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We have these two choices when forming a hub; Topic Article Template or Basic Article and I wonder if one is better than the other or preferable to use for any reason and if so what are those reasons? I would be very interested in finding out all I can about this.
Hi Jackie, I have used both. The template one has suggestive ideas to follow along as you write on a subject that has a variety of ideas and information to it as well as recipes. The basic one is for poetry, music, art, bios and more simpler articles in my opinion. I don't think one is better but the hub tutorial seems to think that a stellar hub is written by using the Topic Article Template. I hope that helps.
I wondered if one was more preferred by HP but apparently not. Thank you!
Great question, Jackie! I have always wondered about this myself, but I assumed that the template one was for beginners who did not know exactly what to place in capsules, and so that is what I get for assuming LOL.
So glad you asked.
Jackie, The Topic Article Template starts you off with a set of capsules that may be more useful for creating a hub based on the topic you chose. But what's more important is that these capsules contain helpful guidelines to give you ideas of what you need to do in order to have a stellar hub.
The Basic Article Template is completely empty and you need to add all the capsules yourself. This is used by Hubbers who know very well what they are doing.
When I create a new hub, I already have all the text and images, as well as the chosen topic, chosen group, and summary text, ready to go since I do all my creative work off-line. So I usually just select the Basic Article Template since I know what capsules I want to include.
But even though I've been writing on HubPages for five years now, I still select the Topic Article Template once in a while just to see if I learn anything new. Even if not, I find it gives me reminders about important tips. So it's worthwhile giving it a try even if you are an expert Hubber. You can always remove the unnecessary capsules from the pre-filled template, or add more of what you need.
I think you have answered all my questions Glen; thank you so much!
Thank you Glen for your detailed reply and Jackie, for your question. Most of our hubbers must have got all their doubts cleared by reading this thread.
And, Jackie, I appreciate you for asking all these questions time and again which come to be very useful and informative. Thanks for all this.
I rarely use the topic templates; I just go on my own with the basic article, and add what I need as I go along.
The templates are full of pre-filled capsules containing suggestions, and I always hit the 'clear template content' button anyway, so in the end, there's no difference. They also include capsules that I don't normally use, or can't see how they fit the topic.
I have tried them a few times but think I prefer the basic too and they sure didn't help my hub score at all! lol
But, we can always remove extra capsules, Dzy. I feed matter in the required capsules and keep removing the hindering capsules when I work or drag them to bottom so that I may need them later. You can rearrange or delete them after finishing your hub. So, I always use the topic template always.
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