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can I have thumbnails on my category pages

  1. http://mkdesignsinc.wordpress.com/ (lose the extra , at the end of the link)

    to avoid self-pings write your link without this part h t t p: / /yourblogname.wordpress.com

    BUT you do need to include the / before and after the name of the post you are linking to, as in /spammers-are-taking-over-the-forums/

  2. And as in /nobody-seems-to-be-around-to-take-care-of-that-since-yesterday/

  3. Alright, just to be clear, the long answer is:

    As of the date that I am writing this message, in January 2009, a user can have a thumbnail in her archives pages on WordPress.com on a free account, if:

    (1) She is using a theme that supports excerpts in archives pages (some themes only support titles in excerpt pages), AND

    (2) She "hand codes" the thumbnail into the post excerpt field when she is editing the post, by including it as an html img src tag.

    While I personally am an html genius with years of experience and could do this with one hand tied behind my back, my sister-in-law who I'm helping with this site has no html knowledge.

    Therefore, in this case, the short answer is "no."

    For what it is worth if there are others who look this up and decide that this issue will tip them over the edge to use wordpress.org's downloaded version of wordpress, rather than wordpress.com: when I create wordpress sites that are NOT on wordpress.com, I use the "Yet Another Photoblog" plugin to achieve this feat, and am very happy with that plugin.

    Thanks for all the thoughtful advice and amusing banter -- I'm a big wordpress fan and its community is one of the attractions.

  4. Eek agh och, under my point #1 it should read:

    ...

    (1) She is using a theme that supports excerpts in archives pages (some themes only support titles in ARCHIVE pages), AND

    ...

    My apologies for the error.

  5. No need for HTML, unless you want the pictures to link to the post. The titles in the archives pages link automatically—image links are not needed. I was only getting fancy about it. With my mistaken links, you can see that I'm no HTML genius!

    What I do is to copy the image I want to put into the excerpt to the top of the visual editor. Edit the copy with the image editor to make thumbnails (they don't have to be thumbnails, by the way). I also select to align right. Update. Then I switch to HTML mode, and cut/copy the code for the image (easy to find right on top of the post!) and paste it into the excerpt. Update or save the post.

    Also note that some themes even show only complete posts.

  6. Thanks, 1tess, for the clarification, that is helpful!

  7. You are most welcome, scormeny.

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