Site Update - HubTool and more

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  1. pauldeeds profile imageSTAFF
    pauldeedsposted 11 years ago

    We recently rolled a few changes to the HubTool Interface.  Among other small changes we:

    1. moved all the configuration tools except the title into the sidebar (you can edit your title by simply clicking on it)
    2. Made the "add here" capsule adding button that appears in the left hand column more obvious

    We've got a few more HubTool adjustments in the works, look for them in the next week or two.

    As frogdropping discovered we've also started displaying recently asked questions in topics that you are following on the my account page.  If you click the X you won't see any for 24 hours.   We also won't always have appropriate questions for you, in which case nothing will appear.

    Recent questions are only lightly filtered, so while there are many good questions there are also some strange ones (feel free to flag those).  When someone asks a question on HubPages, we think the value of an answer to them diminishes quickly with time.  This change is an experiment to see if we can increase the speed at which people with questions get quality answers.

    As usual, please let us know if you run in to problems with these changes (or have any suggestions, complaints, or good things to say about them).

    1. PierrePierre profile image60
      PierrePierreposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, the add tool is very nice. But the tool to reorder capsules once placed in the right sidebar is deleted. I feel a bit troublesome when i want to reorder my capsules.

    2. funride profile image72
      funrideposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Even though I haven`t been around the forums for quite some time I couldnt stop myself from congratulating the entire Hubpages team - Thanks guys! You have done a great job so far.

      The title tuner was one of the updates I love the most, it`s fast but effective.

      After almost 3 years (next month) I find that Hubpages has grown and I like the way it did... it only got better!

      I only wish I got more free time to write more hubs sad

    3. ajcor profile image59
      ajcorposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I really like the fact that I can change my hub titles...last week I changed the number allowed or indeed those the tool brought up for me and my adsense dollars seemed to rise as a direct result - ( I didn't employ any other method to enable this) so now that I can use this tool/method to change some of the older hub titles I will once more take note of the adsense account . Although to be honest, my adsense is nothing to write home about it is still nice to keep an eye on it and take note when it appears to be influenced for the better!   cheers and thanks for all the improvements you and the hub team keep coming up with...

    4. JohnBarret profile image60
      JohnBarretposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      These improvements have made Hubpages a [b]better place[b] to live.

    5. vox vocis profile image81
      vox vocisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know where to write the summary for my new hubs...where is the space to write it now, after these new changes ?

      I don't always want my introductory lines to be the summary for my articles :-(

    6. Barbara_tenBroek profile image60
      Barbara_tenBroekposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Since this change has ocrured I can not get my hubs to publish.
      Any Help?

  2. Aficionada profile image87
    Aficionadaposted 11 years ago

    As always - bringing in improvements and innovations.  Good work!

  3. Rochelle Frank profile image90
    Rochelle Frankposted 11 years ago

    I saw the question thing-- that's a nice one. Guess I have to go and write a new hub to see the others.  smile

  4. 2besure profile image81
    2besureposted 11 years ago

    I couldn't change my title.  Are we not able to change our titles now?

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image90
      Rochelle Frankposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We have always been able to change titles. I've done it many times. Can't change the URL, though-- that is in cement. Title and url do not have to match exactly.

    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      To edit the title, click on the text of the title, and you'll find you can edit it big_smile

      1. skyfire profile image79
        skyfireposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks a lot for this reply. I was going to start new thread just for suggesting that.  XD

        By the way this update makes hub editing faster than previous interface. smile

  5. Aficionada profile image87
    Aficionadaposted 11 years ago

    These things finally showed up in my account.  The Answers thingie:  I exed out of it, just to see what would happen.  Is that permanent?  I had assumed it was more like a toggle switch and that I could turn it back on somehow.  The question wasn't important, but I just want to know for future reference.

    1. Haunty profile image77
      Hauntyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I did the same. A new question appears after about a day. smile

  6. wavegirl22 profile image39
    wavegirl22posted 11 years ago

    The changes are almost as awesome as the changes you guys made with the photo a ftew weeks ago, which ny the way I am stlll like a kid in a candy store with that feature.
    The news things we got today look just as promising.

    If these is the treats we get for Halloween. . I cant wait to see what is in store for Christmas smile

  7. livewithrichard profile image78
    livewithrichardposted 11 years ago

    Wow, I really like the changes. I published 2 hubs earlier today and the changes had not yet been made.  And, I was editing an older hub that has a lot of modules and I added and changed some and though how much easier it would be if we could move the module to where we wanted it instead of move it up and reorder.  It's like you read my  Keep up the good work and I'll keep on publishing.

  8. Jerry G2 profile image92
    Jerry G2posted 11 years ago

    Is there going to be any option for going back to the older method of revising modules, or are the new tools set in stone?  I'm finding the new system frustrating.

  9. RedElf profile image85
    RedElfposted 11 years ago

    I am having a problem with the new arrangement - my "reorder" button doesn't work. The editor will let me move the elements around, but when I click "reorder now," it closes without reordering the capsules.

