Full Width Capsules & HubTool Update

Capsule Floating to Be Retired

Big news today, friends! As part of our effort to make the HubPages experience more consistent on mobile and desktop, and to promote a more clear and organized layout, we will no longer support half-width (right floated) capsules. As of today, capsules in new articles must be full width.

We are providing a 90 day grace period for existing articles that contain floated capsules. We recommend checking out your articles and making all capsules full width to make sure they appear in the order you want them to be read. Once the grace period is over, all capsules will automatically become full width.

The main issue you will need to be aware of for this change is to ensure that your images look crisp and clear. You may upload JPG, GIF, and PNG image files to use in your articles, but any images you display should be at least 1,000 pixels wide. Images should also be high quality; the original photograph should not be blurry or unfocused.

In cases where your article contains original photos that are not of sufficient size/quality to look good full width but can not be replaced, we recommend making them into a collage. PicMonkey is free and great for making quick collages, but there are many other free collage-making apps and websites you may wish to try as well.

HubTool Makeover

I’m also very excited to announce that we have revamped the HubTool. It now has a new, sleeker design, and additionally it has been redesigned to work on mobile. Starting today, you can easily compose articles on your smartphone or tablet as well as on a desktop or laptop computer. Here’s what’s changed:

On mobile, visit HubPages.com and make sure you are signed in. Open the menu on the upper left of your screen and you will now see a “Write” button, which is how you start a new article:

On both desktop and mobile, you will see a new Create an Article page when composing new articles:

The HubTool will function on both mobile and desktop devices and now sports an attractive new design:

We hope this change will make it easier and more convenient to write new articles and edit your existing ones on the go. Please stop by the forums to report any issues with these new features. Happy Hubbing!

11 thoughts on “Full Width Capsules & HubTool Update

  1. I have a question. So when we go to update our photos will we have wait for it to be published as a feature hub again?

    • If that’s all you’re changing, the article should stay published and featured while it goes back through the QAP.

  2. Thanks for the hard-work. Similar to highlighting the broken links, could a method be devised for pixelated images. It will help those with weaker eyesights.

    • We do have a warning that shows up in the HubTool if the pixellation is bad enough to be detected by algorithm.

  3. I have a suggestion now that all capsules will be full width.

    I have revised one of my articles to make all of my photo capsules full width; however, I immediately ran into a problem. When figures (i.e., photo capsules) are half width size and right-justified, you can put them next to the relevant text and capsule subtitles do not interfere with text capsule subtitles, i.e., section headers. However, when photo (and other types of capsules) with subtitles are made full width, their subtitles, being left-justified and the same size and font as text subtitles (i.e., section headers), now interfere with these headers destroying the organization of the article as provided by the section headers. This forced me to eliminate my photo capsule titles and put their text as the first phrase of my figure caption. (Another solution would have been to put them centered on top of but part of the figure itself. But this solution required much more work.)

    My suggestion is to now center capsule titles rather than left justifying them.

    • If they are your own images, you can still simply put your name or username. If they are images you got from a site like Pixabay or Wikimedia Commons, we honestly just recommend finding images of the same subject that are better quality.

  4. This no right floating capsule idea will ruin most of my travel articles as I have images placed next to information on attractions. It means that I have lots of work to do to get them looking right again. Stop ruining your site by changing things that are not broken. Most of us using mobile devices can view full site on them as the technology on sale now allows this so right floating capsules are not a problem. I myself only use an android tablet to access this site. Rather than mess on with capsule placement fix the maps capsule so it works in mobile browsers as this is the only problem I have.

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