How to Create an Article Using the HubTool

Updated on August 10, 2018

What Is the HubTool?

The first step to creating an article is choosing the title, URL, topic, and starting layout. Once those initial decisions are made, you will be deposited into an online writing interface known as the HubTool.

The HubTool allows you to add and edit text, videos, photos, maps, polls, tables, and other elements to create an excellent article that meets your readers' needs.

We recommend breaking your work into multiple capsules. Each paragraph should be a separate Text Capsule, for example. You can then add other types of capsules (like images) in between. Text and Image Capsules are the most commonly used types, but other types of capsules may be appropriate on occasion. A Poll Capsule, for example, may be useful to gauge the audience's thoughts if you are writing an opinion piece.

Giving Your Article a Title

If you click on the title of your article, you can edit or change it. Note: you cannot change the URL of your article after it has been created. For more information on choosing a title that will help increase your traffic and earnings, visit our guide on the elements of a good title.

Adding a Summary

We strongly advise adding customized summaries to your articles. You can add a summary by clicking inside the summary text box below your title. Readers won't be able to see the summary on the article itself, but the summary is displayed on search engines and shown on feeds, listings, and carousels on HubPages.

Including a good summary is important because it can influence a reader's decision to click on your article from a search engine. The summary should briefly explain what your article is about.

How to Add More Capsules to Your Article

Capsules are the building blocks of your article. They are specific modules that you add, one by one, like lego blocks.

You can add multiple capsules of any type. As you click on each capsule, it will be added to the page, and it will appear in the "Organize Your Content" box.

You can also add capsules directly into the article itself by clicking the blue "Add" button that scrolls with your mouse pointer to the left of your capsules. This feature allows you to add capsules anywhere in your article, including between existing capsules.

Click these buttons to add capsules to your articles.
Click these buttons to add capsules to your articles.

Reorganize Capsules

The "Organize Your Content" box to the right of your article is where you can arrange and reorder capsules if needed. Simply drag and drop the boxes around and they will be rearranged on the article. You can also reorder your capsules using the red arrows at the top of every capsule box.

Drag and drop these modules to reorganize your article.
Drag and drop these modules to reorganize your article.

Turn Ads On or Off

Click on the Ads tab to turn ads on or off. Remember that if you turn ads off, you won't be able to earn advertising income from your article.

Toggle the dropdown to turn ads on or off as desired.
Toggle the dropdown to turn ads on or off as desired.

Creating About the Author Biographies

About the Author Biographies are a great way to showcase your expertise and passion for a subject and build credibility. The tool lets you display a short (60 to 140 characters) biography about yourself on a article or group of articles. You can have up to 25 biographies saved at a time (per account). A bio can appear on as many articles as you want, but each can only have one bio.

We recognize that many authors write on a variety of topics. About the Author allows you to customize your bio to the topic of your article. For example, if you write about Mexican Culture and have articles categorized in the Food, Travel, and Education topics, you can create one bio to display on these articles.

Similarly, if you write about DIY topics, you can have a bio about that. Or, if you write about DIY Jewelry and DIY furniture, you can have two separate DIY bios. This feature is designed to be flexible and you can use in whatever way makes the most sense for you and your articles.

How to Place a Bio on Your Article

There are two ways to place a bio on an article: in the HubTool and in your My Account page.

The HubTool

You will find a bio section in the HubTool just below your title and summary. Click "new" from the dropdown box to create a new bio, or add an existing bio if it is appropriate to the article.

Where to add an About the Author Bio in the HubTool.
Where to add an About the Author Bio in the HubTool.

My Account

If you wish to add a bio to a group of articles all at once or to simply manage your collection of bios, you can do so in My Account > Articles > About the Author.

To create a bio in My Account, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Add Bio button.
  2. Enter your bio in the box at the top. It must be 140 characters or less.
  3. To add articles to your Bio, click on the add buttons next to each title. Use the search box to find specific articles.
  4. Click Save.

You can also manage your existing bios here. Click the edit button to make changes, or the delete button to permanently remove a bio.

Adding an About the Author bio in My Account.
Adding an About the Author bio in My Account.

Writing Effective About the Author Biographies

Effective About the Author Biographies demonstrate expertise and enthusiasm for the subject. A good bio is on topic. If the article is about shoes, the bio should demonstrate why the author is qualified to write about shoes. Here are two examples of successful bios:

"Christy is a shoe enthusiast who owns 47 pairs. She loves keeping up with the latest styles and giving fashion advice."

