We have some exciting news, Hubbers! As of today, the Callout Capsule will be available in the HubTool for everyone. We initially enabled a limited version of the capsule to help keep imported Lenses from Squidoo as intact as possible, but we have also been listening to the numerous requests to roll it out sitewide. This capsule can be a great visual enhancement to Hubs, allowing you to highlight important pieces of information in an attractive way.
New Callout Capsules can only be placed full width, and while viewing the capsule in edit mode, you can choose from three different styles:
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
Quote 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 input the text of the quote along with the name of the person who said it. You can also highlight a quote from your own Hub, similar to a newspaper pull-quote. Unlike the Colorbox and Classic styles, the Quote style does not display a title.
Marina, this really is exciting news! When used judiciously, callouts are a wonderful formatting option to draw the visitor's attention to the most important information, especially since online behavior tends toward scanning articles, particularly long ones.
One question: Would the team consider adding the option to link the image to the online source where we found the quote, if available (and desired)? Attributing the quote to its author and attributing it to its online source obviously are two different types of giving credit where it is due.
Also, spoken quotes are often published in multiple places with slight variations, and in instances where we can't determine which version is accurate linking to the source of the quote as well as attributing it to the original speaker would provide a source reference.
Margaret - that quotes would have attributable online sources is an interesting point and not something we considered when designing the capsule! We did, however, consider allowing links as part of the Callout Capsule but ultimately decided against it because we didn't want to provide more avenues for spammers to skirt our linking rules. It's a double-edged sword. I think we'll wait and see how the community ends up using the Callout Capsule on HubPages before adding features and/or changing how it works. That being said, I appreciate that you brought this idea to light and will bring it up for discussion with the rest of the team!
Thank you very much, Marina. I wasn't aware of the issue of misuse of HubPages' link fields, but that certainly makes perfect sense, as does waiting to see how and how much the Callout Capsule is used before adding features or changing their functionality. I'd also like to express once again my appreciation for the HubPages Team's extraordinary responsiveness..
Hi Marina, I'm replying to your post directly, because I'm not sure if it increases the likelihood that you'll notice the post.
I just tried the callout capsule for the first time in a new hub I'm creating. I chose classic mode because of the three it's IMO the most eye appealing, and because the quote option doesn't allow for a subtitle.
However when I view the page, the callout text is much smaller and harder to read than the rest of the page.
As I used the callout capsule for what is essentially the central point of my entire hub, I was hoping there would be a way to at least bold the text.
If I must, I'll take it out of the callout capsule and put it in a normal text capsule, but I hope you folks will consider allowing us to change font size or at least to bold these.
Great. I just had an oppo to take a look-see and it's marvelous. Thanks. Any chance a few more of the Squidoo options? I am partial to the image gallery one could add to lenses as well as the video carousel. The suggested or recommended hubs module was great too. I could include links to other hubs which would appear as a list to the right of the lens. I'd use one to list my content related to the lens in question and one to spotlight the hubs of other lens-masters. I realize there's something similar here, but there doesn't seem to be control over which of the hubs is listed and it appears in the body of the hub rather than at the right side.
If you use more than 5 photos, HubPages automatically creates a gallery.
We used to have a RSS feed capsule which we could use to list related Hubs easily. It was removed because it was being misused (mainly to promote one's other Hubs regardless of relevance). Due to that history of misuse, I doubt HubPages would reintroduce it. Especially as related Hubs are already shown automatically under the Hub (interestingly, they used to be on the right side too).
Thank you for the new call out capsule and for providing the link here on how to use it. Good work! Now that I've tried it out in a Hub I'm wanting the quote capsule to have the option of floating to the the right (half width) so the text capsule can wrap around it. Any way you can do that?
Thanks for making this available for all Hubs. I only used it once when it was a lens, but it fit perfectly with what I was try to accomplish. I do wish that the light blue option was available also so it coordinated with my backgrounds for right sided information.
Any chance we can get the Colorbox option to actually have options like it used to do?
Like just variations where you could pick white or grey text on a black ground. I do not want the Lollipop School of Design to make a comeback, but having different choices could be very useful without getting lurid.
We went with one color scheme because we think having a consistent design across Hubs makes for a better reading experience. You bring up a good point though. There may be a way to provide more color options without compromising that, particularly if we stick with white/black/grey options. Thanks for the feedback!
