We just rolled out some fairly big changes to the site in the last hour or so. There was brief period of instability as it went out, apologies for that.
We made the first significant update to the profile page in quite some time. The big change is that instead of the latest, best, and hot listing we created a list of author's important hubs organized by topic. You can see for yourself on Maddie's Profile Page. We are rolling this out gradually, so you may not see it on your profile page right away (and you must have at least 15 hubs).
Other new features include the ability to search the text of author's hubs and to view a list of all an author's hubs that are tagged with a particular tag.
Because of the layout change, some of you with fairly long profile page bios may want to shorten them up a bit, in order to pull the hubs up a little closer to the top of the page.
You can thank Fawntia for most of these changes.
Photo Capsule and Link Capsule interface
We fixed a number of longstanding bugs in these two capsules and at the same time made them much easier to use (or so we think). Larry did worked on the link capsule, and Fawntia worked on the photo capsule.
On hubs that have at least 3 photos, that are a minimum of 150 pixels wide and 200 pixels high, you can now enable viewing of all the photos in the hub as a slide show. There is a check box in the settings box at the top of the edit hub screen. When enabled a link will appear in the first photo of the hub. To see an example, check out Paul Edmondson's hub on how to dress in Las Vegas, or my sister's hub on Restoring a badly abused Victorian House (the garage of which also happened to be HubPages' first office). Ad revenue is split on this page, just as it is on a hubs.
Thank you team - the Hubs listing looks great. I have only one teeny reservation - people used to see a list of our Latest Hubs as soon as they opened the profile - now, even if I shorten my profile, they're going to have to scroll down. It would have been nice if they could have stayed where they were!
I take my comment back! I just edited my profile text so it lines up neatly with the photo. The result is that "Latest Hubs" just peeks over the bottom of the screen, inviting the curious to scroll down - which means they'll see the main Hub listing. Nice!
(With thedanger of appearing to overuse the word "wow" too much:) Wow!! these are great! I'm sure there are some things that still need to be tweeked ( My "Why you shouldn't have a wild animal pet" is listed under "food")-- but overall I really like the way it presents things. Thanks!! Thanks, Fawnita.
When i saw the message that Upgrades is Going On - I Truly did not expect this kind of surprise. It is really amazing..........I want to hug the people who got this wonderful idea to reality. Thanks for this Great Gift
Special Cheers to Fawntia who worked on the photo capsule. It looks very nice and faster.
OK-- so I looked at some of the other ones that looked a little misplaced-- I see that the first tag may be the most important in any posting.
I don't always think in priorities. I guess there's no way to change the order of tag postings? I will think about that next time I post. Thanks, Maddie. I think it is a great enhancement-- no 'madder' how it is listed.
I'm glad that most people like the profile page changes. I know it's not perfect and I welcome suggestions.
Maddie is right; the order of your tags doesn't matter. If you don't like the topic that a hub appears under, you could remove the corresponding tag from that hub and (eventually) it will appear under a different topic or it might be removed and replaced by a different hub. (This is just a suggestion, but if you don't think that a hub should appear under the category of "food," then perhaps you shouldn't tag that hub with the word "food" to begin with.)
There is no simple answer to your question. It depends on how often you publish new hubs, and how often your hottest and best hubs change. It also depends on your hub tags, so if you change those, that can change the hubs and topics that are chosen as well.
That could get complicated, but it wouldn't be hard to let you choose, say, five hubs that you wanted to make sure were included.
Oops. Thanks for noticing. I'll correct it, but in the meantime, you can contact a hubber using the link on any of their hubs.
This is a huge improvement, thanks so much for taking the time to do this.
I would let that stand except, what kind of hubber would I be if I didn't always want more? lol.
So Rochelle's point about the "first tag" being prioritized, and Maddie's subsequent response, speaks to what I had brought up somewhere else... just giving access to our own group drop downs somewhere.
Example, me (my favorite example, btw):
I have my hubs grouped as: humor and fun, academic, writing, and rants. So, would it be hard to just let readers have access to that grouping somehow? The drop down menu is already in "my account" anyway, so, it could just be a box on the side or something.
Only reason I say this is because I know some people only read me for a laugh and all my writing tip hubs has to cost me regular readers. Too many "How to spell blah blah" email notices and they'll dump fandom in a heart beat (I would, lol, who wants to read that crap? lol). At least this way, if someone finds a writer they like, they can focus in on the particular aspect of that writer they enjoyed without the randomness that tag grouping can create.
Wow what a nice new look!! Handsome and easily read, and was I ever Surprised...been away a couple of days and what a wonderful place to come back to...Nice and fresh and new and clean,,,You sure got my Thumbs up for this...God Bless and a big (((HUG)))) and thank you...G-Ma ) hugs
I think the photo editor change will be interesting to see in effect.
How often with the featured hubs on our profiles change? And how often will the topics change?
Will there be any way that one day we can choose which hubs we feature. I really like the overall layout of the profile page, but think it would be interesting if we could choose our own hubs to feature. Just a thought... *shrugs*
I was amazed by the Profile changes I glimpsed last night, especially the attractiveness, new features - especially the search and the tag groups - and all around upgrade. I think Hub Pages is the bestplace to write on the Internet, becuase of the grweat Team we have!
These changes are so great...I wish I knew how Paul, Fawntia and Larry created some of this magic. I'm so happy to hear that you all like the changes and keep on giving us feedback on everything, we love to hear all of your thoughts and ideas!