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.
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.
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!
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:)
Great news thanks! I've been asking for the ability to "clone" a hub since I joined, so this is fab thanks!
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.
Hey cool, shoulda looking here before publishing my two hubs today, but cool new features!
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.
Awesome these changes look great!! The short answer thing looks pretty neat and def liking the FB deal
Fantastic! I really like #1, 2 and 5.
Sweet new changes...hubpages is always getting better
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/
Ryan, can we put links on the short answer for hubs that we have that are already written and pertain to the hub request?
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!
I'm not Ryan (obviously), but I think it's fine if you do that.
Change my mind... The toolbar in the edit mode is irritating. I'd like to have the option to close it.
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.
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.
I'm looking forward to trying out all the new features! Thanks!
Q&A short answers: why don't you display adsense ads on those short answers?
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.
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.
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!
I am excited about the FaceBook and Twitter integration.
Thanks for the nice updates.
Hubpages is getting more professional day by day.
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.
That option is available under share this.
Like Paul and Ryan has already said, the option is there already... Which is why I said "it's already there" ;-)
Jus love how we are so cared for I feel like a flower basking under tender sunlight. Thank you Paul and HP team!
Excellent...now how about a free beer after every hubpage published!!!
This is me reading posts:
As you can tell, I am sometimes blinded by my ugly glasses.
The changes are great and make hubbing an even better experience.
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.
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 Hopefully this can mean more traffic for existing Hubs!
Hi, this might be a stupid question but can we post a question in the Q&A and then answer it ourselves?
Amazing changes. Not writing any Hub now but I am sure it will be a new and good experience. Thanks Hubpages.
Love the improvements to HubPages! Great work Paul & HubTeam for making HubPages a great looking place!
Progress is always a good thing. Love the new features. Thanks!
<--- 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!!!!
I noticed the changes and am glad am able to say thank you for making HubPages better and better all the time. Thank you!
Is there a way for me to grab an rss feed for topics/categories, and subtopics?
'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).
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
Thanks - you all continue to make this such a great site. I love the facebook and tweet button.
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