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A Little Help to Understand the Capsules.

Updated on June 12, 2015

There is a capsule called a "code capsule" which only uses HTML code. Since I am not familiar with HTML code, I could not write any information about this one.

Poll as a bar graph.

Do you understand how to use a poll?

See results

Poll as a pie chart.

Do you see the difference between the 'bar graph' and the 'pie chart'?

See results

Poll capsule:

At the top (beneath the subtitle) is a little square box to check off when you want to end the poll. Below that is a long box into which you place your question. Beneath that are boxes numbered 1 and 2 for your answer choices (such as Yes-No or True-False). Under them is a gray box to be clicked on to add more answers, if you have more than two.

You can also select how your poll is displayed. By clicking on the arrow in the gray box at the bottom it gives you a choice of either selecting either ‘Bar Graph’ or ‘Pie Chart’.

You may want to edit this poll later, but before you do there is an explanation which might make you think twice about.

eBay capsule:

First you have to go to the HP Earnings page and sign up for eBay.

Now I am not signed into eBay but looking at their capsule I see a window with two tabs – ‘Item Selection’ and ‘help’.

Looking at the ‘Item Selection’ there is a box where it seems to place the title of your Hub, this you seem to have the option of changing. The ‘Help’ tab explains this.

Below that is a box titled ‘Seller I.D.’ (which is optional). Under that is a gray box which says, “Preview Ebay Result”. At the bottom is an item from eBay which matches your title.

Amazon capsule:

When you sign up there is a choice out of two choices.

The first one is called Amazon Associates and with that you will be working directly with Amazon and also paid by them.

The second choice is signing up with, working through and being paid by, HubPages. With this choice you will have a chance of getting a higher rate of pay and earning your $50.00 sooner.

After you choose, then you either go to Amazon or the HP Earnings page and sign up for Amazon.

There is a long box where you must place either the Amazon URL or the Amazon ASIN or the Amazon ISBN.

Their meanings are:

  • URL – Uniform Resource Locater
  • ASIN – Amazon Standard Identification Number (used to track items)
  • ISBN – International Standard Book Number (also used to track items)

The Amazon ASIN and the Amazon ISBN numbers are the same but they are different with each item. On the books the ASIN is the same. Since the other two track the items, if I used Amazon I might use the URL - but I am not an Amazon member.

If you do not have the URL, then what do you do? Well if you do not have the URL then look at the bottom. On the right there is a box which says, "Choose keywords". Click that and in the long box type in a word or phrase of something(s). Below the bar on the left is a box which says, "Choose a specific product". Click on this to see what the ad will show.

Sample of a table:

 
Mountain bike
Road bike
Types
Cross country, all day endurance, free ride biking, downhill biking.
Touring, hybrid, utility, Roadster, recumbent.
Use
Sport, recreation
Conveyance, recreation
Design features
Wide knobby tires for good traction and shock absorption, front and rear suspension, up to 30 gear speeds for a variety of terrains.
Lightweight aluminum frame with drop handlebars, high pressure narrow tires to decrease rolling resistance.
Terrain used
Riding on dirt tracks, over rocks, steep passes and not on roads.
Used mainly on paved road environment.
Description
Bike created for off-road cycling.
Bike used primarily on paved roads.
This table compares a Mountain bike and a Road bike so that you can basically see how a table is used. (This is an example of a caption.)

Table capsule:

What is a table?

A table has a header row across the top where you place your ‘title(s)’ for every column that is in your table. Under the header you have rows going across and down each column you place information which matches the title of that column. You continue with this until you have filled out the table.

The table also has thin lines – both vertical and horizontal – which separate each column and row in order to keep the information organized and make it easy to read.

Creating your table

When you create a table capsule and go into the ‘Edit’ window the first line which you see is: “Get table data from:”. You have a choice of:

  • My Computer
  • The Web
  • Current

When you check off “My Computer” you can find a file, or use a specific file, from your own computer. You have to be aware that the ‘File Name’ HAS to end with ‘.csv’ format or else it will not be accepted. Therefore, if you save a certain file to use for this make sure that you save it in that format. These are basically in Excel and Office.