"Christy has worked as a fashion consultant and knows how to make any outfit or style work. She loves sharing her passion for clothes, shoes, and accessories with readers."

How to Edit Your Capsules

You can edit your content at any time by clicking on the "Edit" button at the top of the capsule. You can also delete capsules by clicking on the white x.

A Text Capsule

How To Use Text Capsules

Text Capsules are where you compose the written portion of your content. You may type directly in the Text Capsule or cut and paste from another text editor.

How To Use the Text Capsule:

  1. Insert a Text Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Text Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the "Edit" button at the top of the capsule.
  3. Enter in a subtitle (optional).
  4. Compose your text. If you have already written the content for this capsule in another application, such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word, simply cut and paste into the capsule.
  5. Edit your writing. The capsule offers several editing options, including the ability to check spelling, adjust formatting, and undo mistakes.
  6. When you are finished editing, click the “Save” button.

Pro Tip: Don't Forget Subtitles!

Subtitles are optional and they aren't appropriate for every single capsule, but adding search-friendly subtitles (that is, capsule subtitles that reflect common terms people would type into search engines) to Text Capsules can go a long way toward making your articles more search-friendly.

We recommend that you make a point of breaking your articles into multiple Text Capsules and giving each one a search-friendly subtitle. Using subtitles also makes your article easier to scan and more reader friendly.

Convenient Text Capsule Features

The Text Capsule may seem like a very simple, straightforward tool, but it is packed with a surprisingly large number of useful features. Make sure you're getting the most out of everything this capsule has to offer!

Some of the Text Capsule's most convenient features:

  • Resizable edit area. After clicking "edit" on a Text Capsule, you can hold your mouse down when it is over the lower right corner of the edit box and drag the corner in order to size the edit window comfortably for your screen.

  • Word count. the number of words in your text will appear at the top of the edit dialog, while you are editing a Text Capsule.
  • Automatic autosave and multiple drafts. The HubTool and Text Capsule have an autosave feature that will save your work periodically. You still need to click the Save button every time you finish working on a capsule, but this feature should help prevent loss of content due to technical issues or unplanned shutdowns.

The Green Dot Indicates an Active Connection

Using Autosave Drafts

As long as you have a connection to the HubPages servers (as indicated by the green dot in the image above), the Text Capsule will automatically save every 2 minutes. The green/red indicator displays the current status of your connectivity to the site. Green indicates an active connection and red indicates that the connection is broken (meaning unsaved changes may be lost).

Here's how to use the autosave feature:

  1. Once your capsule has autosaved, you will see a link that says “recover draft" in the bottom left corner of the capsule.
  2. Every time a new draft is saved, it will list the time and date beside the "recover draft" link.
  3. Click the “recover draft” link.
  4. Choose the which draft you wish to restore from.
  5. When you click on a draft choice, that draft will open under a tab entitled "View selected Draft". You can click the "use" button if you want to use this draft.
  6. Scroll through the preview to check that the draft is the version you would like to use.
  7. Click the “use” button to restore.
  8. If you are unsure which draft is the right one, you can always return to the "Select a draft to view or recover" tab to look at other drafts.
  9. Click the "cancel" button if you do not want to restore from any of the drafts. It will close the window. Don't worry, you can always change your mind and open the "recover draft" options again.

You will see a list of up to 5 drafts.
You will see a list of up to 5 drafts.

Hiding a Capsule

If you want to publish your article as-is, but certain sections are not ready yet, click the “Don’t display this capsule” box. You will be able to see the capsule while in edit mode, but it will not appear in your published piece. When you are ready for the capsule to appear, simply uncheck the box. This option is helpful for authors who want to wait before making certain parts of an article public. It's also helpful for keeping track of outdated information by hiding it after the updated text has been added in a new capsule.

A Photo Capsule

How To Use Photo Capsules

The Photo Capsule allows you to upload photos or images to your article, either from your computer or from a URL on the web.

