Jill Ross

New HDS Community Features Now Available

Blog Post created by Jill Ross Employee on Dec 16, 2016

Hello HDS Community Members,


As a follow-up to our HDS Community upgrade last year, we're excited to roll out even more new features today to improve your community experience. Below you'll find a brief overview of the changes we have made. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.



"News" is the new "Home"

To streamline your home page experience, we have eliminated the Home page and replaced it with the News page when you log in. The "Home" link in the navigation bar will now take you to the News page. All of the links that were available on the previous home page will be available in the "Quick Links" section on the right. If you have a News stream or custom stream pinned, you will bypass the banner on the news page and be taken straight to the stream you've selected as your default view.


Current Home PageNew Home Page

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New Content Format

To provide a simplified and mobile-friendly user experience, content has been transitioned to a responsive design format. The following is a breakdown of each content type and how it looks on the new format. The Actions menu, Edit, and Share links have been rolled up into a menu just below the main navigation, and the Like and Comment buttons are now just below the title.




Previous Blog FormatNew Blog Format

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Previous Discussion/Question FormatNew Discussion/Question Format


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Previous Document FormatNew Document Format

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Previous Poll FormatNew Poll Format

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New Place (Group/Space) Format

Over the next several weeks, we will be transitioning most of our Spaces and Groups from the Overview page layout to the new, mobile-friendly Activity page layout. The primary user experience change to note is the placement of the Actions menu. You will no longer see this directly on the landing/overview page; it will be available only in the upper right section of the Place banner.


Actions Menu


Current Actions Menu
New Actions Menu

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Another key difference you'll notice is the responsive design, so you can now get the full HDS Community experience from your mobile device.



New Profile Design

We've made some improvements to user profiles as well and transitioned them to a responsive design format. The updated profiles will:

  • Provide your full bio in the left column
  • Highlight your top contributions and most popular content
  • Provide quicker access to other links within your profile, such as Reputation (badges/points)
  • Allow you to personalize with a banner image


Current Profile
New Profile


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If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please leave a comment below. We welcome your input and appreciate your continued participation.



The HDS Community Team