I hope that HP stays with either one or the above white/black/grey color scheme. Adding more colors will change the sleek, polished style that HP currently has. An author can always add more color to their pages with photographs and videos, or on their own website/blog.
+1. While I'm not looking for the wide variety of colors we had on Squidoo, perhaps a choice between the colors already offered in the small capsule backgrounds? I've been using the blue background for all my recipe hubs, and it would be great if my callouts could match.
I think some other colors would be nice. What about the light blue we can use in polls? Perhaps also light green for a more natural vibe. Those are fairly sensible and neutral choices. Is Hubpages really looking for uniformity across the whole site? I'd rather each author was given the freedom to personalize their hubs, develop their own style, and create a body of work that bears their distinctive mark. Anyway, grey just seems so dull..... no offense to the Hubpages logo designers
Just a tip in case anyone hasn't noticed this, but if you ONLY put a title in the Callout capsule (at least the colorbox style, because I'm not sure about the other two options), it won't show up on the hub. I THOUGHT it did, because it seemed to show up in edit mode, but I just noticed today that it had disappeared. It was still there if I opened the capsule, but it wasn't showing up in edit mode or when viewing the hub.
I often used the Callout module on Squidoo to set off different sections of a lens with a title -- a heading. I wanted to use it for the same purpose here as hubs (among others), but it apparently only works if you put the text in the body of the capsule. You can leave the capsule title blank, though.
Oh, okay, great! I do think it looks nicer (when using the capsule for the purpose I was describing) when the text is in the title field, because it's larger and bold. So it would be great if I could move the text back up there.
I'm happy to add more information to the Callout Capsule tool tip (which contains much of the same information that's in my forum post). What additional information about the Callout Capsule would be helpful?
We do plan to update the Learning Center with more information about best practices, etc. Perhaps this is what you mean. If so, I will let you know when it's been updated.
Hi Marina, the original call out on Squidoo was actually called the "black box" because, yep, you guessed it, it was a black box with white writing. That would fit the Hubpages theme and be an alternative color scheme that would stand out. Just a suggestion.
Can you explain what parts of Marina's original post you don't understand or what further information you want to know about it, that isn't listed there? That would probably help her a lot to add more information.
Speak for yourself. Marina did a perfect job explaining what it is and how to use it. If some people are completely bewildered (which I doubt), they can always edit one of their hubs, insert the callout, play around with it, and decide whether they want to use it or not. Trying it out is the best way to learn how to use it.
While I appreciate the idea of 'play with it to figure it out' when using a new tool, if I don't understand the purpose of the tool in the first place, I'm not terribly motivated to spend my time doing that. I was not part of the Squidoo community, and I'm now a contracted freelance writer, so my online time in general will be more limited. Can someone provide an example of how this new capsule works? Thanks!
lafleurdeplume you can use it for many things, quotes, FYI, anything that you want to draw attention to in your article. It works well in separating specific items or subtopics. If you would like to see an example you can look at a craft article where it is used for several of these things I mentioned. (Hope this is allowed for example purposes.)
lafleurdeplume, as Marina mentioned, the team has added an explanation of what the three Callout Capsule options are and how to use them to the Learning Center, and it also includes visual examples of all three callout formatting options so you can see what each of them will look like. Here's the direct link to that section of the Learning Center. HTH!
@Lionrhod, as I posted earlier in this thread, the Learning Center has been updated with an explanation and a visual example of each of the three callout options. I think that will give you what you're looking for. http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/usin … d_36672947
Linda Smith, Squidoo DID have some good things during its time. Not everything was bad, just the last year or so was really the pits. But there were some good parts of their page layout. I'm a Hubber now, but I don't find it necessary to badmouth Squidoo to show it. Just sayin'................and I hope you don't take offense, but there WERE good things there.
As long as the capsule fits into the style of HP. I have no desire to see endless variations of squidooo modules transformed into capsules.
Someone or other mentioned 'rainbow'. Just before the sale to HP, squidooo had some CSS layouts in different colours (Autumn theme in brown and gold, Valentine theme in reds) etc and the callout matched the theme.
I hope the HP callouts will remain in HP shades. Touch wood
That is wonderful news! I seem to recall that the original version was only one color; black background with white font. Gray is good and neutral in color. It would be nice to have other color choices as well. Will patiently await the next modification. Thank you for adding that callout capsule!