Here's how it works:

  1. Insert a Photo Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Photo Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Give the capsule a subtitle (optional).
  4. There are three options in the Photo Capsule: Upload, Import, and My Photos.
  5. To upload a picture from your computer, click "Upload" and choose up to 20 images to upload (we support GIF, JPG, and PNG).
  6. To select more than one photo at a time, hold down the ctrl key (or the Apple key on a Mac) while clicking on the files with your mouse.
  7. Once you've selected all the images you'd like to upload, click the "Open" button.
  8. Depending on the size of your photos, it might take a few minutes to upload them all. For each image, you will have the option to add a descriptive caption. We recommend doing so.
  9. If you want to load images from a web URL instead, return to step 3 and choose "Import" button. Enter the URL for the image(s).
  10. Remember, you should only upload or import images you have the legal right to use. If you violate another person's copyright, you may be held legally accountable. You can learn more about what images are legal to use and which ones aren't by visiting our guide to proper image use.
  11. HubPages stores all of your photos for you. If you would like to use a photograph that you have already uploaded in the past, return to step 3 and choose the "My Photos" tab.
  12. Pick the images you'd like to include.

Displaying your images:

When you have uploaded all the images you want for this capsule (don't forget you can use multiple image capsules and each image can be in a separate capsule if you wish), it's time to choose how you want them to look. The default view shows all the images, stacked on top of each other, without a border. Here are some other options you can choose from:

  • If you would like a border, click on the dropdown box and click "with border" to display with a border.
  • You can also have your photographs displayed as a thumbnail from this dropdown menu. If you chose this option, your first photo will appear large size and the rest will appear as small previews that expand when clicked on. This is a good idea if you have a lot of photos in a single capsule.
  • To reorder your photos, simply drag and drop them while in edit mode.
  • Finally, click the "Save" button to save your images.

Photo Recommendations

For best results, follow these tips when adding photos:

  • Only use original photos or photos that you have the rights to display.
  • Never use watermarked or pixellated photos.
  • Try to upload only clear, high-resolution photos.
  • Give each of your photos descriptive captions. Images with descriptions are far more likely to show up in search engine results, which means your article may get more traffic.

A Video Capsule

How to Use the Video Capsule

The Video Capsule allows you to embed online videos directly into your article. The Video Capsule supports videos from YouTube and Vimeo.

To add a Video Capsule to your article:

  1. Insert a Video Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Video Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. Insert the URL or embed code of a video into the video field. The best way to do this is by copying and pasting.
  5. Click the “preview video” button. If the code is copied correctly, a preview of your video should appear below.
  6. Click the "Save" button.

Your video will now be viewable!

How to Start a YouTube Video at a Specific Time

If you would like to start an embedded YouTube video at a specific timestamp, there are two ways to do it.

  1. When viewing the video on YouTube, pause the video at the exact time you would like it to start playing. Navigate to Share, check the box for "Start at" time, and copy the link.
  2. Add "&t=time" at the end of any YouTube URL, where time is in the format hours, minutes, and seconds. For example, to start a video at 1:45, add &t=1m45s.

Please Note: Vimeo does not support embedding videos with a timestamp.

A Map Capsule

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The Map Capsule allows you to embed interactive maps into your articles. With the Map Capsule, you have the option to display a road map, a satellite map, a terrain map, or a hybrid. Each map gives readers the option to view additional walking, biking, or driving directions. Depending on the location, readers may also have the ability to use Google Street View.

The Map Capsule is a great way to help readers find a place they may want to visit. You can create a Map Capsule outlining your favorite hike or bar crawl, help readers locate hard-to-find spots, or show them around your favorite district of a city.

How to Use the Map Capsule

Using the Map Capsule is as easy as using Google Maps. Additionally, you can add extra customized info to help readers.

Follow these steps to add a Map Capsule:

  1. Insert a Map Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Map Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Give the capsule a subtitle (optional).
  3. Select the default map type using the dropdown menu. You can choose between roadmap, satellite, terrain, or hybrid.
  4. Type the address or name of your location in the "Enter an address" text box, then click on the "search" button.
  5. The address should pop up below in bold with hyperlinked text reading "Pin a marker" or "just go to this location". If your address does not appear, verify that it is correct and try again. If multiple locations show up, choose the correct one.
  6. If you simply wish to display the general area of the address, click "just go to this location." If you wish to pin a marker at a specific point, ignore this step and continue to step 7.
  7. If you wish to "Pin a marker", a window will pop up allowing you to name your location and give a short (max 150 characters) description. You can also check and change the address. When you are finished, click "done." You will see a pin appear at the address you have entered and an address bar appear below the map.
  8. To pin an additional location, repeat steps 4, 5, and 7. You may add up to 10 locations per Map Capsule.