    I have tried in Firefox and in Chrome, and the button doesn't work in either button.

    Any help for this?

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      RedElf - I played with the "reorder" tab and can't seem to duplicate it... it seems to be working @_@
      I'm no particular expert in these things, but have you tried clearing your cookies and having a go at it again?

      1. RedElf profile image85
        RedElfposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Have cleared cookies - the function will not work in either of my browsers

        Will see what else I can try

        1. Gordon Hamilton profile image92
          Gordon Hamiltonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Doesn't work for me either, RedElf

    2. Fawntia profile image80
      Fawntiaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      RedElf, it seems to work in Firefox when I am at the HubPages office, but I tried it here at home and you're right, it doesn't work. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I'll figure it out. For now, please use the arrows on capsules to reorder. Sorry for the inconvenience!

      1. Fawntia profile image80
        Fawntiaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Update: I believe that this has been fixed.

  10. beth811 profile image77
    beth811posted 11 years ago

    I have problems with reorder button and editing titles

  11. RedElf profile image85
    RedElfposted 11 years ago

    Otherwise, it seems like a great idea - much cleaner interface


  12. Diane Inside profile image77
    Diane Insideposted 11 years ago

    Funny cause I don't seem to have a reorder button at all in my edit mode, is that intentional?

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You'll see that under the "add more capsules" box in the top right corner is another box with several tabs.  It's set to tags by default, but you can click on "reorder" to see the reorder interface. 
      Also available with those tabs is the interface for changing settings, your hub's summary, and your hub's group.

  13. nasus loops profile image66
    nasus loopsposted 11 years ago

    Changes are always worth a try and usually good news.  So I think it is great that you are trying these new ideas out.

  14. Thriller profile image59
    Thrillerposted 11 years ago

    The add tool button is really welcome change from the hanging bar as I can now add capsules as and when I need without having to scroll or re-order the capsules

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, though the hilarious thing is it was there all along! It was just WAY more subtle- heck, I didn't realize it was there until someone pointed it out to me.  This one is the same as before - just much more bold!

  15. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

    Here is a repost of what I posted in another thread earlier. This thread appears to be where I should have posted it in the first place.

    Just an FYI to the Higher Power (HP): smile

    When I clicked on the Reorder tab and then the Reorder Now button, an erroneous warning message came up informing me that I was about to exit the edit page (among other things). The good news is that it did not follow through on the "threat".smile

    1. TinaAtHome profile image71
      TinaAtHomeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I got that too.

    2. Fawntia profile image80
      Fawntiaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the report. I don't see the popup, so it must happen only with certain browsers. I will track it down, but in the meantime, just click "ok" and no harm will be done.

    3. Fawntia profile image80
      Fawntiaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      An update just went out that hopefully fixed this problem. Are you still getting the popup message?

      1. paradigmsearch profile image59
        paradigmsearchposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        It is but a distant memory…smile

  16. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 11 years ago

    Thanks Paul  big_smile

  17. profile image50
    coldwinterposted 11 years ago

    this a good sharing for us. thanks you very much.

  18. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 11 years ago

    Are there any plans to update or alter the 'Answers' section? That is the main issue many have, and the biggest area that needs improvement. The little stuff is sometimes beneficial, but sometimes it's a waste, like the Hub Hopper. *shrugs* my 2cents

  19. michifus profile image70
    michifusposted 11 years ago

    The add a unit option is superb, and will save me loads of time thanks for that.

    Nice, neat, tidy and easy to use - love it.

  20. Lily Rose profile image87
    Lily Roseposted 11 years ago

    I just published a new hub and went back in to edit it and was like, whoa!  where's the top part where I can edit the summary, etc.....I quickly found it and then came here when done to read about the obvious updates...I like them!  Great stuff once again, HP!

  21. Cheeky Girl profile image68
    Cheeky Girlposted 11 years ago

    I have used the features in the tools on a new hub, and they are cool. The tools are getting really good! And I got a weird question that wasn't really a question so I cancelled it, but it's nice to have as it will make more people move around more and ask questions. CHEERS!

  22. Randy Godwin profile image61
    Randy Godwinposted 11 years ago

    Really like the new features!  Piece of cake now to add capsules!

  23. snakebaby profile image70
    snakebabyposted 11 years ago

    Just asked a question about the change in a separate topic, found this update thing after that. Maybe my hubs not showing in timely manner has something to do with the changes?

    Do like the "add here", supposed to make thing so much handy, though have to try it later to get the feel. But thanks regardless

  24. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 11 years ago

    I see that the Questions now include a link to the hub where the person was reading before asking.

    That is somewhat helpful, but still confusing for both the hapless user (who may have no idea that they are not specifically asking that hubber) and for the hubber (who doesn't know that someone asked it while at their hub unless they stumble upon it).

    If you notified the hubber, that might help, but I really think you need to make it crystal clear to the people leaving these things that the place for specific questions is comments (when available).

  25. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 11 years ago

    Pcunix, that was updated with the last site update.

    Making a hub seems slower, especially adding capsules.

