I like the looks of this new design. This looks promising. I won't be sorry to see related searches go away. Bravo!
cool. I like what I've learned so far. Can't wait to see it live.
The full-width title looks much better to me and the greater emphasis on the author info is good as well. Looking forward to that new widget!
It sounds very good--I'll be glad to have the breadcrumbs going to main categories, and the content flowing better. Thanks, staff folks!
What determines which Hub is placed in the "More By [Author]" section?
Good. Anything new is interesting.
I sincerely hope it will help me.
Can't wait to see what this looks like - especially on my felting pages.
The new design is more mobile friendly which is very nice!
I'm happy to read that the hubs are being widened! The changes sound good and I'm anxious to see the complete new look. What will the Recommended Content module contain? Is it an actual part of the hub content or a link to the content?
Is there any way to see a more complete preview of what it will look like?
The Recommended Content widget is a new Google service we're going to test. Currently, the widget is available to a limited number of publishers and will (for now) recommend content only on HubPages. We'll see how it goes and whether it's successful at driving traffic to Hubs!
The redesign (mainly the content modules) is still in the works, but I may be able to post some more screenshots later this week.
I'm so glad you like it so far, rebekahELLE!
Three Cheers for this one!
"Related Searches unit in the sidebar will be removed"
Other changes also sound fabulous and more graphic!
Good to see the greater prominence given to authors (once again a long time coming).
Can't wait to see the full layout! Good move HP.
Not quite sure as to what the new look is going to be. Happy to see related searches go bye bye. If they are going to make the text area bigger, I assume that full width photos are going to be even bigger than they are. I hope not!
Another question... with the addition of the More by the Author module, will the group navigational links still work below our hub content?
Do you mean previous/next? We don't have plans to remove that right now. Let me know if that isn't what you were referring to.
Great, thanks. That is what I was referring to.
Looks like there are changes proposed to the Related Hubs listing. Unsure what the text below means - but this will be clearer, I guess, when the final layout is announced. I would be sad to see Related Hubs revert to topic pages, but there has always been an issue with relevance.
"The Breadcrumb structure on subdomain Hubs will be reverted back to how it was before September 2013 — it will direct readers to HubPages Topic Pages rather than a filtered view of your Profile"
Yes, janderson! Seeing a list of the hubbers other hubs would be better. But using the search bar for searching topics is almost useless since most of it is forum posts, if it works at all.
I like what I see so far. Will we need to make any changes for the new layout (making sure our photos aren't pixelated, watching the size of our Amazon ads, looking for white space that doesn't belong, etc.) or will they all happen seamlessly for us?
I love the new design and can't wait to see it on the site. Thank you so much for the nice Thanksgiving surprise. I like the avatar already.
"If you provided it, your real name will be displayed beside your username (like on mobile). Your avatar will also be much larger."
This does NOT make me happy. Where do I edit that out? Is it already showing on mobile???
Otherwise sounds like great changes!
Just glancing at your profile page you haven't provided a real name, so you are fine, if privacy is what you are concerned about. The name you put for "real name" can even be a pen name if you like. To add/change/delete it you click "Edit" on your profile page.
Looking really good! I love the looks of the new design.
I'm glad the Breadcrumb Structure will be changed back as it was. I had posted about this in the forum a long time ago when I notice the filtered view didn't indicate the lowest level breadcrumb, leaving only the top level, which is very misleading to the reader. So this change is good too.
I knew about the larger AdSense ads, Google had informed me of them for my business site. I think that will be a good experiment to test that on our hubs.
The wider width for the title should make it stand out better, and that's the first thing people see. Good move.
I also like the idea of the author section on the hubs. I know there are many opinions about this, basically saying that readers never pay attention to who wrote the article anyway. But I beg to differ. I think it's useful to give the reader a little knowledge of the source of the information they are reading. The info on the author can lead to building a following of "organic readers." How's that for coining a new phrase?
I'm one of those who say that readers never pay attention to who wrote the article, but that's because the author info in the current design is so tiny, the average person would barely notice it. At one point it was planned to be even smaller, but was changed after Hubber outcry! So I'm very pleased to see the more prominent author info is being reinstated.
Will the increased width affect the number of characters per line in text capsules? If so it will totally destroy the appearance of nearly every hub I have.
The way I understand it from the blog, the text capsules will remain the same width. The right sidebar will be widened. The title will appear above both columns, hence widening the title.
The RS ads being removed just might make Google love us a little more...
Looking forward to these changes I can bet they perform better (fingers crossed nonetheless)
It looks great, I hope it will draw more readers and thus more income
Hey all! The new Hub design is coming along well, but we pushed back launch to next week. For now, I want to share another screenshot. Below you can see the new More by Author section. I hope you like it!
