Soon we will be introducing a new design for Hub layouts. This re-design has been a long time coming; those of you who follow our blog know that we have been discussing new Hub layouts since last summer. Now, with the help of our fantastic new Head of Product Micki S, and the ever brilliant Fawntia, we are on the cusp of making this design change live.
The new layout incorporates the following changes:
- The Topic Page breadcrumb has been made smaller and moved to sit above the title of the Hub
- The size of the Hub’s title is increased
- The HubScore has been made smaller and now has a mouseover explanation
- Author attribution has been moved to below the title to more closely connect authors with their work
- Social sharing options have been changed (Google+ was removed) and given greater prominence
- Related Hubs to the right have been made larger
- More related Hubs are presented at the bottom of the Hub, after the first five comments, and are presented in a more engaging and attractive format
- Tags have been removed (the section gets very few clicks)
We can give you a peek at how these changes look with some screenshots of Dolores Monet’s Hub on Renaissance Fashion presented with the new layout. Above and to the right, you can see how the sidebar is much simpler and more attractive (blue and green squares indicate where ads go).
The Hub’s title is also more streamlined. By presenting the author beneath the title, we’re following the lead of many major news sites who use the same format. This gives Hubs and their authors are more professional, as opposed to blog-like, presentation.
The box at the base of the Hub has been pared down as well.
The new related Hubs presented after the first five comments are perhaps the most dramatic visual change that comes with the new Hub layout. These related Hubs will continue infinitely as readers scroll down the page (if readers want to see the full comment thread, they can expand it at the top of the Related Hubs section). This will keep readers with your Hubs for longer periods of time, and can also introduce them, in a more compelling manner, to more of your Hubs, because preference is given to related Hubs by any given Hub’s author.
This new layout will first be tested within the Fashion and Beauty Topic on HubPages (what better way to try on our fashionable new design?), so when the change goes live, you will only see it on an isolated set of Hubs.
There may be small tweaks in the layout based on performance, but once we are confident everything is polished and bug-free, all Hubs on the site will be given the new look.
We hope you like the look!