Viewing hubs on mobile browser

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  1. pauldeeds profile imageSTAFF
    pauldeedsposted 14 years ago

    We recently rolled out a change that makes viewing hubs using a mobile browser a better experience.  Basically, we've removed the sidebar and stripped away anything that wasn't essential.  We've tested it on the iphone and some versions of android and it works pretty well.  However, it is still very much a work in progress.  We'd appreciate any feedback you have, especially if you're on another platform.  (if you don't like the mobile view, there is a link in the footer that allows you to switch back to viewing the site normally)

    Hubs are by far the most commonly visited page on mobile devices so we started there.   Eventually we'll have mobile versions of some of the other important pages as well.

    Mobile devices are currently responsible for about 3% of the visits to HubPages.  Currently we do not display any ads on hubs viewed by mobile devices.  We are exploring various options for monetizing those views, and we'll let you know if and when anything changes there.

    1. dohn121 profile image81
      dohn121posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I just noticed this today while I was reading some hubs on my smartphone (I have  a Samsung Intrepid by the way).  Since it uses Windows 6.5 I have no other choice but to view it through Internet Explorer.  However, I really do like it now as I don't have to zoom in anymore--the view is nearly perfect as I don't have to go side-to-side either to see photos while reading text.  This is a definite improvement!

      Thanks for the upgrade, Paul!  Much appreciated!


    2. soni2006 profile image76
      soni2006posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Google has started Google SMS Channel in India and I have subscribed my friends to my channel IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH and I send them 3 useful links to hubs on health which I and some of other hubbers are writing on a daily basis. As this system is totally dependable on mobile devices, my friends will find it more easier to navigate and read the appropriate information. Thanks a lot Mr. Paul Deeps for updating hubpages with mobile devices.

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    wordscribe41posted 14 years ago

    That's great, Paul.  I wonder if it will make voting any easier...?  A couple of friends couldn't vote for my contest hubs or hubnuggets on their mobile devices.  It'll be intersting to see if the changes affect that capacity.  Cheers, Paul!

  3. LaVieja profile image59
    LaViejaposted 14 years ago

    Does it work on a Blackberry? I won't try it until you specifically mention it because the last time I did it was just too big and crashed! Look forward to it though because it will be very handy. Thanks

    1. Lisa HW profile image61
      Lisa HWposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I just saw this question, and I'm guessing you've already got the answer; but just in case..     It works really well on Blackberry.  I have bookmarks to a lot of my Hubs (as part of "organizing" writing).  It's handy.

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    girly_girl09posted 14 years ago

    I frequently use HP on my Blackberry. I use two browsers - Opera and the generic Blackberry browser.

    I just started noticing that the hub font size is much larger on both browsers, compared to what it used to be. The text is only bigger in hubs I browse, not on the front page.

    Over all, Opera is not bad for browsing HP. HP loads pretty fast with Opera and that is just on a regular cellular network (not 4G, for example). The new change that removed the sidebar from mobile browsing has really been beneficial, in my opinion.

    The Blackberry browser is useless for browsing almost any website except for RSS feeds (slowwwww), so I really have no feedback on that one except like Opera, the text now looks really big on Hubs, which makes them a bit harder to read.

    I would say the font would be equivalent to size 14 or 16 on a PC....just a guess.

  5. Faybe Bay profile image65
    Faybe Bayposted 14 years ago

    This is really cool because my brother reads all of my hubs on his Iphone! I am glad you made this change as he is always on the run and trying to keep up with my writing.

  6. climberjames profile image58
    climberjamesposted 14 years ago

    This is great, thanks!!

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    Twenty One Daysposted 14 years ago

    Paul, I have a Blackberry, so the browser gives me the full page view -with zoom or a column view.
    It loads in a flash!

    Speaking of mobile. Might be jumping the gun: any chance HubWorld will be making it possible to publish over mobile as well as an App for iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

    I travel some, as do others and would be neat if we could publish on-the-fly.


  8. G Miah profile image78
    G Miahposted 14 years ago

    Cheers Paul. I haven't been able to find that link to revert back to normal view. I wanted to check my stats for a hub, but this mobile version does not allow me to do so on some hubs.

    Other than that, i think this is a really good move.

    Keep up the good work HP!

  9. alexandriaruthk profile image69
    alexandriaruthkposted 14 years ago

    now my sister can read me anywhere she goes, thank you Paul!

  10. Jen's Solitude profile image85
    Jen's Solitudeposted 14 years ago

    Hubpages does load faster for me now. I use opera too. Thanks for the improvement, I can look forward to reading hubs on my phone now.

  11. marler13 profile image60
    marler13posted 14 years ago

    I noticed that on my Bberry gj guys.

  12. Whitney05 profile image82
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    It looks about the same as it did before for me. I'm using a Palm Pre. Maybe it's just been a while since I've pulled up HubPages on my phone.

  13. Internetwriter62 profile image76
    Internetwriter62posted 14 years ago

    I think it's great that you are finding better ways of getting Hub Pages out there. Being able to view Hub Pages on a portable device such as a cell phone really helps with exposure and gets more of articles read, resulting in more clicks. Which is a win, win situation for all of us. It also give people who are bored something to read, when they are not close to a computer.

  14. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 14 years ago

    I am posting from my brand-new iPad.  I'll be sending admin some detailed feedback later this eve.  Some parts of the HubPages experience work just fine, and some don't.

  15. lakeerieartists profile image64
    lakeerieartistsposted 14 years ago

    relache, how big are they?  Is it more like a kindle?  I don't really understand exactly what they are?

    1. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      My best explanation I can offer is one of my newest Hubs

    2. Whitney05 profile image82
      Whitney05posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      HP Slate is coming out with something similar with more features and double the battery life. I'm waiting for that one. It's cheaper that the iPad, as well.

      I'm still not seeing any difference in HubPages on a mobile browser with my phone. Does it only work for certain phones?

  16. lakeerieartists profile image64
    lakeerieartistsposted 14 years ago

    okay, i must have missed that one.  i will check it out. smile  thanks.

  17. Research Analyst profile image73
    Research Analystposted 14 years ago

    I was just thinking that now there will be hybrids of the iPad from other companies.

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    mtsi1098posted 14 years ago

    I just tried getting to my profile from a PSP and it was ok, not great but ok.  I changed the display mode between normal, just-fit and smart-fit.

  19. browsed profile image57
    browsedposted 14 years ago



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