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HubPages update

  1. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 8 years ago

    We just deployed a few changes to HubPages.  The biggest changes are:

    1. Q&A short answers - You can now answer questions with either a short answer or a hub, and answers can be voted up or down by the community.  Some of the restrictions on what can be asked in a question have been lifted.

    2. Create a hub page - You can now choose from 3 different starting layouts, or you can clone the layout of any of your existing hubs.

    3. Home page / Categories - You can now personalize the topics that appear on the home page by joining the fan club of categories that you are interested in.

    4. Safari, Chrome, and Opera Support - We've improved the compatibility of HubPages with these browsers.  Support is still at the beta level, but we think most tools on the site including the Hub Editor should work.  If you notice any problems, please let us know.

    5. Facebook / Twitter - When you publish a new hub, you can now easily add it to your facebook feed or tweet about it.

    Quite a few things have changed, and as always there may be new bugs.  If you notice anything unusual please let us know.


    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ALL great changes!

      And Opera has always been the best browser to use on HP, to be honest. It's the only browser I've used between all three major OSes that correctly displays my pages. wink

      But then again, it is the most standards compatible as it is.

      The Q and A thing rawks sawks, thanks for that too. And the layout/clone thing...PERFECT!


    2. MissJamieD profile image71
      MissJamieDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I love being able to personalize everything, cool! It would be fun if we could "pretty up" our profile pages too, with backgrounds, quotes, etc. Not like MySpace in general, but the artistic part of it is fun:)

    3. Julie-Ann Amos profile image64
      Julie-Ann Amosposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Great news thanks!  I've been asking for the ability to "clone" a hub since I joined, so this is fab thanks!

    4. girly_girl09 profile image77
      girly_girl09posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I definitely appreciate the compatibility with Chrome, it is by far, my favorite browser. The only thing that I've noticed (and it doesn't happen all the time) is that when I'm trying to format text in bold, it doesn't always work.

      For example, the other day I made a bullet list of system specs on my new laptop. I made all the specs in bold and then wrote a line next to the bold text with normal text. When I went to publish the hub, the bold formatting was gone and now that part of the hub looks sort of jumbled. I've made similar lists before in IE and have never had a problem with text not appearing bold after publishing.

      1. larryfreeman profile image87
        larryfreemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Hi girly_girl09,

        Thanks for reporting this issue.  I'll take a look to see what's up.


  2. gamergirl profile image61
    gamergirlposted 8 years ago

    Hooray!!! I was just noticing a few of these changes. big_smile

  3. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    I especially appreciate numbers 2 and 5! You rock guys! smile

  4. Lgali profile image55
    Lgaliposted 8 years ago

    thanks for this all new features

  5. cindyvine profile image85
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Hey cool, shoulda looking here before publishing my two hubs today, but cool new features!

  6. Whitney05 profile image83
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    I like how when creating a hub, you no longer have to scroll to the top in order to add capsules. There is now a bar that appears. Problem that I see is that it doesn't offer ebay capsule, only amazon.

    I can't wait to check out the layout options.

    For the short answer, does that mean if there's a request that we already have a hub about, we can post the link to the hub?

    Edit: Just checked out the layout options... Is there an easier way to search through existing hubs in order to copy a layout?

    Edit: I now see both amazon and ebay capsules on the bar, but the names and logos are switched. IE it says ebay but has the amazon logo.

  7. profile image0
    Janettaposted 8 years ago

    Awesome big_smile these changes look great!! The short answer thing looks pretty neat and def liking the FB deal big_smile

  8. weblog profile image57
    weblogposted 8 years ago

    Thanks a lot Hub Team smile

  9. WeddingConsultant profile image68
    WeddingConsultantposted 8 years ago

    Fantastic! I really like #1, 2 and 5.

    Sweet new changes...hubpages is always getting better smile

  10. Everyday Miracles profile image86
    Everyday Miraclesposted 8 years ago

    Oooh! Cool! Thanks Paul!

  11. Ryan Hupfer profile image67
    Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago

    I'm LOVING these new changes...keep the comments and feedback coming!


