Why Are Our Hubs So Narrow?

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  1. Faceless39 profile image92
    Faceless39posted 7 years ago

    Why Are Our Hubs So Narrow?

    I don't know why, but I just realized how silly these narrow hubs look with at least 3 inches of blank space on each side.  That's on my normal-sized laptop, and I don't think anyone still has monitors smaller than that.  If they do, they're in the minority. So why these squishy, narrow, pencil-shaped hubs?  They look so silly!

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  2. naeemebrahimjee profile image70
    naeemebrahimjeeposted 7 years ago

    I think it makes the articles look more like a newspaper or newsletter page. In my opinion its a good layout.

    I think looking at something that spreads the whole width of the screen will look like a maze of words and is more intimidating.

    Also you have to remember different screens have different widths. The style of hub pages is probably going to look great on any width of screen!

    1. Faceless39 profile image92
      Faceless39posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, okay, that makes sense.  Our hubs used to be just a bit wider than they are now, and I think they looked a little better, but to each his/her own!

  3. VAMPGYRL420 profile image79
    VAMPGYRL420posted 7 years ago

    I concur...Wish I knew why! I also wish there were more ways to customize our hubs...

    1. Faceless39 profile image92
      Faceless39posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Well, maybe they'll add more options soon, since they seem to be re-doing to whole web site.  Fingers crossed..

  4. ChristinS profile image40
    ChristinSposted 7 years ago

    My guess would be to make it also friendlier to other devices like phones, pads etc. It also does have a "magazine" look to the new layout which is quite nice.

    1. Faceless39 profile image92
      Faceless39posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I always thought phones (etc.) had their own special format, unrelated to the actual web site.  I really don't know much about it, but that makes sense.

  5. Rebecca2904 profile image73
    Rebecca2904posted 7 years ago

    Personally I think it looks great and I really don't think I'd like it if the articles were spread the whole width of the page. I think if they were spread across the page then we'd lose a lot of potential readers as they would look like unbelievably long reads - even now it's better to keep text broken up into small paragraphs, and with other capsule types between the text capsules.

    1. Faceless39 profile image92
      Faceless39posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I agree.  But I'm not really interested in spreading the text across the whole page; rather, I'd like the text to be another 2-3 inches wider than it is now.

    2. profile image0
      Larry Wallposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with Faceless39. One inch wider on each side would provide a little more flexibility and would reduce the vertical length of the hub.

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    Larry Wallposted 7 years ago

    I would like to see one addition to the Hub Page layout. I wish we could have the ability to push the half-size capsules to the left as well as the right. I understand they want to keep the Google Ads on the right, but after that point it would be nice to break up the copy by being able to alternate sides of the page. Now, all the pictures, art, etc, follows the right side and the copy follows the left. On longer hubs, it would be nice to be able to break up the gray area on the left.

    1. Rebecca2904 profile image73
      Rebecca2904posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, that would definitely help to keep things a bit more varied!

    2. ChristinS profile image40
      ChristinSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree on this!

    3. Greensleeves Hubs profile image94
      Greensleeves Hubsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Totally agree. I would have thought it would have been a relatively simple change to make, and it would greatly increase the creativity one could bring to bear on the organisation of a hub - allowing two images side by side for comparison etc.

    4. Faceless39 profile image92
      Faceless39posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree 100% as well.  There must be a specific reason why HP isn't doing this, because the code is relatively easy for this.  It's one of the main problems I have with the formatting on here.

  7. Greensleeves Hubs profile image94
    Greensleeves Hubsposted 7 years ago

    I agree with faceless39. It seems a complete waste of space to have such wide, blank margins on left and right, and with less width to the hub, the length has to be correspondingly greater, which means viewers have to scroll down much further to reach the end of a long hub. Only about half the screen on my computer is taken up with writing and images, and it follows that up to twice as much info would be readily visible to the reader without having to scroll, if the hub was wider.
    If the hubs could be made a little wider, the images would be bigger on the screen too, and the whole appearance would be more professional.

    In truth, I wouldn't want to see the hubs spread right across the entire screen, but they could certainly be significantly wider than they are, with no loss of attractiveness to the layout.

    1. Faceless39 profile image92
      Faceless39posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that bigger images would look more professional, and also that the huge margins and squishy text make our hubs appear much longer.  More scrolling for readers = less likelihood of them reading the whole thing.  It's human nature.

  8. cherylone profile image91
    cheryloneposted 7 years ago

    I do agree that the hubs should be a bit wider and have much more versatility in how we can set our pictures and such.  I hope a new revamp is in the works for this.

 
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