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How to use Thesis Multimedia Box in Thesis 2.*

by Katinka Hesselink on March 19, 2015

I have been using Thesis to design my sites for years now. I love the flexibility of Thesis 2, and have now compared it to Genesis as well – and Genesis just doesn’t do what I want it to.

However, there is one thing in Thesis 1 that I wasn’t able to replicate on my newer Thesis installs: the multimedia box. I have used it, on several sites, to show affiliate code in the sidebar. In the new Thesis this option is hidden.

So here is how to get that affiliate code there, customized per post.

First: make sure to show ‘custom fields’ in your WordPress (post) edit screen. Go to screen-options and then click ‘custom fields':screen-options-wp custom-fields-options

Now in your post edit screen, somewhere at the bottom, you will have an option to add custom fields. It will show a dropdown with available custom fields: that is, custom fields that plugins or theme have already created for you. In the case of Thesis there are several. (#) You will need:

  •  thesis_custom_code – this is your Thesis multimedia box.

That’s great: you now have the place where you can add custom code to individual WordPress posts. However, it won’t show up yet. The easiest way I have found to add that code to your theme is through widgets, specifically, the Advanced Custom Field Widget plugin by Athena of Delphi (yes, a woman coder :))

What do you do next?

  • Install the plugin (duh)
  • Go to appearance > widgets
  • Add the ‘Adv. Custom Field’ widget where you want your field to show up in your theme.
  • Put the name of your field in the settings for the widget. In our case that name is: ‘thesis_custom_code’ (without the quotes). You need to be precise. One letter wrong, and nothing will happen. (*) That is: your field still won’t show up on the published site. It will remain in the WordPress database though.


NB: this is a widget with a LOT of options. All you need however is the first field in the widget: where I put in the thesis_custom_code field name in red for clarity (it will of course show up in black on your own site). That’s all. Scroll down to the bottom of the widget settings to the blue save button and click it.

That’s it. Now previously created content for the thesis multimedia box will show up in your theme where you want it to go. In addition, you can add new content or change the content in the multimedia box through the custom field.


(#) You will see that the Thesis post image is also available here.

(*) WordPress allows for creating your own fields. You will still have to make sure that the name you use in the widget is the same one you use when creating a field through the WordPress post interface. I won’t show how to do that here.


How to move a hub?

by Katinka Hesselink on December 5, 2014

Someone asked:

So question for you all, when you move your hubs, where do you move them to and do you need to ask for the hub to be unpublished? I’m so confused, I have just let my sqhbs sit there……..

Since this seems a common question these days – or at least each of the subquestions is common – I will attempt an answer.

0) (implicit) Which hubs should you move?

Hubs that are unfeatured will not be found by Google. This means they’re dead in the water. If you think they’re high quality, move them. This is the main reason to move hubs.


Featured‘ means Hubpages is showing your hub to search engines.

Unfeatured‘ means Hubpages is hiding your hub from search engines.

Unfeatured for engagement‘ means that Hubpages has determined that your hub is decent quality, but it’s not performing well enough. This may be fixed by getting traffic, sales, people commenting in the guestbook or adding a poll. Personally I don’t bother. If Hubpages unfeatures a hub, it will simply get moved at some point. Unless of course I think it isn’t good enough.

Unfeatured for quality‘ means that Hubpages has determined that your hub is low quality. Remember: you don’t have to agree. Hubpages uses both automated and manual criteria. In other words: chances are no human saw your hub when it was decided it was low quality.

Another reason to move hubs is very simple: if you have a site that ranks in Google, any hubs within that niche can be moved there. For featured hubs that get traffic, I would probably wait till after Christmas. However, after that they are safer on your own site than on Hubpages. After all: you know what you’re doing with your own site and if Google agrees that your site has merit, there is really no reason to keep content in that niche on any site but your own.

Personally I am moving all my spiritual content, all content that I think is at all interesting and all content that I think will do better elsewhere. However, the place to start (and I’m still working on this part) is hubs that aren’t featured.

1) Where to you move your hubs?

I move most of my content to my own niche sites. In some cases it’s easy: the site gets good Google traffic and the new content will probably rank there.

It gets more tricky when you have niche sites that don’t rank – the new content may help Google to reevaluate that site. That is: more quality content will make Google take the site more seriously, which will in turn help all content on that site rank.

If you don’t have a niche site to move your content to, there are several options:

  1. Leave it where it is. This is only reasonable if you don’t think the content is very good, or if it’s featured on Hubpages and doing as well as you think it likely to.
  2. Move to a new personal blog. Even blogger might do. Create a niche site, or even just a general purpose blog. Blogger will not unfeature your content – though Google may still not be interested.
  3. Move to another article site. The pickings are getting slim, but Wizzley is still up and running. I notice that most of my high traffic articles on wizzley get more traffic from Bing and Yahoo, not Google. But hey – they’re featured and they’re getting traffic. That is still a lot better than hidden from search engines.

2) How do you move your hubs

Now we come to the nitty gritty. And yes, this is a several step process.

a) Make sure the content is really no longer visible in search engines AND not indexed in Google.

1) Find the url of the published hub. Save it in a text-file or something.

2) Then click on the ‘unpublish now’ button in the edit-screen for that hub.
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3) Go to Google Webmaster tools Removals. Copy paste the URL of the original hub there and follow instructions.

Voila: the hub is no longer visible to search engines AND you’re sure that Google will de-index it within the next 24 hours.

Note that step 2 is unnecessary if the hub is already unfeatured.

b) Move them somewhere appropriate


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