    Also, Fawntia wrote a great blog on the new changes to the Q&A section over here: http://blog.hubpages.com/2009/05/new-fe … s-answers/

  12. Whitney05 profile image83
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    Ryan, can we put links on the short answer for hubs that we have that are already written and pertain to the hub request?

    1. WeddingConsultant profile image68
      WeddingConsultantposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ohhh, now I really like that option. That's something we've been talking about doing for a long time- answer a request with an already published hub!

    2. Fawntia profile image
      Fawntiaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not Ryan (obviously), but I think it's fine if you do that.

  13. Shirley Anderson profile image76
    Shirley Andersonposted 8 years ago

    LOVE these changes!  Thanks, HubPages!

  14. Whitney05 profile image83
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    Change my mind... The toolbar in the edit mode is irritating. I'd like to have the option to close it.

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image67
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      haha...that didn't take long.

      1. Whitney05 profile image83
        Whitney05posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        hahaha yea I know.. It was kind of neat when I noticed it before I saw this thread... Then when I continued to finish the hub I was working on and then start on another, it started to get in the way. I kept trying to close it, but there's no 'X' to close. I guess it's just reaction and whatnot to close boxes.

        Oh and with the Tweet the new hub thing... By setting up the Twitterfeed, it automatically updates when you post new hubs, when you set up your hubber RSS feed that is, so I'm not sure how necessary that feature is. I think it'd be better to have it on the share it option though so that other people can tweet the hub, and it's already there.

  15. Patty Inglish, MS profile image94
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 8 years ago

    HubPages has just given me a boost of energy to write more with these fantastic changes. Thank you a million times! I love the constant development toward good things. smile

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image67
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wooo Whooo!! Get to writing, Patty!


  16. Ryan Hupfer profile image67
    Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago
  17. aniketgore profile image65
    aniketgoreposted 8 years ago

    Lovely changes.

  18. evemurphy profile image43
    evemurphyposted 8 years ago

    I'm looking forward to trying out all the new features! Thanks!  smile

  19. ngureco profile image83
    ngurecoposted 8 years ago

    Q&A short answers: why don't you display adsense ads on those short answers?

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image67
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good question. smile

      The truth is that we haven't decided on how the new short Q&A answers are going to play into the overall earnings plan just yet and since it's our first go at it we want to make sure that we get all of the bugs out before any of us (Hubbers or HubPages) attempts to earn ad revenue from it.

      Make sense?

  20. hassam profile image83
    hassamposted 8 years ago

    Man the changes are awesome!!

  21. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years ago

    I'm loving the changes. Love the reminder to tweet about my new hub.

    This makes me feel like we are a real team effort here! Glad to see that the Hubpages command central really is into this.

    It gives me the confidence to make Hubpages a high priority in my business plan.

    Thanks so much.

  22. carpesomediem profile image60
    carpesomediemposted 8 years ago

    I am so, so excited about being able to clone other hub layouts!  This makes things so much easier for me when I use a standard hub layout for my hubs.  Thanks, everyone!

  23. Reg Brittain profile image58
    Reg Brittainposted 8 years ago

    Much appreciated!

    I am excited about the FaceBook and Twitter integration.

    Thank you!

  24. profile image0
    shinujohn2008posted 8 years ago

    Thanks for the nice updates.

    Hubpages is getting more professional day by day.

  25. oxymoron profile image55
    oxymoronposted 8 years ago

    Pretty cool cool

  26. Isabella Snow profile image89
    Isabella Snowposted 8 years ago

    Yay! 2, 3 and 5 are much, much appreciated!!!!!!

  27. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    awesome clone hub! I totally asked for that months ago!

  28. WeddingConsultant profile image68
    WeddingConsultantposted 8 years ago

    Not that I'm trying to agree with everything Whitney keeps saying, but she just keeps reading my mind and typing it faster than I can.

    I agree with the idea of having a option for readers to tweet the hub. It's 100x better if others talk about our hubs rather than us self-promoting.

    So although the current (new) option to tweet our own hubs is good, it would be better if there was an option to encourage others to tweet our hubs.

    1. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That option is available under share this.

      1. Ryan Hupfer profile image67
        Ryan Hupferposted 8 years agoin reply to this


        1. Debby Bruck profile image71
          Debby Bruckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Perfect. I see this option elsewhere on blogs, so having it on Hubs is familiar to visitors. Great integration. Thanks Ryan.

