January 14, 2009
If you’d like to create a summary of your post, or entice your readers to go beyond the first paragraph and click through to a post entry the excerpt and “more tag” features are your friends. This video shows you how to use them.
Michael Pick 114
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I never knew about this before. This video definitely helped.
Can’t view the video. There is just a white dot flickering around on a black screen. Is there a text version of these instructions somewhere?
Hi Tracy – see here for WordPress.org or here if you’re a WordPress.com user
I have watched this video and it does not work the way the video shows. When I copy the excerpt in the Excerpt section nothing happens and when I try the more a box comes up and the curser turn into the four arrows and cannot do anything with it. How can I fix this?
miamicomplaints – not all themes support excerpts, but the more tag is universal. The box *sounds* like what it should be doing – creating a separator, but if you have any more problems I’d check out WordPress.com support – they’ll be able to iron out the problem for you (assuming you’re bloggng with .com)
Hi! I’m having the same trouble that miamicomplaints is having. I can’t cut the links where I want to with the more button like the video showed. When I put in the insert more tag, it just doesn’t do anything to the blog I posted. It doesn’t cut the part separated.
Hi jcavandy. If you’re using .com, I’d recommend getting in touch with support, who will be able to help you in a more hands on way. If you’re self-hosting your blog, the WordPress.org forums are usually a good community fueled way to work through issues like this.
An idea I definitely am going to pursue.
Great feature! I think it would be even greater if you could make the More tag work like the Excerpt feature; in other words, when you click More, only the part of the post following the tag appears. Is this possible?
Hey there – sorry to say that that’s not possible. Apologies!
Yes its possible! (sorry Hanni :)
I don’t know exactly what I have to do after click the “Insert More Tag” button.
sweeeeeet…I will implement this new feature on my site :)
Is there any way I can use the exerpt on OTHER pages that I insert or is this just for the Home/front page? Is there anyway I can use the exerpt on other pages?
You can read more about excerpts and how they’re used in WordPress here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Excerpt
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. I searched around for about an hour before I found this simple solution to the problem. All other posts and books! simply said the “more” feature existed without really explaining where in the hell it was located. Godddd, I can’t believe this is not more obvious in WP or WP books.
Thanks~ It helped me a lot! (I’ve been trying to get the “more” last few months w/o looking at the help page and this video. XD) Whee!! thanks a lot!! :D
I’m thinking of putting a front page onto my blog. If I do this, how do I put the excerpts from recent posts onto it? I’m currently using the Digg3 template on WordPress.com.
Pages aren’t really designed to hold posts or excerpts from posts – they are designed to hold content all on their own that should be “evergreen”—it won’t change very often.
This video is helpful. I think I will be able to fix my blog now.
This is great information. I’ve been wondering how it’s done. Thanks. Fabulous support, WordPress!
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