Hub Design Part Two

Happy Monday, everyone! Today we rolled out the latest iteration of the Hub redesign. I covered the changes from the first version in my blog post a few months ago, so now I’ll focus on the revisions we’ve implemented as part of the latest update.

Social Buttons
We heard your feedback and have moved the buttons to the left side of the Hub in response. Additionally, they will anchor for the entire duration of a user’s scroll. Isolating the buttons from ads and other content to the right of the Hub will bring more prominence to them and should result in increased social shares.

Comment Count Icon
Hubs with 5 or more comments will have a brand new comment count icon next to the social buttons. Clicking on the icon will scroll a user down to the comments section of the Hub. This is a great way to showcase how popular Hubs are with their readers.

The “Last Updated” Date
Many of you made the excellent point that the “last updated” date was vague and awkwardly positioned in the previous version of the design. We agree, so we moved the date below the Hub title and specified that the date refers to when the Hub was last updated, not when it was first published.

Breadcrumbs
We removed the Hub count from the category breadcrumbs.

The Author section
The font used for Real Names (or username if no Real Name is provided) is a larger size. We also removed “HubPages Author” as a qualification. Lastly, we replaced the date with more information about you, like the number of published Hubs and followers you have.

The “More by this Author” Hubs
We changed the look and feel of “More by this Author” and moved it right below the main author section for improved continuity. We replaced the HOTD-like photo with three links (just like on mobile) so that we could showcase more of your Hubs to readers.

Related Hubs
To augment page views per visit (an important user engagement metric) and diversify the content in the sidebar (so that it’s not only comprised of ads), we moved Related Hubs to the sidebar of the Hub and anchored them. We hope that this placement change will make a positive impact on the clickthrough rate of Related Hubs.

Matched Content
Matched Content is finally ready to go and will be placed below the Hub Feedback Bar (i.e., where Related Hubs used to be.) For those of you who haven’t heard, Matched Content is a Google content recommendation engine currently in beta. It will show readers recommended Hubs based on both their interests and topical similarity. More specifically, Google’s algorithms generate recommendations based on:

  • Contextual signals: pages with the same keywords and/or the same themes
  • Audience signals: pages that interest readers within the same audience
  • General popularity: pages that are popular amongst site visitors
  • User Interests: based on the site visitors’ interests

We’re optimistic that Matched Content will help increase page views per visit, resulting in greater overall traffic for the site.

In addition to the changes listed above, we made some small tweaks to the visual design, including font sizes and link colors, in an effort to streamline the look of Hubs and make the content in the sidebar more easily distinguishable from the ads. The social buttons got a fresh new look as well.

While we don’t plan to make any more major adjustments to the Hub design right now, we do plan to do some more fine tuning. We’d love to hear what you think about the latest iteration to the Hub design!

12 thoughts on “Hub Design Part Two

  1. But where are the social share buttons? They are not appearing in the left side bar as mentioned by you. There is no margin on the left at all. All other features are okay. It will be too bad if I can’t share my hubs with others.

    • Social share buttons on the left don’t appear if using an iPad or tablet (probably not a phone either). Lots of people won’t be able to share hubs. This needs reversing.

  2. I love the new layout, especially the updated placement of “More by this author” and other information added below the author photo. It looks so crisp and clean!

  3. I like the look of the new layout and I love that the share buttons are much easier for readers to see. I’d love to see some kind of “blog this” button for Google or WordPress blogs, one that would give a subtle push in the direction of quoting a tiny bit of the hub and linking back to it rather than copying it word-for-word. I think some people plagiarize our hubs without any conscious realization that they are committing plagiarism. A “blog this” button could channel those innocent desires to share our work with their readers into something very useful and constructive rather than annoying and destructive.

    I like that the word ‘author’ has been retained with the “More By This Author” cluster under our names. I’ve always strongly disliked the terms other content farms used to refer to writers who post on their sites because it makes it look like those sites don’t see them as writers at all. No matter what our skill levels may be, we are writers here, people who produce the writing upon which the site sells ads. I adore that HubPages hasn’t lost sight of that.

    Thank you!

  4. It seems that the hubpage team is putting sincere efforts and working hard on innovations. Thanks and good luck. But if possible, it would be nice to restore the previous design to MORE BY THIS AUTHOR section, as the hubs with profile picture are more attractive, like the section of Related Hubs. Presently it looks dull. The Recommended Hubs section is beautiful, and the MORE BY THIS AUTHOR section could be made similar to it.

  5. Even as on today (10:40 AM, IST dated 8th May, 2015), I am not seeing the social share buttons and the comment count button on the left side of my hubs. There is no margin at all on the left side. The ‘more by this author’ and ‘related hubs’ are appearing on right side. The matching content as you say is appearing there below feedback buttons. But they appear as “previous” and “next” topics which are not like that actually.
    But, main problem is, the share buttons are missing. It needs your immediate attention as most of the hubbers are experiencing the same problem all through these days. So, please do the needful.

  6. Sorry to disappoint you, but I cannot find any social buttons in my hubs any more. Is there anything that I have to do to bring them up? Or, is this new set-up going to apply only to future hubs?

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