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How can you tell which WordPress themes have brief search results?

  1. In a forum thread (only two comments, closed) a WP support person answered my previous question on how to change the way search results are displayed as follows:

    "You could just change your theme. Some display the full post, some display excerpts. I believe there are even some that display only titles."

    Aside from the fact that I don't want to change my theme, but might if it allows brief search results to be displayed, this response leaves questions unanswered. For example,

    • How would you know whether the search results are long or short without activating and testing each theme?
    • Is there a list of such themes somewhere? Themes with brief search results?
    • Does WordPress know that merely activating a theme momentarily for testing purposes carries a risk? I know of at least one theme (Tarski) which permanently deletes the sidebar content during such testing.</li

        A related issue is the number of search results displayed. If results can be abbreviated to a line or two it doesn't make any sense that the number of results per page would still be governed by the "post per blog page" setting in Reading. You ought to be able to fit fifty or maybe even a hundred brief results on a single page.

    The blog I need help with is songbook1.wordpress.com.

  2. a1) Themes that display beginnings by default:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/full-posts-in-archive-pages/
    a2) Themes that display custom excerpts if you add content to the Excerpt module of the post editor:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/the-excerpt-function/

    b) No theme deletes anything. When you switch from a theme to similarly designed one, your widgets stay in place. When you switch to a differently designed one, your widgets move to Inactive and you drag them back to Sidebar. But it's best to keep a backup of the content of text widgets (or other widgets to which you add content yourself), just in case.

    And please paste the URL of your blog when asking questions here. Or, better, make your username link to your blog (Users > Personal Settings: scroll down to Account Details, paste blog URL in the Website field, click Save Changes).

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