Do you prefer the new hub format or the older one?
The old one most certainly!! Thank you for asking.
I'm a little torn actually. There are certain features that I like about the new layout but others that I miss about the old.
I am also torn between the two. I think the old one had a bit more interest when reading the hubs, but this one focuses on what's important in an article.
I'm not absolutely sure yet. The old one was attractive and caught my eye more, or maybe I was just used to it. I think they have tweaked the new layout to make it look pretty cool, though. It looks clean and professional. They did make the voting buttons more noticeable than the earlier draft of the new format.
I don't like how the "link to this page" is almost hidden at the bottom and some of the sharing buttons (like Stumbleupon, Redgage) are gone. I miss seeing the score of the hub (is that still one some of them?), but I don't know that it's important.
Something that I DO like about he new format are the larger notices of more hubs at the bottom. There are the two from the author that are much more noticeable than on the old format. Also, the related hubs at the bottom are noticeable but not intrusive like they would have been with more of a Pinterest-type format that one of the older versions of the changes had. Remember that?
There are definitely things I like about the new format, so I'm going to give it more time before I decide for sure which I like better.
You point out the difference well, thanks Victoria! I agree that the sharing part is soooo low on the hub in the new format.
I agree with a lot of Victoria's points and also think that I need more time to make a decision. I do miss some of the features of the old layout, but I like the overall structure of the new layout. Many of the features that are gone really aren't relevant to non-HubPages readers. Hopefully that will prove to be a good thing. It hasn't been long enough to determine that yet.
Could I select both? A little of the old and a bit of the new? I miss some of the features such as the sharing buttons and the old comments section. I like the magazine look of the new format. Change is supposed to be a good thing, I guess we go with the flow. Great question Christy!
So true Sunshine, a little of this and a little of that. Would be nice to pick and choose between the two formats!
I am with Victoria Lynn, in that I want to give it a little more time. I really like the new "look" at the bottom of the hub where it links to other hubs. I think this new revision helps the reader feel like they have less extraneous stuff to contend with, and so they can considerate on the hub they landed on, and bounce from there. The new style seems to (so far) offer a very concise perimeter; feels more directly associated with what the hub has to say.
I really appreciate the recipe format above all. It makes the job of presenting any recipe far more comprehensive, compared to before. This one is a real "keeper"! The FB, Twitter, and Pinterest remaining stationary at right is awesome. Even when scrolling through a hub, you have these social reminders in your sights at all times. This could pay off big in views via sharing. I may be leaning toward the new look more so than the old. It seems a comfortable fit (but again, with more time to assess).
Most of all, I appreciate the fact that HubPages is constantly looking for ways to better the site; for authors, as well as those readers who land here from outside.
Great question Christy!
Thanks for the thought-provoking answer K9keystrokes! HubPages is modifying the hubs to help both us and the website function better. Change can be difficult to adjust to.. you raise very good points here.
I prefer the older hub format....of course I have only been at H.P. for two months, but I had gotten used to the format & the new format just isn't as good....I wish we could go back to the first one.
The new one seems to be more clean and the related hubs section in the bottom of the page may get more reader's attention in my opinion. I am going to check out google analytics to see if the average number of page views per visitor has increased or not.
Awesome, I would be interested to know the answer!
Well, the average number of page views per visitor before the design change was 1.19 and after the change 1.24.
@moneytoplist, thanks for the research. So the new design looks to be slightly improving traffic. Hopefully the increase will extend even more with time!
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