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Can HubPages Improve? 6 Improvements
Is it just me or is HubPages amazing? Yes? Well I'm glad you agree! That's why we spend so much time on here after all... But as good as it is (see here for more on exactly how good it is), It's still far from perfect - there are just some things that the good people at Hubpages were bound to miss out.
This hub hopes to tackle these issues so that maybe we can make some changes around here!
If you have any suggestions yourself, feel free to complain in the comments section!
1. Language Tutorials
Particularly for hubbers such as myself the freedom to write in other languages in order to create language tutorial hubs is perhaps the most irritating part of HubPages.
Even if you translate every foreign sentence into english, there's still a very good chance that your hub will be rejected on the grounds that it does not comply with hubpages regulations!
The improvement therefore is for HubPages to incorporate a recognition of "tutorial" hubs with different regulations than other hubs! Just like poems can be very short and still not be taken down for being substandard, tutorial hubs should be allowed more foreign words than regular hubs!
And why stop there? Why can't HubPages stem off to accommodate an international audience too?
A HubPages.fr for example could allow around 128 million French speakers to appreciate the greatness that is HubPages.
Expanding their market could be very economical and not so much effort: having the same layout but everything translated into another language would only be a minor investment for the huge influx of people that would come because of it!
Copyright is still a big problem on HubPages. People can easily just take your hub, reword it slightly (if it all) and publish it on another website. Then, it will be you who will have your hub taken down because HubPages does not allow your content to be published on two websites at once.
This is a very big problem and although there have been success stories where people have fought with the cheater and Google and managed to get the duplicated content removed, it always took them a lot of effort and a lot of time.
This is partly because the first call of action is to contact the person who ripped off your hub. This person will most likely ignore you completely because there is absolutely no reason for him to help you catch him out!
A quick-fix for this problem is to have the publishing date placed visibly on each of our hubs. This would make it so when people go on to our pages, they will be far less likely to copy.
Why? Because that way they know that the date was recorded, meaning that it would be impossible to pass the content off as their own from a previous date. If they say they wrote that article in 2012 then you can point to your own one that says it was published in 2009!
This idea does have a big drawback though - people on HubPages could easily copy other people's articles and then paste that content into hubs they had published a long time ago claiming it as their own. A fix for that is to have a 'snapshot' of each hub for the first time it was published. This snapshot would show the hub exactly as it was when it was first published.
This would allow for the HubPages community to have a quick-fix copyright solution for the content they originally published but not for the content they made after that - a compromise that would prove to be useful to most but not all members.
4. Copying Tables
The inability of HubPages to allow a way to copy tables (as far as I'm aware) is very disappointing.
Because tables provide a very nice and professional addition to any hub, it's frustrating that you can't re-use long and extensive tables in other hubs as well as not being able to simply move them to other hubs (to use a different URL or account).
Perhaps we can have a way of copying the URL of a previous hub into a search box that will find all of the tables in that hub (like finding your own hubs in the "my hubs" section when making links to websites).
Hopefully, HubPages is working on this one as we speak since it is a small ask with very large consequences.
5. Copying Capsules
Ever had a template capsule that you needed to use again and again in order to format your hub? Well why couldn't you just write the template in one capsule and then copy that capsule several times!
Such an easy function will enable us to save the time and trouble it takes us to copy and paste certain headings and structures we need in our hubs.
6. eBay Capsules
Lastly, eBay capsules are infamously irritating!
- Not being able to handpick individual items that you think are appropriate is irritating.
- Having to type "-cars", "-stephen hawking" only to get 3 of the same items is really irritating!
- Spamming "RIGHT NOW ON EBAY" if you want to use more than one eBay capsule is incredibly annoying!
Removing the "right now on eBay" tag and fixing it up so you can choose individual items would be great improvements.