The second choice is to check off “The Web” but you can still only use ‘.csv’ format. You enter the URL and click on ‘Load’. If either the file or the table is too large, then it stops loading and tells you which it is.

The last choice is “Current Table” in which you enter the data, or information, on your own. You select how you want to build the table. That includes how many rows and columns you need – you either add or delete them. You select how you want the writing to look - Bold, Normal, Italicized, Left, Centered, Right.

After you select how you want to enter the information into the table, there is a line which says, “Pick a Style”.

Under this line you can choose the style (and color) of the table. There are four styles to choose from.

  • Default style
  • Plain with blue header
  • Minimalist table
  • Silver and blue

‘Default style’ - is just what it says. It is the style of table with a gray header, white rows and gray dividing lines.

‘Plain blue with header’ – This one has a blue header, white rows and blue dividing lines.

‘Minimalist table’ – Both the header and the rows are white with gray horizontal lines but no vertical lines to divide the columns.

‘Silver and blue’ – This table has a gray header and the rows are alternately blue/silver/blue/silver; depending on the number of rows. It has one gray horizontal line which divides the header from the rows, and a gray vertical line between each column.

Following that is a row of three more boxes.

  1. The first box is to set the size of the table for your amount of data.
  2. The second box is for whether you want your text on the left, in the center or on the right.
  3. In the third box you select either having your text in ‘bold’ or ‘unbold’.

Features of the boxes -

Let us go to box 1:

  • You are able to clear out the data in a single cell, in an entire row across or in an entire column down.
  • If you have too many rows, or too many columns, then you can ‘Delete’ the columns or rows – but only up to a point. It will notify you when you have to stop.
  • There is one more feature which you are able to do with this box. If you have run out of rows, or columns, but have more data to put into the table then you can insert rows, or columns. Usually you want to place them ‘after’ but if you have finished the table and you come up with more data to add you might want insert the row or column ‘before’ or 'after'. Depending where you are putting the data.

Features of box 2:

  • You can set your text in cells on the left, in the center, or on the right – you can choose a certain cell, an entire row or an entire column.

Features of box 3:

  • You can set your text in the title cell, or in any cell, to be in ‘Bold’ or to be ‘Unbold’ – again you can choose a single cell, an entire row or an entire column.

Once you have made a decision as to what you want, then you have to click on the gray box which says ‘Update’ in order for it to show in the saved table. What you see in the table in the ‘Edit’ version is not what you see in the ‘Save’ version. In order to see the exact finished look you will have to continuously go back and forth between Save & Edit.

If you only want to look at your rows & columns which are not visible (depending how many you insert), just scroll left/right or up/down to see them.

When you have finished the table there is a box at the bottom labeled ‘Caption’ for you to type text describing what the table is about.

**By the way, when you edit a table, what it shows in the edit capsule is not what is shown when you hit Save. So if you want see the finished look while you are editing, then go back and forth from Edit and save.

A photo without a border

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Carduelis carduelis, caniceps group female | Source

Same photo as above but with a border

Carduelis carduelis, caniceps group female
Carduelis carduelis, caniceps group female | Source

A set of 'thumbnail' photos (click on your choice)

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Chart of an example of Throughput Accounting structure. Halloween image - Witch with birds. (Besides regular photos, you can also use 'graphic' images.
Chart of an example of Throughput Accounting structure.
Chart of an example of Throughput Accounting structure. | Source
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Halloween image - Witch with birds. (Besides regular photos, you can also use 'graphic' images.
Halloween image - Witch with birds. (Besides regular photos, you can also use 'graphic' images. | Source

Photo capsule:

On the left at the top we will start with a small box where you can choose:

  1. No Border
  2. With Border
  3. Thumbnails

What 1 & 2 mean are that you can either have or not have a frame around your photo. Number 3 shows more than one photo as ‘thumbnail’ size and viewers may view them one at a time as full size in the same location by clicking on the photo of their choice.

