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New

Medium Importer, Notification for RFA, bug fixes, and more

Posted by Anand Vaidyanathan

We are back with a new changelog for this week, and we have shipped a bunch of things that have been on our list. Brace yourselves, our developers are on a streak and you are going to start seeing more updates rolling out soon, and keep watching this space to see what we have shipped.

Enhancements

Notification to the requester for RFAs

A lot of you asked notifying the requester when someone attaches an article in response to the RFA. Now just sit back and relax once you have submitted your RFAs. We will let you know when there is an article against your RFA.

If you are wondering what RFA means? You definitely must give it a shot - https://hashnode.com/rfa. This is one of our most loved features 💗

Import to Drafts - Medium Importer

We just unleashed a powerful medium importer that helps your migration from medium to Hashnode. It's so smooth that you may end up calling your developer friends who are still on medium and will do a BIG favor for them 🍻

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We will bring a similar buttery experience to other importers, soon! 🙌

Bugs

Moderators were unable to remove a post from the tags

Our tag moderators were unable to remove posts that were not relevant for the tag. We have fixed it now, and we are brewing more around making moderators more prominent in Hashnode. Watch out for this space for more updates ✨

Fix publish date bg for dark mode

The publish date wasn't visible in the dark mode, and we have fixed the bug.

Duplicate posts in the feed

We noticed sometimes there is duplicate posts on the feed, and we took a stab at this sneaky bug because it was so tricky that our dev had to cast a magic spell to reproduce and fix it. Yay! One more bug smashed 🐞

Number of posts missing on sponsor page

Fixed the number of posts missing on the sponsor page bug

uniqueReactions property in GraphQL API

We can now find out the unique reactions for posts using the uniqueReactions property

Unicode char support while importing blog from Medium

We had some issues on importing posts from Medium, because of unicode char support. This has been resolved now.

Along with all of these, we also fixed few other minor bugs that have been smashed by our awesome development team!💪

03 Aug 2021

New

Optimized search, <Center> for text and images, minor improvements and bug fixes

Posted by Anand Vaidyanathan

Here are some of the minor improvements yet amazing delights the dev team has already shipped. The team has been keeping the heads down to work on a monstrous upgrade to the blogs, which are in progress and some of you have already witnessed. Keep watching it, while we announce it BIG in the community soon.

Side bar

We have added more in the sidebar, which now has

  • Request for Article pages.
  • About Hashnode.
  • Career pages with updated job openings.
  • Official blog (Townhall).

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Minor Improvement and Bug fixes

  • Cover page will be automatically generated if there is no cover page uploaded.
  • Support center tag with text and images. Screen Recording 2021-07-13 at 6.20.54 PM.gif
  • Optimized search results - We are now showing the articles first in the response to searches made by the user
  • Alignment fix for the profile card in followers Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 6.29.39 PM.png
  • Onboarding fixes.
  • Revamped the importer page.

13 Jul 2021

New

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

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 Instagram 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