HubPages is a community of internet users who create themed web pages. A hub is a page that focuses on one theme or topic. Users have unlimited options when building hubs. Current pages include everything from traditional Cambodian weddings to pet care and photography. The user can collect various media to put on their page, such as videos, images, maps and links. Polls and quizzes can also be displayed. Each element added to a Hub is referred to as a Capsule. Hubpages encourages users by providing analytics as well as ways to monetize Hub pages. The application is currently only available in English due to technical limitations. Hub users can earn accolades, which are badges that appear on the user’s profile when they achieve a goal within the HubPages community.
HubPages was founded in August of 2006 by Paul Edmondson, Jay Reitz and Paul Deeds. The project was funded by $2 million supplied by Hummer Winblad. The website earned a place among the 50 most visited websites in the United States. The application is well-known throughout the web. Approximately 42 million visitors were counted in December of 2010. HubPages received a place on the 2010 Hottest Silicon Valley Companies list presented by Lead411 in May of 2010.
HubPages is essentially a website builder, but one that lets users focus on their favorite topics or areas of expertise. The application provides user friendly tools that allow anyone to share their knowledge and experience. What makes HubPages so appealing is that it not only gives users a place to share what they know, but it also lets them cash in on their work. Users can generate revenue for building popular commercial Hubs that see a lot of traffic.
HubPages uses a neat and organized layout and simple design. The primary color scheme is black and white, but this really works for the application. The main attraction is found within the user-created pages, not around them. Each page can be designed to the user’s specifications, but all maintain a general user friendly structure. HubPages provides an extremely easy to use interface that lets even the most inexperienced of internet users to build functional Hubs.
A new user can join the HubPages community by clicking the “Join” link in the upper, right hand corner of each page. The form on the next page is found below a “Connect with Facebook” button. Users who sign up with the form are asked to give a username, desired subdomain name, email address and password. After entering the Captcha code, the user can submit the form and begin building their first Hub.
HubPages invites all internet users to build Hub pages at no cost. There are no subscription fees and users can manage multiple Hubs at a time. All users receive access to all Hub building tools and can create content on any topic they like. Users can actually earn money by participating in one of HubPage’s revenue programs, which include ad, eBay and Amazon programs. Users are not required to participate in the revenue programs.
HubPages is a helpful, entertaining tool for anyone who knows about a subject. Users can collect resources and share their experiences in a Hub page. Users who are searching for information, tips and advice can search pages by topic to find those that match their needs. Users can find many unique topics covered in new, original ways throughout the HubPages community. Access is free and users can access as many Hubs as they want.