Map Capsule Options for Readers

As a reader, there are many things you can do with the Map Capsule:

  • Zoom in and out by using the zoom controls or double clicking on the mouse (to zoom in).
  • Double click on location markers to read their descriptions.
  • Change between map, satellite, and terrain in the upper left corner of the map.
  • Drag the yellow figure in the lower right corner to any location on the map to access Street View.
  • Get directions by clicking on the "get directions" option in the address bar below the map.

A Table Capsule

Type of Employee
HubPages Employees With Glasses
HubPages Employees Without Glasses
Engineers
4
0
Editors
10
16
Moderators
3
3
This table displays the number and type of HubPages employees with and without glasses.

What Is the Table Capsule For?

The Table Capsule allows you to share a great deal of information in a simple and convenient manner. Readers love tables because they can serve as handy reference guides.

Here are some common uses:

  • Technical specs for electronics (weight, speed, memory, etc)
  • Timetables (great for travel articles)
  • Price / feature comparisons (great for product and service reviews)
  • Financial templates (budgets, cost estimates)
  • Schedules (chores, workout schedules, etc)
  • Lists of historical events (events, dates, type, etc)
  • Comparisons of policy (political parties, businesses, etc)

How To Use a Table Capsule

Instructions for using a Table Capsule:

  1. Insert a Table Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Table Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. You can enter information into the table manually or import it from another location. If you wish to upload data from your computer, check the “My Computer” option, click “Choose file,” and select any CSV (comma separated values) file from your computer. If you are uploading a larger file, keep in mind that this may take some time. If your CSV file is located online rather than on your computer, select “The Web” and enter in the URL of your file, then click “load.”
  5. To customize your table’s appearance and functionality, select a style from the dropdown menu.
  6. Determine whether or not you would like to make the table sortable by checking the related checkbox or leaving it blank.
  7. To insert, clear, or delete rows or columns, or to make text bold, utilize the dropdown menus directly above the table, then click "update."
  8. When you are finished editing your table, you may wish to add a descriptive caption (optional but recommended).
  9. Once all of your information is entered, formatted, and captioned, click “Save.”

Creative Uses of the Table Capsule

Check out the gallery below to see how other authors have used the Table Capsule.

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The Table Capsule used to describe drug interactionsThe Table Capsule used to aid troubleshootingThe Table Capsule used to describe properties and compatible ingredientsThe Table Capsule used to provide inspiration for sentences
The Table Capsule used to describe drug interactions
The Table Capsule used to describe drug interactions | Source
The Table Capsule used to aid troubleshooting
The Table Capsule used to aid troubleshooting | Source
The Table Capsule used to describe properties and compatible ingredients
The Table Capsule used to describe properties and compatible ingredients | Source
The Table Capsule used to provide inspiration for sentences
The Table Capsule used to provide inspiration for sentences | Source

An Amazon Capsule

Deluxe Novelty Halloween Costume Party Latex Animal Head Mask - Horse Head Brown
Deluxe Novelty Halloween Costume Party Latex Animal Head Mask - Horse Head Brown

This is the horse mask that has been passed around during multiple HubPages White Elephant parties. It is always good for a laugh!

 

What Are Amazon Capsules For?

Amazon Capsules are a great way to showcase an important product that might be necessary to your readers. For example, if you are writing a recipe article that requires a specialized tool that most readers are unlikely to own, you might consider including a Product Capsule for the brand and model you use at home. Don't forget to explain why you recommend it!

Remember, you can also link to Amazon products directly in the text. Capsules can be a good way to highlight products you really want to stand out (if your article is a review for a specific product, for example). But most of the time, in-text links are recommended over Amazon Capsules. If you aren't certain which to use, go with a link.

How to add a text link to an Amazon product:

  1. Locate the product on Amazon.
  2. Copy the URL of the product to your clipboard.
  3. Return to your article draft in the HubTool.
  4. Highlight the text you would like to link to.
  5. Click the chain link button in text formatting section (it will say "Insert/Edit Link" when you hover over it with your mouse).
  6. Paste the URL of the Amazon product in the URL field.
  7. Click the "Save" button.

How to Use an Amazon Capsule

How to add an Amazon Capsule to your articles:

  1. Insert an Amazon Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Amazon Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. You have the option to enter a URL, an ASIN, or an ISBN for the product you want to add.
  5. You may add your own description of the item by clicking “add description" (optional but recommended). This gives you the chance to explain what you use the product for and why you recommend this specific one.