Beneath that you have a choice of:

  1. ‘Upload’ – transfer from a computer file, or another computer.
  2. Import - a photo from a source outside of the computer (such as a cell phone, digital camera, other computer).
  3. MyPhotos – these come from your collection of photos on HP. You can select searching from your newest photos first or your oldest photos.

I get my photos from a legal source online and just click on the green button which says, ‘choose photos’. You can copy/paste the URL from the original site to the 'choose photos' button. (I do that by using the mouse right click at the site, left clicking "Copy URL", and going to HP so that I can right click and then left click 'Paste' into the URL box.) You can insert more than one in the same capsule.

[You should also only get photos which are open (or free) for the public to use. You have to be very careful that they are not under copyright, or license. If you are able to contact the owner/photographer they may give you written permission to use it.]

On the right you will see the photo (or photos) appear and there are boxes where you insert the source, caption etc. It is also a good idea to enter a meaningful caption, and of course something goes into the Subtitle.

If you wish to delete a photo then you do the following:

  • Edit the capsule which the photo is in;
  • When the edit capsule opens and you see the photo, there is a white “X” in the upper left corner of the photo in a red box;
  • Click on the “X” and the photo, and information, disappears;
  • If you wish to replace the old photo, delete it and insert the new photo. (If I am replacing the old photo with a new one which has the same info, what I do is insert the second photo and transfer the info before deleting the old photo.)

One more important item is the green arrows you see to the right of the 'Edit' button. There are three arrows - one pointing right, one pointing down, and one pointing up.

When you first install/enter a photo it shows up in a box about the size of a regular capsule. If it is directly above the 'text' capsule which you want it in, you click on the green arrow pointing right. This arrow is for minimizing a capsule and placing it to the right side of the text capsule.

When it is below the text capsule that you want to place it in then you click on the 'up' arrow, (arrow on the far right), until the photo is above the capsule that you want - then you click on the right arrow.

If your photo is, say, two or three higher than where you want, then you must click on the 'down' arrow, (in the center), until the photo is above the capsule where you are placing it. Then can you click on the right arrow.

If you have more than one photo on the right, then you can use the up or down arrows to move them to where you want.

P.S. - You can use the arrows for text, polls, etc. on the right side.


Sample video

Video capsule:

Below the subtitle box are two tabs side-by-side. The box which is open says ‘Video Settings’ and next to that in gray (because it is closed) is ‘Help’.

In the ‘Video Settings’ box is a line which says ‘Video URL or Embed Code’ with a long, empty box under it. Here is what you do:

  • First you go online and find the video that you want to use (which is accepted by HP). Watch the complete length of the video; then you copy** the URL and come back to your Hub.
  • Then you paste the URL into the long box.

Below that is a gray box which says ‘Preview Video’. Click on that and see that the video plays and is the one which you chose.

**When I find a video I right click it and left click on ‘Copy video URL’ – or sometimes I play and pause then I left click ‘Copy video URL at current time’ to avoid the ads at the beginning. When I return to the capsule I point to the box and right click and left click ‘Paste’. The URL appears in the box.

If you click on the ‘help’ tab you will see this - “The Video Capsule allows you to embed Google or YouTube videos into your hub”.

Videos accepted:

Between the URL box and ‘Preview Video’ box is a list of what HP accepts. It lists:

  1. BlipTV
  2. Metacafe
  3. Revver – it seems that Revver shut down a few years ago but I found new one(s) on Google
  4. Vimeo
  5. Yahoo! Videos
  6. YouTube

Link capsule:

When you edit a ‘link’ capsule you will see a line which says, “Add links by: URL or Search”. Before each choice is a small circle, which you click and it fills in with a dot, this selects the choice.

URL

If you choose URL (already showing when you click edit) there is a long box in which you place the URL of the link that you selected online, or from HP (your own Hub or someone else’s). (You can use the copy/paste method explained above in the photo capsule.) Just make sure that you do not choose any links which are non-accepted by HP.

