Most WordPress Themes are set up to display the full post on the front page rather than the excerpt. If you display a number of articles on the front page, such as the 10 that are in the default WordPress settings, this can make for a very long front page.
I like to use the More tag to display the first paragraph or so and then have a link that says Continue or Keep Reading. And what is nice about using the More tag is that you don’t have to edit any templates – it is right on the toolbar in both the html and visual editors.
The index page of a WordPress template, index.php, displays the article posts with
<?php the_content('continue'); ?>
or<?php the_excerpt(); ?>
I find it is usually the first.
Whatever comes in the ‘continue’ part is what the link will say when you use the More tag. Some say Keep Reading or Read More of this Article. But it can say anything you want, such as “Read On, If You Dare Sucker!”.
In the html editor there is a simple button that says more.
In the visual editor is a little icon that looks like a ripped piece of paper that says “Insert More Tag” when you hover over it.
Wherever you place this tag in your post is where the break on the front page will be. This gives you control over how the article appears and keeps you from having full posts on the front page.
The more link contains a CSS class so you can do all sorts of nifty things when styling it, like using an image. But this will have to wait for another post.
Do you use the More tag? Why or why not?
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