A Poll Capsule

Have you used a Poll Capsule in any of your articles?

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How to Use a Poll Capsule

The Poll Capsule gives you the opportunity ask questions and receive information from your audience.

How to add a Poll Capsule:

  1. Insert a Poll Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Poll Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the edit button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. Enter your question into the "Question" field.
  5. Add potential answers in the "Answer choices" fields.
  6. To add more answers, click the “Add another answer choice” button and another text bar will appear. You can also remove answers by clicking on the red “X” button. You must add at least two answer options.
  7. When you are finished entering information, click the "Save" button.

Editing Your Poll Capsule: Be Careful!

Proofread your Poll Capsule very carefully before saving. If you change a Poll Capsule after it has been published (even to fix a typo), all previous votes will be lost. It is best to check the “don’t display this capsule” button when saving until you are absolutely sure your poll is ready to be shared with the public.

A Quiz Capsule

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How to Use the Quiz Capsule

The Quiz Capsule enables you to quiz your readers in a variety of formats.

To add a Quiz Capsule to your article:

  1. Insert a Quiz Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Quiz Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Add a subtitle (optional).
  3. Choose which type of quiz you would like to use.

The three types of quizzes:

You will have the option to choose one of the following per Quiz Capsule:

  1. Questions that have exactly one correct answer each.
  2. Questions where different answers are worth different numbers of points.
  3. Questions that lead to multiple possible quiz results.

Quiz Type #1: Questions With Only One Correct Answer

If you wish to utilize the first type of quiz:

  1. Choose "Option 1" and click the "Next Step" button.
  2. Add a question.
  3. Click the “Add Question” button. This will expand a window allowing you add answers. Add as many answers as you wish.
  4. Click the blue circle next to the correct answer.
  5. Click "done".
  6. Continue to add questions and answers until your quiz is finished. You can drag and drop questions to reorder them.
  7. If you wish, you may click “edit” in the Quiz Results bar to create specific, score-based results messages.
  8. When you are finished adding questions and customizing responses, click "Save".

Quiz Type #2: Questions Weighted by Different Numbers of Points

Follow the same steps as Quiz Type #1. Then utilize the dropdown menu by each potential answer to add a number of points and create a weighted score.

Quiz Type #3: Questions With Multiple Results

The third type of quiz has a slightly different format. Here's how to use it:

  1. Start by adding specific results. For example, if this quiz is designed to help people find the best possible pet for their personality and lifestyle, you may enter “Dog” “Cat” “Fish” and “Bird” in the results section. Every time you enter a result, you are given the option to explain the meaning of the result.
  2. Add text explaining the result. Continuing the pet example, someone getting the “Dog” result ought to be told in so many words that, based on the answers they provided, a dog would be the best pet choice.
  3. When you are finished typing in your explanation, click "done".
  4. Once you have entered all of your results and their explanations, it is time to add questions. The subsequent questions and answers you create will be tied in with points you select via dropdown menus. The points are used to calculate the reader's tendency toward a certain result. For example, if someone has severe allergies, you might consider giving negative points toward the "Dog" result since it is a type of pet that often causes allergic reactions.
  5. When you are finished creating your quiz, click "Save".

Readers will be able to take your quiz as many times as they like.

The Recipe Capsules

You have the option to include a variety of recipe-specific capsules in your articles.
You have the option to include a variety of recipe-specific capsules in your articles.

The Recipe and Ratings Capsules

There are 5 types of Recipe Capsules: Cook Time, Ratings, Instructions, Ingredients, and Nutrition. Recipe Capsules come with a few special rules and requirements.

Unique rules for Recipe Capsules:

  1. Recipe Capsules can only be used in recipe articles (with the exception of the Ratings Capsule, which we will go over separately in the next section).
  2. Recipe Capsules may only be used once per article. You can use other types of capsules as many times as you like, but Recipe Capsules have special metadata (extra information that search engines can read) that requires their use to be limited.
  3. Recipe Capsules can only be used when the article contains a single recipe (with the exception of the Ratings Capsule). Articles with multiple recipes will need to add the relevant information via Text and Table Capsules. Recipe capsules can not be used (because of their special formatting mentioned in #2).

Recipe articles are not required to make use of the Recipe Capsules, even if you are writing a recipe. If you don't know the nutrition information for a family recipe, for example, don't fret. You can simply choose not to add the Nutrition Capsule.

We will go over each of the types of Recipe Capsules in greater detail below.