After you paste the URL there is another box at the right end to click that says, “Add Link”. Click on this and a new window appears below showing your URL/link and a button saying “Test Link”. Click on "Test Link" and the gray button changes to ‘Link Title’ showing the title of your link. There is also a small window showing a reading of your link. It also tells you on the right side whether that link is okay or not.

There is also a box asking for a "Link Description". This is similar to a caption box beneath the photos. You describe what the link is about.

Search

If you choose ‘Search’ another box appears with Search before it plus a gray box at the other end which says, “Search HubPages”. First you select whether you want to search your own Hubs or everyone’s. Next you have options:

  1. You can type in a name of a site, hit enter and see if anything shows up.
  2. You can click on the gray button that says, “Search HubPages”.
  3. You can type a word related to the Hub which you are writing and press either ‘Enter’, or ‘Search HubPages’.

Whatever link(s) is/are available appear in a window at the bottom.

First I chose "Search Hubs" to use in the sample. It showed the list and on the left of each Hub was a gray box which said, "Add Link". Click on this - it enters all of the other info on its own - except for "Test Link". You still must do this.

You ask: What is the difference between URL and Search?

If you use ‘Search’ it shows a list of the available Hubs related to what you are searching for. Either just general or related to a word, or words, which you entered in the box.

If you use ‘URL’ it brings up the particular site matching URL code which you have posted. This should be verified to make sure by previewing the video.

Quiz capsule:

  1. Option 1 When you edit the quiz capsule it first asks, “What type of quiz do you want to make?” You have three options to choose from:
  2. Option 2 – Every answer is worth a different numbers of points. *Good for quizzes that measure where someone else falls between two extremes, such as. How liberal are you?
  3. Option 3 – Every answer is worth a different numbers of points. *Good for quizzes that measure where someone else falls between two extremes, such as. How liberal are you

If you choose ‘Option 1’ and click ‘Next’ at the bottom, you will get a window which shows brief instructions that might confuse you. Below them there are two boxes, a green one and a white one. Inside the green box it says, “Quiz Results” and at the end it says ‘Edit’. If you edit this you can write a message in each of the boxes which show the percentages of the scores. There are instructions for how to do this. What this is, is choosing what your readers will score, depending upon the answers that they select.

At the bottom it asks for your ‘Question’. Click ‘Add Question’ and the window enlarges for you to insert answer choices for the readers to choose from. It only shows two choices but you can click on the gray box ‘add new answer choice’ for as many others that you have. I am sure that ‘add new answer’ stops at a certain amount, I have never tried.

If you have another question for the readers in this quiz just type it in the box at the bottom and click ‘Add Question’. Go through this entire process again and if you have more questions you simply add them the same way. I am sure ‘Add Question’ also stops at a certain amount.

When you have finished creating your quiz you click on ‘Done’ at the top of the window which you are in. Then you save it.

You may ask, "Why was there not a text capsule?" Well I did write a separate one on the Text Capsule. The ‘Text’ capsule is more complicated and gets its own.

If you are still seeking information to help you write the Hubs in HubPages, then this one may be for you. It tells you some about how to make a Hub Page.

There is also one with some information on "The Hub Scores & Hubber Scores".

You may ask, "Why was there not a text capsule?" Well I did write one on the Text Capsule.

If you are still seeking information to help you write the Hubs in HubPages, then this one may be for you. It tells you some about how to Make a Hub Page.

There is also one with some information on "The Hub Scores & Hubber Scores".

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent explanation for all the HP capsules. Good work.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Thank you Deb. I was not sure, this is the first comment.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and very useful Kevin.

      Voting up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I am glad that you liked it Eiddwen and I appreciate that you voted it up. Thank you!

      Kevin

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      Anne Harrison 3 years ago from Australia

      Thank you - it explains a lot I've been trying to work out. An article I will definitely come back to, voted up

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Thank you Anne. I am glad that it helped you.:)

      Kevin

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      These kind of hubs are always helpful and I will come back to it again, so Ive bookmarked it. Many thanks

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Well I am glad that I helped and you are welcome.

