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Displaying full text of posts. Not working?

  1. casualcostuming
    Member

    I want my most recent post (or all posts) to display the complete text of the post. I've checked the option to display full text for all posts, and I've looked through the text version of my post for anything (like the More Tag) that would cause it to collapse. I can't figure out why my first (and only) post collapses down with a "read more" or "continue reading" sort of button.

    I'm using Google Chrome - one of the recommended browsers. And I've cleared my cache and cookies since the problem started.

    What am I missing?

    Thanks for your help,

    Emily
    Blog url: http://casualcostuming.wordpress.com/

  2. That's the way the theme is designed. See here:
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/grisaille/
    You can partly override things if you switch the post editor to Text (=code), copy all, paste into the Excerpt box of the editor. This will work for text and images, but it won't work for objects inserted via shortcodes (videos, audio players, galleries, slideshows etc), so if displaying full posts (no matter what their content) is important to you, you need a different theme.

    By the way:
    "I've checked the option to display full text for all posts".
    There's no such option. If you're referring to the option in Settings > reading, it refers to your feed, not your actual blog page.

  3. There's a pervasive belief that all themes are coded to display full posts on the front page and there's something wrong with the theme when this isn't the case. Please wipe that idea out of your mind - times they are a changing. The newer themes are not neccesarily designed the same way.

    You chose Grisaille and the theme is performing exactly the way it is designed to behave. In Grisaille and any theme with an active excerpt box you can use this workaround to display full post on the front page.
    You compose your whole post first and before you publish it you switch to the HTML (Text) editor, copy the code, paste it into the Excerpt box, and publish the post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/excerpts/#creating-excerpts

    If you do not see an excerpt box then go to screen options on the top right hand corner of your Admin page and include:
    Post – Likes and Shares, Format*, Categories, Tags, Excerpt, Send Trackbacks, Discussion, Comments**, Slug, Author, Revisions, Writing Helper

    P.S. On themes that do have an active excerpt function, the workaround works very well but you have to do it on every post you create.

  4. ~~justpi
    g'day to you :)

  5. casualcostuming
    Member

    Wow. You folks are great! Thanks so much.

    As you can tell, I'm new to blogging (although I had a pretty extensive travel website way back in the Pleistocene era (1999) that I coded in raw HTML.

    I suspect that the terminology is part of what is throwing me: "active except function", "post" vs. "page", "tags" meaning HTML tags (like </b> versus "tags" meaning words that are turned into search/index words.

    For a newbie, when selecting a theme, it can be quite difficult to determine what all the options are. Responsive layout? Microformats? I have no idea what I'm choosing here.

    Sounds like, now that I've got some minimal content down, I should now start browsing some themes and see what gives me the look I'm going for.

    Again - thanks so much for your prompt, polite and informative response.

  6. @TT: Morning!

    @CC: You're welcome.

    You can read about all themes and see them in action here:
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/

    Clarification, in case you decide to go with Grisaille and custom excerpts (although I wouldn't recommend that, for the reasons TT and I pointed out): when TT wrote "top right hand corner of your Admin page" she doesn't mean your main dashboard screen, she means the post editor screen.

    Responsive layout means the theme doesn't have a fixed pixel width but it can shrink or stretch to adapt to different screen resolutions.

    Microformats are an arcane feature of little interest to the average blogger. See here:
    http://html5doctor.com/microformats/

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