A Ratings Capsule

4 stars for a product, service, place, or recipe

The Ratings Capsule is a special and unique capsule. It allows you to add star ratings to your articles that have the potential to show up in search results. The Ratings Capsule is often used with recipe articles to allow readers to rate your recipe, but it can also be used in reviews of products, services, and places.

Special rules for the Ratings Capsule:

  1. The Ratings Capsule may only be used once per article.
  2. The Ratings Capsule may only be used to review products, services, places, and recipes.
  3. The Ratings Capsule may only be used to rate a single product, service, place, or recipe. If your article reviews multiple products or services, lists multiple places, or includes multiple recipes, the Ratings Capsule can not be used.
  4. The Ratings Capsule may not be used for reviews of more abstract, opinion-based subjects like people, religions, politicians, and public figures. You could not, for example, use the Ratings Capsule to rate Lady Gaga or gnostic philosophy.
  5. When used on a recipe, the Ratings Capsule should be set to Multiple Person Ratings to allow your readers to rate your recipe.

Examples of when to use a Ratings Capsule:

  • You are writing an article reviewing your favorite Nerf gun.
  • You are asking readers to rate your recipe article about how to make your grandmother's Thanksgiving stuffing.
  • You are writing an article reviewing your internet service provider.
  • You are rating a book you are reviewing.

How to use the Ratings Capsule:

  1. Insert a Ratings Capsule into your article by clicking the Ratings Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. Choose what type of Ratings Capsule you wish to use. If your article is a recipe, you will choose "Audience Recipe Rating". If you are reviewing a product, service, or place, you can decide whether you would like to display your own rating or if you would like to crowdsource an audience rating. Choose your preferred option.
  5. Enter the name of the product, service, place, or recipe to be rated.
  6. If you have chosen the "Your Rating" option, click the number of stars you would like to give the product, service, or place (with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst).
  7. Click the "Save" button.

When to Use Single Person Ratings

Single Person Ratings enable readers to see your star rating. Use this option when you want your readers to know what you thought of a product, service, or place.

When to Use Audience Ratings

Audience Ratings allow visitors to give their own star rating to a product, service, or place. This is a great feature to use when you would like to show readers what many people think of the product/service/place you are reviewing, or if you are curious to find out what others thought.

When to Use Audience Recipe Ratings

By adding an Audience Recipe Ratings Capsule to your article, you give readers the chance to share their thoughts on your recipe. If your recipe is rated highly by many users, it may get a little boost in search engines.

A Cook Time Capsule

Prep time: 1 hour 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: 25 servings of 8 oz each.

Using a Cook Time Capsule

The Cook Time Capsule allows you to easily display preparation time, cook time, and the amount of food your recipe will produce. Using this capsule can help your readers know what they are getting into before starting to prepare your recipe.

How to use a Cook Time Capsule:

  1. Insert a Cook Time Capsule into your article by clicking the Cook Time Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add the amount of time it takes to prepare your recipe, add the amount of time your recipe spends cooking (on the stove, in the oven, on the grill, etc), and add the amount of food your recipe makes or the number of people it serves.
  4. You do not need to add the "Ready in" time. The capsule will automatically add the prep time with the cook time to produce the total "Ready in" time.
  5. Click the "Save" button.

An Instructions Capsule

Add the instructions for making your recipe.
Add the instructions for making your recipe.

How to Use the Instructions Capsule

The Instructions Capsule enables you to share the steps of preparing a particular recipe in a simple, streamlined format. Enter the simple step-by-step instructions in an Instructions Capsule. You can go into greater detail and offer more tips and advice in a Text Capsule later.

How to Use an Instructions Capsule:

  1. Insert an Instructions Capsule into your article by clicking the Instructions Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool
  2. Add a subtitle (optional).
  3. Add as many steps as you wish with the "Add another instruction" button.
  4. Click the "Save" button.

Note: an Instructions Capsule will look just like a Text Capsule on your live article, but it contains special formatting that may give your recipe a little boost in search engines. Remember to only use the Instructions Capsule if your article is a recipe.

An Ingredients Capsule

Add the ingredients to make a quick reference for your readers.
Add the ingredients to make a quick reference for your readers.

How to Use the Ingredients Capsule

The Ingredients Capsule makes it easy to share ingredients and measurements in an organized, search-friendly manner. You do not need to fill out every column for each ingredient, but we do recommend including as much information as possible.

