Hey. I'm new to all of this, but im making a lot of progress. I wanted to be able to sometimes display excerpts on the main page and sometimes the full content (and sometimes partial content using the "MORE" tag). Finally after getting confused a bunch, I realized I could edit my index.php file and add <?php the_excerpt(); ?> above <?php the_content(__('(more...)')); ?>
So if I create a post with a ton of content, I can use the MORE tag to hide it on the main page and it will display what I wrote in the "optional excerpt" field instead. It seems to work great. The problem I'm having now is that when you click on the actual post to "read more content", it not only displays the content, but also shows the excerpt right above it. That kind of eliminates the point since I could have accomplished the same thing by just using the MORE tag... Please help. I'm a n00b.