout:

I think this is something that I seriously want. I do agree with the fact that the current layout is not too bad either. But it should be enhanced with some more features which other websites do have. I would love to see some banners, graphics presentations, some different layouts for text, pictures, polls and charts; different colors of text backgrounds; some default divider pictures from Hubpages and some different features like Sticky Notes etc.

2. Notifications:

As like Facebook, I would love to see a notification tab in Hubpages. The example of this notification tab can be perceived as if I comment on my fellow hubber’s article titled XYZ. Usually many people forget that they made a comment (at least I tend to forget sometimes), but later if there comes a notification that my ‘fellow hubber’ has also commented on the hub XYZ. I will go back and see the comment and reply if asked a question; eventually increasing my hubpages activity and it may increase some internal traffic for the website too (Will it? I’m not too sure, but I guess Yes!)

A question will definitely arise that in this way the notification tab will be cluttered up with unnecessary notifications of ‘comments’ when the fellow hubber keeps commenting on his hub in reply to the new comments by other people. Yeah I know, it will be a bit of trouble, but I will leave this trouble to the Hubpages Staff, let them not become rusty!

I have a solution though (I will take $500 for sharing this). The solution can be an option to select a reply-based-comment. Like that fellow hubber will comment on that comment of mine and this notification comes to me, later, all the useless comments will not be notified.

3. Notifications Alert:

As like Twitter and Gmail, recently (a couple of months ago), Facebook also introduced the feature in which when a notification arrives, a little (1) comes in our explorer tab. Since websites like Facebook, Gmail and Hubpages are always open in my internet browser; I will certainly jump to the website whenever I will see a (1) in my browser. It will eventually increase the Hubpages activity I believe.

4. Chat Groups:

Many people will not agree with this point. But I am not talking about the chat thing like Facebook etc. I am talking about a group chat option. Like if you want to talk and discuss something, or you want to gather ideas for your new relationship based article, you may go into the relationship group and then you will find many people online there to whom you can talk and know what you wanted to know. I think this will be great, because Hubpages is becoming more of a social networking website and for such a productive use; this option is not bad at all.

5. Inbox:

Recently, a much respected friend of mine (a fellow hubber) sent me an important message, but I couldn’t read it for three days, because I did not sign in my e-mail account that is associated with the hubpages account. I think there should be an inbox option in hubpages, because it will help while asking something or for positive criticism.

6. Profile View:

I will strongly vote, if asked, for some changes in profile view for a hubber. Like there is a show-case for our latest hubs, there should be an option to select which hubs to show-case and in what priority, when someone visits your profile.

7. Profile View Counter:

Although this feature will not be that much important, but still a profile view counter will not be too bad to repair a hubber’s damaged self-esteem and waning confidence :P

8. Links to Blogs/Websites:

Many hubbers do have a blog or website of their own. There should be an option of showing these websites and/or blogs along with the hubber’s profile information (somewhere near the avatar picture). There should be either a box for putting your websites’ URLs, which should be highlighted, or some sort of widgets or thumbnails pictures to highlight them.

9. Creative Learning Center:

I would seriously like to see a voluntary creative learning center in hubpages, where people should be able to voluntarily contribute their expertise in different types of writing. I firmly believe that people will certainly share voluntarily, but for the sake of encouragement and motivation, there can be a system of random rewards or monetary rewards or gifts for those honorable persons whose contributions top the chart. This thing will immensely help those persons who inspire to be a writer but cannot get any professional education for this field. It will help the writer community in whole and the goodwill of Hubpages will certainly hit the mark, since no other competitors will have this feature. (Come on dudes! At least now you owe a cheque! Don’t be selfish! I am not even IN that voluntary center yet. Pay me!)


Which change would you love to see the most?

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These were some of the changes that I would love to see in Hubpages. I hope the authorities will take this hub as a serious note and I also do hope that because of many upcoming comments from my fellow hubbers will make them believe that which one of the above changes is required the most.

Kindly do vote for your favourite change and if I have missed any important thing, please share your desired change into the comments section.


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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It's strange to read this hub seven months after it was written and know so much about the HP site didn't just always exist. Nice to know some of your ideas got put into action. Thanks for making the effort on behalf of the rest of us.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't mind change -- I just hope it's not as radical as the Facebook Timeline pages. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      lhchan 6 years ago

      Voted up. I agree with you. Very good idea and very creative.

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      epigramman 6 years ago nice to meet you my friend and yes you are a world class writer with so many great hub subjects to choose from ..... so I will post this to my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here and meet you there as a friend ... lake erie time ontario canada 9:39pm

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you for providing the information and spelling it out so nicely. definitely voted up. great hub

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up. I would like to see a new layout. Like you mentioned, with charts and banners. That would be great. Very informative and well worth looking into by the site. Great work.

