Today we made a few changes to the site as part of a substantial project we are currently working on to improve the overall mobile experience on HubPages. The two changes you will notice today are:
The profile page now lists Hubs in a single column (The same number of Hubs are displayed). http://heathersays.hubpages.com/
The topic page now lists Hubs in a single column (On desktop, the same number of Hubs are displayed, on mobile we are displaying twenty). http://hubpages.com/topics/food-and-cooking/1491
The single column view translates much better to mobile. You can now view the topic page on a mobile device and see how it looks. The profile page is under construction and won't be ready for several weeks.
As always we develop iteratively, so you can expect to see these improvements rolled out as they're ready. More coming soon!
So far that's looking pretty smooth on an iPad, without looking like it's purely for phones.
It think it looks great. It's much easier to scroll on desktop and mobile device. The hubs look more prominent also.
This change in many ways represents (as does so much else) the definitive double edged sword for me. My idea of a mobile device is a laptop and I wouldn't have a clue how to use one of those hand held things... I turn away when everyone I know is using theirs! SMS messaging was an innovative concept when I got my present mobile/cell phone...
However, I do understand that I am the dinosaur and that the world is moving on without me. I therefore welcome changes that are designed to improve the user experience for the majority and my income at the end of the day. Good to see that HP as always has its finger very much on the Internet pulse!
By the end of next year, I bet we will be approaching 70+% of traffic coming from mobile (phones and pads).
Google is doing a lot of work to help improve the monetization of mobile. The work we are doing now will position us to use it effectively.
So is this for all mobile platforms, or just phones/iPad types of devices? I have a Nook reader, but it is pretty slow and not all that user-friendly for Internet access. (I think they said it's Android-based.) It's mostly used for downloading games and books. I only use it for general Internet access if I can't sleep and don't want to wake hubby by firing up the main computer...
Great idea & great changes! When I am not writing or editing a hub, I am on a mobile device most of the time. I'm glad the site will be more 'mobile-friendly' now!
Thanks, Paul. Great news and great looking change. My profile looks really good on my Kindle Fire. Your forecast about "70% of traffic" coming from mobile by the end of next year is spot on. I heard yesterday's news about how Goggle's new algorithms are geared more toward searches on mobile devices. This is indeed the trend. With that said, how can we as hubbers begin to think more about "mobile device search" when we create our hubs? For example, I have already begun enlarging images in the hubs so they can be seen on mobile phones. What else do you suggest?
Why would enlarging photos help on mobile? I will check out some hubs to see how it looks. This is all so different, but I am on my iPhone all the time, so maybe it will be better. Sometimes on my mobile phone, a long space appears before I get to text. I wonder what would cause that phenomena. Maybe we can share experiences. Thank you Paul for working on these changes.
I like this new layout using a single column for both mobile and desktops. I think it helps people find hubs better. Using two columns, as before, can cause someone to scroll down looking at just one column and missing anything in the other column. So this should help a great deal, not only for mobile.
I wasn't sure about it when I first saw it on a 23 inch computer screen, but I think I'm going to like it. I'll check it out on my Kindle Fire.
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