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Can my home page show summaries of each post instead of full posts?

  1. kamertunesblog
    Member

    How do I change my home page to include summaries of each post instead of full posts? Right now my home page shows my most recent post in its entirety, followed by the preceding post in its entirety, and so on. I've seen WordPress blogs that include a paragraph of each post, and readers can click on them to read the full posts. Optimally, I'd like my home page to show the most recent post in its entirety followed by summaries of prior posts. I've tried adjusting some settings but so far I've been unable to make this change. Please let me know if it's possible and, if so, how it's done? Thank you.
    Rich Kamerman
    Blog url: http://kamertunesblog.wordpress.com/

  2. hello there
    See > Splitting content > the more tag > http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

  3. kamertunesblog
    Member

    Timethief...I forgot to thank you last week for your quick reply. It was very helpful, and I will be using that feature on my blog soon. It's a little disappointing that I need to add the "more tag" to each post instead of making a sweeping change across all posts, but I've only got about 65 posts to update so it shouldn't take a lot of time. I appreciate your input.

  4. Well, some themes do it automatically. You can use the theme filter to find out which ones.

  5. kamertunesblog
    Member

    Thanks, Raincoaster. I've been using the same theme since I started my blog in March 2011, so I hadn't thought about updating that. Next week I was already planning on taking some time to update my existing posts with music & video files, so I will also look into changing my theme at the same time. Your help is much appreciated.

  6. @kamertunesblog
    You're welcome. Two themes that are designed to provide excerpts on the front page are Inuit Types and Fresh and Clean.

  7. Timethief, I want to do the opposite of what kamer does.

    http://theadventurebuffet.com

    But I only want to do it for ONE particular post (Cambodia).

    Any suggestions?

  8. The Fresh and Clean theme is designed to display excerpts only on the front page and there is a workaround you can use to override that. The theme has an active excerpt box below the editor. You compose your whole post first but before you publish it you switch to the HTML editor, copy the code, paste it into the Excerpt box, and then publish the post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/excerpts/#creating-excerpts

  9. @kamertunesblog There is once caveat when splitting the content using the Add More tag: it can slow down your main page loading times and you have to consider those that are on slower internet connection - and there is still a large percentage that are! Secondly, search engines consider page loading times when calculating a site's search engine ranking and slow loading pages can cause your site to appear much further down in search results.

  10. *one caveat

  11. Thanks Timethief. Photos/captions didn't copy quite cleanly, but thanks for the quick response. It did what you said it would.

    Will keep trying.

  12. @aimeef101
    You're welcome. :)

  13. Mine should be quite an easy question then. I simply want all summaries, however, its checked and doesn't happen, at all. Is it theme dependent as well? I have a basic 2011 theme

  14. @gabrielstjohn
    There is once caveat when splitting the content using the Add More tag: it can slow down your main page loading times and you have to consider those that are on slower internet connection - and there is still a large percentage that are!

    That's wrong. Inserting "the more tag" reduces page loading time. See> http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2009/06/13/blogging-strategies-for-reducing-page-loading-time/

  15. @empathologicalism

    I simply want all summaries, however, its checked and doesn't happen, at all. Is it theme dependent as well? I have a basic 2011 theme

    What's "checked"? The setting on this page > Settings > Reading is for display ing either the full text or a summary in the RSS feed for posts only. To truncate the display of every post on the front page of the blog you must insert the more tag into every post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

  16. Related:
    en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/blog-loading-veeerrryyy-slowly?replies=2

  17. Sorry, the General Settings/Reading option of full post or summaries is checked. I'm not trying to do anything different on front page, just get a global setting for summaries only. So, same fix, insert more tag?

  18. I got it sorted, thanks

  19. @empathologicalism
    Hooray! Now you've got it. There is no global setting to create truncated post entries on the front page of our blogs. The Twenty Eleven theme is not designed to display only post excerpts like Fresh and Clean and Inuit Types are so you do need to insert the more tag into your posts.
    Best wishes with your blog.

  20. @timethief. Duly noted.This is good to know. Thank you! I guess even the best of forum contributers get it wrong from time to time:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-do-i-show-my-last-20-posts-on-my-homepage?replies=3

  21. Yes, even the best of forum contributors can get it wrong from time to time, but that's not the case in the thread you linked to: thesacredpath's reply refers to displaying 20 full posts.

  22. @justpi. Got it. Thanks!

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