The New Link Capsule

Just last night, HubPages released a bunch of new features.  I am sure that everyone had already noticed the revised Profile page and the new Photo capsule.  This is the great work of Fawntia Fowler and I will leave it to her to post the details on these new features.

In addition, we have made major revisions to the Link Capsule which I hope will remove much of the frustrations that people have reported.  If you haven’t used it, the Link Capsule is meant to be an easy to way to aggregate a list of related links that you can then position in your hub as you like.   If you look at Maddie Ruud’s very popular “The Truth About Wu-Yi Tea”,  you will see that she uses the link capsule:

Link Capsule Example

Link Capsule Example

To add a Link Capsule to your hub, you start on the “EDIT” page of a hub. Then, in the top, right sidebar that says “Add More Stuff”, you select “links”. You will see a “Link” rectangle in the “Capsule Order” sidebar (below the “Edit Tags” sidebar) . Now, you can move it around as you would any of the other capsules (“Text Capsule”, “Photo Capsule”, “Comments Capsule”).

When you hit “Edit” on this capsule, you will see the new, simplified Link Capsule:

Link Capsule Example: First Use

Link Capsule Example: First Use

Instead of tabs, we now have two check boxes that you can choose from. Either you add URLs directly or you can search for your favorite hub pages.

If you decide to add a URL directly, just add it to the text box and hit ENTER or hit the “Add Link” button. For example, if I add “http://blog.hubpages.com” to the link capsule, the following edit box will open up:

Link Capsule Example: Edit Link

Link Capsule Example: Edit Link

The Title has been automatically loaded. You can now make any changes that you like. If you want to test the link, you can click the “Test Link” button to see the status of the link:

Link Capsule Example: Test Link

Link Capsule Example: Test Link

Now, I enter the Link Description that I want to be included with the link. When you are done editing, you can hit the “done” link.

To add your favorite hubs from Hub Pages, you can select the “Search checkbox”. Then, enter your search term and hit ENTER or click the “Search HubPages” button. You will see a search results box show up. For example, I entered “Link” to get the following:

Link Capsule Example: Search HubPages

Link Capsule Example: Search HubPages

You will see an “Add link” button, the title of the hub, the hub score (in red), and the author. To read a description of the hub, just put the mouse over the text of the title. A tool tip will pop up with the description of the hub. To add the Hub, just click the “Add link” button. In my case, I selected Paul Edmondson’s “How To Run a Link Campaign.” I now get an editable box that opens up.

I can proceed in this way to add as the number of links that I want. I can now Drag and Drop the links in any order I want.

If I decide to remove a link, I just click the red “x”. I can also enter Capsule Subtitle if I want.  When I am done, I hit “save”, and I have the following Link Capsule that will display on my hub:

Link Capsule Example: The Result

Link Capsule Example: The Result

I hope that you enjoy the new link capsule. Please keep your feedback coming!

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