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Pin Widgets, New Search Page, and Customizable Meta Tags for Posts

Posted by Mohd Shad Mirza

Here is another week of Hashnode shipping amazing features as usual. This week we shipped 3 major updates to Widgets, Search, and Editor.

Pin widgets to the top of all your Hashnode articles automatically

Adding Widgets to the articles was a little tiresome to all the posts. Up until now, if you wanted to add a third-party newsletter (e.g. Mailchimp, Revue, etc) widget to all the articles on your Hashnode blog, you'd have to create a Widget called mailchimp-widget, and manually add it using this format %%[mailchimp-widget] to all your articles.

Yes, doing this for 6 articles is okay, but doing it for 20 or more articles would be super stressful and time-consuming.

..and that's why we created the pinned widgets feature.

So now, you can pin a maximum of 2 widgets at either the top or bottom of all your articles with just one click. To do so:

Go to your blog's dashboard, and click on the Widgets tab.

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Navigate to the widget you want to pin and click on Edit Widget.

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Enable the Pin widget feature, and select if you want the widgets to show at the top or bottom of all your articles.

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Finally, click on the Update button to save your changes. If you click on any of your articles, you will see the widget you pinned. 🥳

Hashnode search upgrade

Previously, searching for anything (e.g., users, articles, tags, etc.) on Hashnode was a bit tasky. You enter a word or phrase into the search engine, and it comes up with a stack of irrelevant information. Not anymore!

We have done massive enhancements to the Hashnode Search page. You can now filter the results based on four categories: "Top", "Latest", "Tags", and "People".

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The results are not restricted to a few counts now, you can scroll and browse through the search results.

We have also updated our "Top" search algorithm to deliver the best match possible. Along with that, the search results will now show rich information like blog domain, date of publishing, reactions, and more.

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We've added an in-feed Search option on your homepage which you can directly access by pressing / key. With this, you no longer have to go to hashnode.com/search or click on the Search icon at the navigation bar to search for something on Hashnode.

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We hope this helps you find your favorite articles faster than ever.

Customizable meta tags for posts

We have introduced two more fields on the Hashnode editor. These will help you customize your post's title and description meta tags for SEO purposes. These are optional fields and will fall back to the post's title and brief of content when not provided.

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30 Apr 2021

New

Google One Tap Login, Tags upgrade, default cover thumbnail and much more.

Posted by Mohd Shad Mirza

Hey there 👋, we are constantly shipping updates to make Hashnode much easier and faster for you. Here are a couple of improvements we made this week.

Google One Tap Login

We understand that typing your email every time you log in might be a little tedious. That's why we made it easier for you to log in with just one click via Google One Tap Login.

To use this, you have to be logged in with your Google account, and you'll see a pop-up like this.

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Click on the "Continue Your Name" button, and you'll be logged in to your hashnode. With this update, your onboarding flow will be as seamless as possible.

Tags page upgrade

We updated the design of the tags page and made it faster. All the information is at the center now.

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Cover upgrade for social media sharing

We have updated the default cover photo for social media sharing. This will be used when cover is not provided by the user. It's rich and shows more information like the author's photo and name, tag icons, and blog domain URL.

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Support for Facebook and Intagram embeds

We now support Facebook and Instagram embed on hashnode editor. Use %[Paste link to embed] to embed your posts.

"Must-Read" Articles

We launched a new weekly issue called "Must-read". It highlightes the top articles of the week.

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Authors get a badge when their post is included in the issue of Must Read.

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More accurate read time

We updated our algorithm to provide a more accurate reading time calculation. The average reading speed is updated to 225 wpm (words per minute).

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Performance improvements and Bug fixes

We shipped some UI updates along with miscellaneous performance improvements and bug fixes. Thank you for helping us by providing your valuable feedback and making Hashnode fast, bug-free, and accessible to everyone. We hope you love these new updates to your favorite blogging platform.

You can also support by becoming an Hashnode Ambassador.

16 Apr 2021

New

Series Sorting and Notification Upgrade

Posted by Edidiong Asikpo

Hey there! We're continually adding new features, squashing bugs, and improving Hashnode for you. Here's what we've done in the past week. 👇🏽

Series Sorting

Previously, the newest article in a series was displayed at the bottom in the Series page while it was at the top in the Article's page. Confusing right?

With this new update, you can now sort your series to follow the same order on the Series page and Articles page.

Series Sorting

To do this, go to your Blog's Dashboard and click on the Series tab. Select your preferred sort order and click on Update Series.

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Update to the Notification tab

We updated the Notifications on your feed to reflect a brief section of any comment made on your blog or any reply to your comment on an article. This update will enable you to see what the notification is about before clicking on it.

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If you have any questions or feedback, please send us a message on our Discord Server.

Thank you for using Hashnode. 💛

26 Mar 2021

New

RSS Importer, Ability to Disable Read Time & More

Posted by Edidiong Asikpo

We update Hashnode as often as possible to make it faster and easier for you to publish & read tech articles. Here are a couple of the enhancements we made this week:

RSS Importer

In addition to our Medium, Dev.to, and Bulk markdown importer, we just shipped an RSS importer to Hashnode.

This will be very useful for tech bloggers who intend to migrate their articles from their blogs or WordPress to Hashnode. 😀

Import from RSS

To use the new RSS Importer, go to your blog's dashboard, navigate to Import and click on RSS Importer. In the Import from RSS section, enter your RSS feed URL & the tag containing the post body into the input fields. Then, click on Import.

Ability to disable read time on articles

You asked for the ability to disable the read time on your articles, so we did just that!

If you disable the read time on your Hashnode blog, it will no longer be visible on either your blog's homepage and articles. To disable yours, go to your blog's dashboard and click on Appearance.

Read time

In the Appearance pane, disable your article's read time, and click on the Update button.

Follow button on Team Publications

Have you ever read an interesting article on any Team Publication on Hashnode and wished you could follow them to stay updated on their new articles?

If yes, we've granted your wish. You can now follow your favorite team publications with just one click! 😉

Townhall by Hashnode

Here are some amazing team publications you should follow:

Note: The team's publications feature is currently available in beta. If you need access to it, you can send us a message on our Discord Server.


Love the new updates? Please support us by becoming a Hashnode Ambassador.

19 Mar 2021