      Kevin

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This was a good explanation and will come in handy for many folks. Good and thorough.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I thank you very much. That is why I wrote it and I tried to be as thorough as possible.

      Kevin

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Even though I wrote my first hub two years ago, I'm still getting a feel for things. This was very helpful. Thanks. Would be good for some of the newer people from Squidoo.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I am glad that it was helpful to you Jim. When you say that you are still getting a feel for things, is it because you came here from Squidoo?

      I have another one on the text capsule alone because it seemed more complicated than the others.

      Thank you for reading and I am happy that I could help you.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for this useful hub, but I already do know how to upload a video to my hubs, as all of my hubs have one or more video. The question that I asked is how to upload a personal video I have made to YouTube, so that I then may upload it to one of my hubs on HubPages. I know how to get a video on my hubs, I just do not know how to upload my personal video to YouTube.

      Thanks so much.

      Blessings

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Faith,

      I am sorry, I will have to read your question again. The Learning Center should have helped some, but below are links to sites for instructions to upload a private video to YouTube.

      Here are two links for uploading to YouTube:

      http://www.wikihow.com/Upload-a-Video-to-YouTube

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poGiVTXuqS8

      This third link is a video if you want to keep your video private form the public viewing:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poGiVTXuqS8

      I hope these help.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Kevin. Yes, I am wanting to upload a personal video to YouTube in hopes of sharing it on HP in a hub to be published in the future. I have never done so, and so I am clueless about such. However, I certainly do know how to upload videos to my hubs otherwise.

      It is a new idea I have come up with, which I hope will be fun and different. I am to the point that I do not want to just publish something for the sake of publishing, but want it to be creative and fun.

      Hugs

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I apologize, I must have misread your question.

      Kevin

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very thorough explanation and useful for me as a newbie here. Thanks.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you aesta for reading this and I am grateful for your compliment. :-) You are welcome for the information.

      I hope that it gives you good guidance, and if you have any future questions just ask.

      Have a nice weekend.

      Kevin

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kevin, this is helpful. I am trying to use more capsules, but get stuck in a rut so often! I mostly use pictures, polls, text (of course) and sometimes videos and maps when I can or when they apply. I like to use the border around photos, if I am not using thumbnails, I think it looks nicer, or more of a framed look.

      The one thing I have never used but ought to, is the quiz capsule! I know you have, if I am not mistaken. I ought to try to incorporate more, and also branch out into other templates as well. I tend to repeat. Thanks for sharing! Vote up, useful, etc.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you very much Paula, I appreciate your comments and vote. You are welcome for the sharing. :-) It sounded as though you already had it all basically covered pretty well. The only one that you mentioned which sounded like you needed help with was the quiz capsule. I wish you good luck with that.

      I hope that your 2015 is going well so far.

      Kevin

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      Addy 2 years ago

      That's more than seeisbln! That's a great post!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i seldom use table and quiz poll, because I had not much knowledge on that

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Did you not say the same thing the other day Peachy? If I am getting my wires crossed then I thank you for reading this.

      With all of the problems going on recently I am prepared for anything.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Addy,

      Thank you for reading.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i always use border for my photos, no border seem like naked photos

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I thought so too Peachy. Unless I am using thumbnails I always use a border - except perhaps when I use a larger photo but not always. Thank you for reading this. :-)

      Kevin

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      Catherine Giordano 23 months ago from Orlando Florida

      This is great help for beginners. You did a very complete job with this and explained things very clearly. Voted up ++

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      Thank you Catherine. When I wrote it I wrote it mainly for beginners and anyone else who could use it. Thank you for stopping by and for the votes up. :-)

      Have a nice day.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

      Kevin, I don't know how I missed this one. I will recommend this to any newbie, it would be of great help.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      Thank you for stopping by Shyron. I greatly appreciate your comment a lot. Their views would be much welcomed.

      You have a nice Sunday. :-)

      Kevin

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