If a recipe you are writing includes multiple sets of ingredients, use the third column to add qualifiers that explain which part of the recipe they are for. For example:

  • 1 cup sugar, for the frosting
  • 1/3 cup milk, for the frosting
  • 1 cup flour, for the cake
  • 1 stick butter, for the cake

Note: an Ingredients Capsule will look just like a Text Capsule on your live article, but it contains special formatting that may give your recipe a little boost in search engines. Remember to only use the Ingredients Capsule if your article is a recipe.

A Nutrition Capsule

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 170
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 21 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 5 mg2%
Sodium 250 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

How to Use the Nutrition Capsule

If you know the nutrition information for your recipe, you can input it with the Nutrition Capsule:

  1. Insert a Nutrition Capsule into your article by clicking the Nutrition Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. Fill out the serving size amount and nutritional value for each of the fields. You may leave some of the fields blank or put 0 if your recipe doesn't contain all of the things listed.
  5. Click the "Save" button.

Calculating the Nutritional Value of Your Recipe

Check out the Recipe Calculator available through SparkRecipes. You can calculate the nutritional value of a recipe by totaling the number of calories of its component ingredients. You can also find the calories of various ingredients by going to nutritional site such as Nutrition.gov, Calorie Count, NutritionData, and CalorieKing.

There are also several smart phone apps such as GoMeals, MyFitnessPal, LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker, Calorie Counter by FatSecret, Tap & Track, Calorie Counter Pro, and Absolute Fitness, (many of which are free) that enable you to find the nutritional value of various foods and even create custom dishes that include the total nutritional value of their component ingredients.

When using these sites, we recommend only adding together calories of component ingredients as used in your recipes (e.g. 1 cup of flour + 1 cup of sugar + one cup of butter = all the calories for pound cake). Do not use the nutritional information provided for completed dishes, as they may have different ingredients from the ones used in your recipe.

Adding Links to Articles

Linking can be a great way to cite your sources or give your readers supplemental information.

Here are a few examples of situations where links will benefit your readers:

  • You are stating a scientific fact that you wish to back up with research.
  • You are providing instructions for folding a paper haunted house and you link to a PDF file for printing out the template.
  • You are making a political argument that you wish to back up with poll data or statistics.
  • You are writing a history article and you wish to link to academic articles that explain concepts your readers might not be familiar with.

The HubPages linking standards are very strict. We will not permit:

  • Self-promotional links to your blog, your social media accounts, or your other unrelated articles.
  • Low-quality, spammy, or harmful links. This includes links to doorway pages, links to sites with malware, links to multi-level marketing sites, and links to illegal activities (illegal streaming, gambling, tobacco sales, etc).
  • Links that contain the same information you provide in your article.
  • Links that are off topic or irrelevant.

How to Link

There are two ways to link on HubPages. The first is by adding links to relevant anchor text in your article. This is an example of an in-text link. Clicking on this sentence will take readers to the HubPages homepage. We recommend using this method for linking within the body of your article.

Here is how to add an in-text link:

  1. Copy the URL of the website you would like to link to.
  2. Use your mouse to highlight the text within a Text Capsule that you would like to create a link for.
  3. Click the chain link symbol toward the top of the Text Capsule. When you hover over it with your mouse, it will say "Insert/Edit Link".
  4. Paste your URL into the URL field and click "Add Link".
  5. Click the "Save" button.
  6. Save your Text Capsule, then click the link to be sure it works properly and leads where you intended.

The second way to share links is by using the Link Capsule. The Link Capsule can be a good option for creating a bibliography at the end of your article or to highlight a link you really want to stand out.

How to Use a Link Capsule:

  1. Insert a Link Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Link Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the “Edit” button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. Paste your URL into the URL field and click "Add Link".
  5. A window will appear with the URL. You may now add a custom title and description for the link if you wish (recommended).
  6. Click the “test link” button to make sure your link works. If the link does not work, a “Bad Link” warning will appear. Once your link is working, move to step 7.
  7. Click “done” when you are finished editing. You can always edit this link later. If you wish to delete a link, click the red “x” button.
  8. If you wish to add more links to the same Link Capsule, repeat steps 4-7.