Very pretty! How will the hub that is featured out to the side be selected?
Will the bottom of the hub look the same with the buttons, the related hubs, etc.
The selection criteria for that Hub is a combination of category relevance and quality. Sometimes, a Hubber may not have a Hub that meets the criteria. If that happens we won't show any content in that space, and the second 300x250 ad in the sidebar will also be dropped.
The bottom of the main Hub body will look the same for now, yes. For this iteration, we focused our efforts on the general ad layout, title area (including the author byline), and the widened sidebar.
I can't wait. Really looking forward to it.
That looks smoother and more professional. I like it a lot!
It is looking good, Marina. So happy the "related search" will be removed!
So "later this week"?
It's getting pretty late in the week, isn't it?
Well. no matter, though I suppose when it hits we'll want to look over our hubs to see if anything needs adjustment due to the stretching.
Marina says the launch has been pushed back to next week.
The text capsules will NOT be stretched.
It is a welcome step. Let's congrats the brains behind it.
I am usually against everything and am not a fan of new for the sake of being new. But I feel like I am going to be happy with this change. I hope Google likes it too! Looking forward to seeing the new layout!
I am happy on this positive change. It is a wonderful idea and I hope all hubbers will welcome this change.
I noticed the site was already down once. Maybe save this adventure for your lowest traffic period.
Come to think of it, Friday-Saturday is the lowest for me. So go for it.
I'm sorry, I was napping. Did some promised thing actually happen or can I go back to my dreams?
I am so excited, that I just joined on Nov 29 2014 and now it is Dec 1st 2014 and wait for the new design and start to write again. I hope to meet new community of writers and book readers. Blessings on the Launch. I am loving it. J Paulson © 2014
Love the new design! The best part of the ew look is it’s emphasising on the author info. My personal preference would be the new ‘widgets’. Looking forward to these changes!
I'm already making plans for some of my hub titles after the conversion takes place.
Is there are update on when the new layout will be implemented?
I'm sorry about the delay with launching the new Hub design and want to provide a quick update since I know folks are anxious to see it live - we are too!
This is what's up. We are ready to go and could launch right now but are waiting on Google to give us the final approval on two things:
1. The new ad layout. We're trying something new here and cannot move forward until we get the green light. We've gotten preliminary approval but are awaiting a confirmation to guarantee we are not in violation of any of Google's policies.
2. The design of the Matched Content widget. We know that the earliest we will get approval for this is next week but are prepared to launch the design without it and add it next week. We need #1 to launch though.
So, it has become a bit of a waiting game! We don't have an ETA from Google on #1 but were told that it will happen soon. We don't like to release big updates to the site right before the weekend or in the evenings. If we don't get approval by Friday at noon PDT, we will wait until next week to launch. We'll keep you posted.
EDIT: hyperlinked Matched Content
Thank you, good to get an update, can't wait to see the new look.
Thanks for the update, Marina. Lots of us are looking forward to it!
Can you explain what the matched content widget is? The link just took me back to this thread.
Can't wait to see the changes. The example looked great!
Sorry about that, Lionrhod! The link should take you to a specific post of mine where I briefly discuss the Matched Content widget. In short, we don't know a ton about it either. It is a new Google product we're testing that is available to a limited number of publishers. It is supposed to show a list of recommended content within HubPages. How it chooses that content is based on a number of things, from relevance, reader interest, clickthrough rates, etc. Visually, the module will look similar to the Related Hubs (thumbnail + Hub title) listing. We'll have to see how it plays out next week.
I like the new lay-out. Thank you all at HP headquarters.
Just one question:
Quote from the blog post:
"The Related Searches unit in the sidebar will be removed."
Does that refer to "Sponsored Links" which used to be called "Related Searches"? - The unit we fought so hard to get rid of, way back? That would be good news.
Or has the name of the unit just changed from "Related Searches" to "Sponsored Links"?
Yes, the Related Searches unit was renamed to Sponsored Links. And you are correct that one of them (the one that currently sticks in the sidebar) will be removed as part of this redesign. The other unit (below the Hub) will remain for now, but we would like to get rid of it as well. We need to see how the new ad layout performs overall and we'll go from there.
Well, that IS good news. When that unit is gone I, and all those who fought against it 20 months ago will jump for joy!
Please get rid of the other one as well. With all the emphasis on user satisfaction why not dump 'Related Search' entirely which is deceptive and misleading. It is also contrary to the latest Spam rules as the Ads are very unrelated to the topic of the hub. Given that the revenue from these deceptive ads is not shared, the decision would appear to rest on whether HP loses income overall. Those ads are spammy and detract from user experience. It may take months to restore HP reputation. Every reader tricked by the deception is unlikely to ever click on the SERP ever again. So for Long-term benefits - Please dump 'em all now!. THANKS
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