  26. travel_man1971 profile image64
    travel_man1971posted 11 years ago

    I've seen the changes when I'm doing my latest hub. Thanks for the info, Paul. big_smile

  27. HSanAlim profile image59
    HSanAlimposted 11 years ago

    Terima Kasih HubPages - Thank you very much HubPages for the latest site update. I started noticing new things yesterday - questions in places they did not used to be - and got excited. It just felt like a larger site up date was in process and voila here it is.

  28. rmcrayne profile image90
    rmcrayneposted 11 years ago

    I just updated an old HubMob roundup hub.  My sidebar and reorder button were MIA.  I used the "add" tool to add 6 link and photo capsules, and it was one of the slowest and most painful experiences I have had on HubPages. 

    I love the idea of the add tool, but it only seems to work immediately after updates.  Then it just doesn't work for me.  I add and use the capsules, then when I reorder or publish, the added capsules are always at the bottom and I have to manually move them up anyway. hmm

  29. tonymac04 profile image75
    tonymac04posted 11 years ago

    The new tools have worked fine for and I like them.
    Thanks to the team for keeping HubPages constantly improving. Great work!

  30. Purple Perl profile image52
    Purple Perlposted 11 years ago

    Improved Hubpages is welcome! Love it!
    Neater sidebar and I loved using the Title tuner for all my old hubs.
    Thanks to Hubpages team! CHEERS!

    1. sampatrik profile image56
      sampatrikposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      ya i also liked the new changes which are made in the website. It makes easier for hubber to work. that to hubpages team

  31. 2uesday profile image70
    2uesdayposted 11 years ago

    I like the changes you have introduced over the last few months.

    To start with it takes me a bit longer to figure out how to use the new features but once I have got use to them they are making hubs and adjustments much easier. I was a bit puzzled when I first went to edit a title today, but working on my latest hub today
    (my no.150) I found the arrow to add texts,photos etc. much quicker to use. The photo collection is also making putting together hubs a faster and more efficient process.

    Just wanted to say great and thank you very much really.

  32. Randy Godwin profile image61
    Randy Godwinposted 11 years ago

    Just wasted a couple of hours trying to edit one of best performing hubs!  The capsules would not stay put when published and the preview didn't work either!  The old reorder section was gone so I couldn't use it either!  My hub ended up looking terrible but I finally gave up on it!

    I'll try again tomorrow!

  33. Alison Graham profile image94
    Alison Grahamposted 11 years ago

    Hi, I have been away for a few days and just started my first hub since getting back today.  I absolutely love the new Hub tool, it is so easy to use and navigate but could someone please tell me how to edit the summary if I do not want the automatic version (I cannot find where to change it).  Thanks so much for all the great tools you are giving us.

  34. Uninvited Writer profile image79
    Uninvited Writerposted 11 years ago

    I'm loving the new tool, so easy and I love the ease in adding new capsules.

    Alison: the information is over on the right hand column above the tags, under settings.

    1. Alison Graham profile image94
      Alison Grahamposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks so much Uninvited Writer - found it! Brilliant :-)

  35. RedElf profile image85
    RedElfposted 11 years ago

    Halle -AMAZING - lujah!

    Finally, the "reorder now" button is working properly in both browsers. Thank you, Fawntia, and HubPages for sorting out the bugs.

    I had decided to give it up as a bad cause, but then thought I'd give it one more try, and it works as it should now.

    Thanks big_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smile

  36. RedElf profile image85
    RedElfposted 11 years ago

    Fawntia The reorder now button (it works, it works!) snaps shut and the setting goes back to the first tab by default. Is there any way the tabs can stay open until we change them manually oor exit from edit mode?

    I know it's cheeky to ask for extras, but just wondering if that is possible?

  37. rowni profile image57
    rowniposted 11 years ago

    Earlier we could see the links to profile page and Account page in the edit Page. Now it is no where to be seen in edit page.

    Reorder Button is not working properly.

    Other than this everything seems perfect.

  38. Peggy W profile image95
    Peggy Wposted 11 years ago

    I love the new changes!  Makes it so easy to add capsules exactly where one wants them instead of having to reorder them after the fact.  Thanks!!!

  39. compu-smart profile image85
    compu-smartposted 11 years ago

    I really am thankful for the new updates which allow me to add a new capsule with ease.. I just wish I had this new tool 500 hubs ago!, but like all things in life, they are better late than never:)

  40. profile image0
    jagat02posted 11 years ago

    The add capsule works beautifully....makes designing a piece of cake.

  41. LillyGrillzit profile image79
    LillyGrillzitposted 11 years ago

    Thank you for all of the updates. The "Add" tab is very helpful to me. No more having to rearrange, simply add or take away capsules, another benefit, when adding 'text' for advertising space, the add does not cause such a "self-adjustment" on the page. The old way could knock my set-up off badly. This way, I see what moves, and to easily line up links, photos, videos and text.

    Thank you HubPages for providing so many Tools for writers! The Best to all of you and yourn.

  42. Haunty profile image77
    Hauntyposted 11 years ago

    Re questions on my account, we have an opt-out:


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