Hub Format

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  1. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years ago

    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.
    Thank you

    1. word55 profile image66
      word55posted 3 years agoin reply to 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.

      1. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
        Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I wondered if one was more preferred by HP but apparently not. Thank you!

        1. Elsie Hagley profile image69
          Elsie Hagleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Jackie for asking that question, now I fully understand the differences also. smile

          1. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
            Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            You are welcome; should have asked long ago!

    2. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
        Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, me too, have wondered so long, in fact I think I asked you once but it was probably in an email with 50 other subjects!

  2. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I think you have answered all my questions Glen; thank you so much!

    2. Venkatachari M profile image32
      Venkatachari Mposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
        Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Venkatachari; pleased it was of interest to you!

  3. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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

    2. Venkatachari M profile image32
      Venkatachari Mposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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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