A Code Capsule

<HTML>

<HEAD>

	<TITLE>Here Is a Title</TITLE>

</HEAD>

<BODY BGCOLOR="FFFFFF">

	<HR>

		<a href="https://hubpages.com/">A Link to HubPages.</a>

		<H1>This is a Header</H1>

		<H2>This is a Medium Header</H2>

		<p> This is a new paragraph! Have a nice day!</p>

	<HR>

</BODY>

</HTML>

How to Use a Code Capsule

The Code Capsule displays code as text. It is intended to be used in articles about computer programming.

To use a Code Capsule in your article:

  1. Insert a Code Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Code Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional).
  4. Specify your code type and desired display size using the dropdown menus. The Code Capsule supports a variety of formats, including PHP, HTML, SQL, Ruby, and Python.
  5. If you would not like to include line numbers with the code you share, un-check the "Include line numbers" box.
  6. Paste the code you wish to share into the text box. You may also compose directly in the Code Capsule, but it is not a source code editor or complier, so we don't recommend it. It's best to compose elsewhere and paste your finished code into the capsule.
  7. When you are finished making changes, click the "Save" button.

Keep in mind that you have a limit of 30,000 characters, hence this capsule is intended more for samples than anything larger. Also note that the Code Capsule only displays code as text- it is not meant for real HTML, javascript, Amazon, Adsense, or any other code expected to function on the article.

A Comments Capsule

You can change the settings on your Comments Capsule.
You can change the settings on your Comments Capsule.

The Comments Capsule allows users to share their comments and feedback on a particular article. It is automatically included at the bottom of each article. Clicking the "Edit" button will allow you to view and change your comment settings.

If you do not wish to receive comments on an article, simply check both the "Comments must be approved before they appear" and "Only signed-in users may post comments" options. You can then choose not to check your comments (or to deny them all) and comments will never appear on your live article.

Comments Capsule Options

You have several options for allowing comments on your articles. Here's how to change them:

  1. Click "Edit" on your Comments Capsule.
  2. If you do not want comments to be visible before you approve them, check the first box. This is recommended because it means you can check for spam comments and delete them before your readers see them. However, you can also leave the box unchecked and comments will appear in real time as your readers leave them.
  3. You may also choose to only allow signed-in users to comment on your article by checking the second box. This will disable comments by anonymous users. Only allow fellow HubPages members will be able to leave comments.
  4. When you are finished making changes, click the "Save" button.
  5. You can read and moderate your comments when you are on the live article. You can also moderate comments from your My Account > Comments page.

The Callout Capsule

The Callout Capsule is a great way to highlight important pieces of textual information. It can be used for quick facts, short quotes, song lyrics, and other bits of text that should stand out.

How to Use a Callout Capsule:

  1. Insert a Callout Capsule into your article, either by clicking the Callout Capsule button in the Add Content Capsules section of the HubTool, or by using the scrolling "Add" button that appears to the left of your article.
  2. Click the "Edit" button.
  3. Add a subtitle (optional). Note: subtitles are not displayed for the Quote Type.
  4. Specify your callout type using the dropdown menu. You can choose from three styles: Colorbox, Classic, and Quote.
  5. When you are finished, click the "Save" button.

There is a limit of 500 characters in the body of all Callout Capsules because the capsule is intended for showcasing a relatively short piece of text. You can see the three styles of Callout Capsule demonstrated below:

Colorbox

The Colorbox style will center your text in a box with a grey background color. You can input a title, body, or both.

Classic

The Classic style will align your text to the left between two horizontal black bars. You can input a title, body, or both

The Quote style allows you to draw attention to specific quotes you may want to emphasize. When highlighting quotes made by others, we recommend that you include the original author in the "Quote Author" field. Unlike the Colorbox and Classic styles, the Quote style does not display a subtitle.

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Preview, Save and Publish Your Article

When you are finished composing your article, you have 3 options:

  • Preview: This allows you to see what the article will look like when it is published. (Previewing does NOT save the article). You can see what it will look like on a desktop computer and on mobile devices.
  • Save Unpublished: Saves your article but does not publish it. You should use this button if you are finished for now but not ready to publish.
  • Publish: Will save and publish the article for the world to see.

When you return to an article that you Saved Unpublished, the buttons change a little. This is what they will look like:

  • Preview: Same as above.
  • Publish Now: Will publish the article for the first time.
  • Done Editing: Saves your article but does not publish it.

When you edit a previously published article the buttons change yet again:

  • Preview: Same as above.
  • Unpublish Now: Will unpublish the article so that no one but you can see it.
  • Done Editing: Republishes your article and your readers will see the new content.

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