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      tlmcgaa70 6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      if it isnt to late to add something to your poll, i would add "all of the above". i didnt vote because as much as i love HubPages...i couldn't vote because all of your suggestions just made so much sense...i liked them all and could see how they would enhance the use of HP. So if you can change it, I will come back and vote all of the above...if not i will come back and try to decide which i would like to see most.. great hub...awesome suggestions!

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      lyns 6 years ago from USA

      @poetvic, lol, I thought I just didn't know how to properly use the page, there really isn't background colors or font change, this is a good one, hopefully the changes will be made, but in all this is a great site in spite of the little things that are missing... have a good one

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I agree with several of these. I really would also love to have more font and background color choices. I worry about the chat suggestion though as I fear it would make the Hub seem too much like a social network. I think not having it affords the Hub a more serious image than that assigned to most social networks. Thank you for some interesting suggestions that I hope get some attention from the right people.

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      lyns 6 years ago from USA

      Excellent changes I agree and well written, hope they will acknowledge these changes and make them especially, the In-box/Mail alert, and a way to chat would be great, thanks for this article I hope you have sent a proposal of this to hub administration. Good Job, I gave this a thumbs and others, thanks again.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I'd love to see notifications. I do forget what comments I make and I'd love to revisit the ones I make to see replies. Emails do come and tell me what hubs Im following get comments but not until a few days later

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I vote for the layout! Great idea! You have such a creative mind Hunbbel...what would we do without you? :))

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      I think all your suggestions are great and would find it hard to vote for just one.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Rosemay50: You are welcome, my friend.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @b. Malin: I would love to see these two features in Hubpages asap. Thank you for your kind words :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @homesteadbound: I am glad that most of the suggestions sounded good to you. There are many things that even I do not know in Hubpages, but I believe that these suggestions, if implemented, will enhance the Hubpages experiences to a whole new level.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thanks for the advice about using the middle mouse button.. I didn't know that. We learn something new every day.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      The "In Box" does sound like a good well as "Notifications" and I also have to agree with Rosemay. All in all Hunbbel, thanks for the Useful and Informative Information...So appreciated.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I couldn't decide most of them sounded good. But I'm still a newbie and keep running across things I don't know all the time.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Hello SubRon7: These things often get frustrated and eventually results in a decrease of hubpages' activity.

      I myself consider notifications to be the most needy change right now. My vote was for the same.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Very interesting, Hunbbel, I voted for notifications, because I have been getting almost no notifications that a hub I commented on has received a response. I have to go back and "look," and usually I just "forget," as I didn't used to have to go back and "look." I've complained to the "help" team twice, to no avail. They "do" answer but have not fixed it.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Right now I am trying to cope with the changes already made. Maybe something for us technologically challenged would help.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Dexter: Thank you for stopping by. I think Hubpages seriously needs to think a little out of the box. I am really amazed that every hubber so far has gone for a different suggestion, which means many of the things are still missing.

      I will go for the notifications first.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @SusieQ42: Indeed you are right, this current layout seriously needs some changes in order to remain competitive with some other awesome websites like Ehow etc. I really love some options in there.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Rosemay50: Thank you for stopping by.

      1. Open links in new windows: I think when creating a link there comes an option (at least there was used to be) to open that link, when clicked, in a different window. Besides that, I've never faces any problem because I am used to open any new window in a new tab with my middle mouse button click. I don't think it is such an issue then when using new browsers like chrome and firefox.

      2. 'Chat Groups' will be a completely different idea than the Forums. You can perceive the idea as a Facebook chat group or like the old-times Yahoo Chat Room. One won't have to refresh every other second to see what's coming next.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Case1worker: Oh, but at least you can share your views in the comments section :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Great suggestions! I would opt for the links to blogs/websites. Thanks for sharing.

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      I agree with you about a new layout for HP. It would be a nice change. Also some more options for links, not only amazon and links to other hub page hubs. I think ebay may be on its way in, am I right???

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I would definitely opt for the 'In Box'

      One thing I think you have missed though which is so simple is the 'Open links in a new window' I hate it when reading a hub and click on a link or another hubbers profile and then have to go 'back' to get to where I started from. I just hate that.

      Regarding the 'Chat groups' for discussions, isn't that what the forums are for?

      Perhaps you should have put these suggetions in the forums too

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      An interesting Hub, which gave me an opportunity to vote, but I wanted to vote more than once, so I could not make my mind up!

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      Sneha Sunny 6 years ago from India

      If I need to choose then I'll say inbox. Not for the reason that I don't visit my email account but in general inbox is a good idea.