    2. Whitney05 profile image83
      Whitney05posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Like Paul and Ryan has already said, the option is there already... Which is why I said  "it's already there" ;-)

  29. AEvans profile image81
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    How wonderful as always great job and thank you!!!big_smile

  30. RGraf profile image91
    RGrafposted 8 years ago

    These are great!  thanks.

  31. Dame Scribe profile image62
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    Jus love how we are so cared for smile I feel like a flower basking under tender sunlight. Thank you Paul and HP team!

  32. Teresa McGurk profile image61
    Teresa McGurkposted 8 years ago

    Love all the new features.  Most excellent, thanks!

  33. waynet profile image74
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Excellent...now how about a free beer after every hubpage published!!!

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image67
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Believe me, if Paul Deeds could somehow make that happen he would have built it in a LONG time ago, my friend. smile

  34. WeddingConsultant profile image68
    WeddingConsultantposted 8 years ago

    This is me reading posts:

    As you can tell, I am sometimes blinded by my ugly glasses.

  35. Profmaggy profile image60
    Profmaggyposted 8 years ago

    The changes are great and make hubbing an even better experience.

  36. Uninvited Writer profile image84
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Just published a new hub, I love the twitter and facebook integration and the toolbar is great, no more moving up and down the page all the time.

    Thanks guys...and girls.

    1. Isabella Snow profile image89
      Isabella Snowposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am really loving that new toolbar, so much better than having to scroll up. smile

  37. glassvisage profile image90
    glassvisageposted 8 years ago

    Woo! Thanks so much for the short-answer feature! There were so many times where I just wanted to write one line or add a link smile Hopefully this can mean more traffic for existing Hubs!

  38. dwilliamson profile image59
    dwilliamsonposted 8 years ago

    Hi, this might be a stupid question but can we post a question in the Q&A and then answer it ourselves?

    1. profile image42
      ladyvenusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I love the new updates on hubpages perhaps they realized the need to update it. Wink*

  39. packerpack profile image61
    packerpackposted 8 years ago

    Amazing changes. Not writing any Hub now but I am sure it will be a new and good experience. Thanks Hubpages.

  40. DarleneMarie profile image60
    DarleneMarieposted 8 years ago

    Love the improvements to HubPages!  Great work Paul & HubTeam for making HubPages a great looking place!

  41. Research Analyst profile image84
    Research Analystposted 8 years ago

    Progress is always a good thing. Love the new features. Thanks!

  42. Rudra profile image75
    Rudraposted 8 years ago

    Thank you, Hubpages is getting better and better.

  43. DarleneMarie profile image60
    DarleneMarieposted 8 years ago

    <--- Trying to contain herself.  I am so THRILLED with not having to go to the very top to add a capsule while working on a Hub I could EXPLODE!

    Thanks so much HubTeam!!!!

  44. ripplemaker profile image87
    ripplemakerposted 8 years ago

    I noticed the changes and am glad am able to say thank you for making HubPages better and better all the time.  Thank you! smile

  45. profile image0
    rethansmithposted 8 years ago

    Is there a way for me to grab an rss feed for topics/categories, and subtopics?

  46. premsingh profile image61
    premsinghposted 8 years ago

    'Short answers to the questions asked' is really a change needed for a long. It will be very useful as some requests require only short answers and not a complete hub. I did not use this feature till now but I am sure that there is a provision to link your hubs as answer to these requests. This will help avoid duplication of information. Second change is related to compatibility to few browsers. I love to use opera but latest versions of opera have conflicts with edit (text, comments)mode of hubpages.Now these browsers are compatible with HP so these browsers can be used. Thanks HP for the changes (much needed).

  47. viryabo profile image86
    viryaboposted 8 years ago

    Great new features hubpages, but when can we fix banners into our capsules?
    Irritating that i cant promote some banners and active product pictures.
    can we look forward to that feature soon?
    Asides that, you guys are great

  48. Dorsi profile image91
    Dorsiposted 8 years ago

    Thanks - you all continue to make this such a great site. I love the facebook and tweet button.