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  1. Dear all helpers,

    I would like to ask how to publish an article BUT I don't want the whole article to appear. I would like to show the title of the article and then I would like the whole article to appear by cliking to a link under title saying 'more' or 'read more'. I don't make this up my mind. I have seen it to other websites.I tried to enable it by going to preferences as an admin and then Read pages. There is an option there that sais for every article show: whole article or summury. i choose summury but nothing changes.

    Any help is welcome,

    thank you in advance

  2. When you're writing the post, there's a button in the editor that says "more" or something similar.

    When you get to the point where you want to split the post int othe "more" are, press this button and it will insert the appropriate code.

    Then you will find when you publish the post that it will appear just as you specify above.

    Let us know if you have problems and we can provide further guidance. :o)

    Collin

  3. WHAT?? I never knew this. Do we have to press it again like with the link thing so as to close the link code? And where does it go? Does it open a new window or go to another page or just drop from the bottom and then show?

  4. Nosy - Try it and see!

    No, you don't have to press it twice. It just inserts a single line of code. It will essentially open the whole post in the same window as if the reader was going to view the comments.

    Personally I don't like it, don't use it myself and don't tend to click unless the "story" is *really really* interesting. Just my preference though.

  5. I never thought of suggesting that for Nosy's site....

    :)

  6. I use the more thingee all the time. As a matter of fact, I just went thru some of my old posts and added it in. (And, as drmike pointed out here, it drives up page views.)

  7. Might help with all the pictures I post. lol But will it screw up the feed that people register for?

  8. No nosysnoop it works fine through the feed. You can prove this to yourself by subscribing to your own feed so you know what other subscribers are getting at their end. I did this through my bloglines account.

  9. The only real issue though is that you're using the pictures to hook your readers in. If they don't see them right off, they might move on.

    What I would do in your case is display a single picture above the more tag, a text line saying something like "Click on read more to see the rest of the pictures.", and place the additional pictures after the more tag.

  10. I might do that when I post again over 10-20 images in a single post. lol I even get annoyed when I have to keep on scrolling down my own page. :)

  11. In that case, you might want to break a single post into 2 or 3 with links between them. (ie "To see more, click this link" with a link to another post.)

  12. I just converted my whole site to this method and introduced a new additional hook picture above the more line in each post. I like it a lot better than a really long scroll.

  13. @stuhasic
    I agreee with you when it comes to front page readability. There's just one thing to aware of and that's that when rss readers hit the <!--more--> tag they come to a dead halt.

  14. There's just one thing to aware of and that's that when rss readers hit the <!--more--> tag they come to a dead halt.

    I think that bug has been fixed. I monitor my feed with Google Reader, Bloglines and Firefox/Sage and I haven't had any problems with (more) not showing up for a while.

    (Either that or the bug is theme dependent and I switched to a theme that doesn't have the bug)

  15. I am going to try this for some of my posts, some of which are very long. I had tried the summary option first and when it didn't happen I thought well, its the Andreas theme which doesn't allow it. Thanks for bringing it up.

  16. Someone said there's a problem for those with feeds? Can anyone reassure me on this aspect?

  17. I do not know what you mean by "the summary option". The only summary option I know of pertains *only* to rss feeds (see italics below).
    -> Dashboard -> Options -> Reading
    Here on the Reading Options page if you scroll down you find:
    Blog Pages
    Show at most: ---posts

    Syndication Feeds
    Show the most recent: ---posts
    For each article, show:

    Full text
    Summary

    Note: If you use the <--more--> feature, it will cut off posts in RSS feeds.

    Unless you have the same theme as engtech (click his username and see) and experience the same thing then what's written there stands.

  18. @tt: by "summary option" I think she means post excerpts, not feed summaries.

    @nita: whether or not post excerpts are used at all depends on theme, I don't think they're ever used in RSS feeds.

  19. So does anyone know which themes (apart from Hemmingway) allow you the option of only displaying the excerpts on home page and/or archive pages? I will be eternally grateful if someone can help me so that I don't have to try them all.

  20. If you use the more tag as described up above, they all can. :)

  21. Otherwise, check engtech's site: he's the only one doing comparative analysis of WordPress templates, and he's pretty thorough.

  22. I offered way back when...

  23. thanks I will check out engtech's site...I do understand that the more tag gives you an option...but I don't necessarily want the first couple of lines to be the excerpt that people see..sometimes my excerpts will come from the middle of the article so the more tag isn't that useful for me

  24. but I don't necessarily want the first couple of lines to be the excerpt that people see..sometimes my excerpts will come from the middle of the article

    That being the case I can save you some time by telling you right now that you will not find exactly what what you are seeking as a feature in any theme. The only choices you have are the <!--more--> tag and <!--nextpage--> tag. The latter is a wordpress tag similar to the <!--more--> tag, except that the codex says it can be used any number of times in a post and each will insert a "break" and paginate the post in that location. http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=5790&replies=19#post-37679

  25. podcastfanatic
    Member

    @timethief ...thanks for the headsup...I'll investigate

    dare I ask what the point is of offering the "optional excerpt" field to fill out when writing a post? Where can that excerpt be used?

  26. WordPress is only 1 1/2 years old and some features yet to be rolled out. If anyone has found a work around I encourage them to post it.

    The only thing I can think of is to place teaser sentence or two from the body of the post at the very beginning of the post, maybe in italics, and then insert a more tag and commence the article.

    Here's an example of what I mean:

    In 2006, spammers found new ways to evade sophisticated filters designed to keep spam to a minimum. The techniques include sending the dubious pitches as images instead of text to fool filters programmed to look for specific words.
    <!--more-->

    If you’re like most people who use e-mail, you’ve spent a lot more time lately deleting stock tips, cut-rate deals on pharmaceuticals, and sure-fire ways to enhance your mate’s pleasure. It’s estimated that spam accounts for nine out of 10 e-mails and costs the world economy about $50 billion a year in lost productivity, according to San Francisco-based Ferris Research.

    In 2006, spammers found new ways to evade sophisticated filters designed to keep spam to a minimum. The techniques include sending the dubious pitches as images instead of text to fool filters programmed to look for specific words.

  27. You want to do pull quotes from your own article, rather than grab them with the lede? TT's suggestion is the only way I can think of to do that, and she's also right that you'd need to format that differently from the rest of the post so people KNOW it's a pull quote, rather than the first sentences of the post.

    Personally, if I have a grabby lede and want to give people some hints about what's coming, I use the tags in a very deliberate way. If the article seems perfectly normal but the tags include Squid, Supernatural, and Religion, that will tip off your smarter readers that something weird this way comes.

  28. thanks! this really helped me. :-)

  29. I'm glad to hear it did. You're welcome. :)

  30. I still don't understand what the 'Optional Excerpt' is. I've just put in some text, saved it, and there is no change to the page. How do I use it? How do readers access that extra text?

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