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  1. I have a question, how can I summarize my posts so they don't show the entire post?

  2. Dashboard -> Options -> Reading

    Sowewhere, there should be a choice between Full Text and Summary. I tried, but i'm not sure how long the blog will show an article as "summary". To me, it didn't really look like a summary. It never summarized MY articles...

  3. See i checked the box for summary, yet it hasn't summarized and now my page is huge because of it, so if there anyone else out there that has had this problem and found a solution please help !! But thank you anyway wcdctest1.

  4. In the WYSIWYG there is a "more" button. When you use this your post will be broken in two on the front page.

  5. Well...i just find out the "truth" about the summary which i wrote before. The summary is for Feed, which you should see on your blog's main page. It usually has categories Entries(RSS) and Comments(RSS). If you switch options between Full Text and Summary, you'll notice that some long articles will have triple dots if you try Entries(RSS) page. So, unfortunately for amethyst21, there's no way to summarize an article as simple as a button. Try matt's idea. You can see the "more" button on Write Post or Write Page. If you turned on the visual rich editor, turn it off at Users section in your Dashboard and try go back to Write section. Hope i helped you...

  6. And the reason that "Show Summary" does NOT show a summary is that it is for RSS feed??

    Is that correct?

  7. Where's the best place to read about using the "more" button feature in the wysiwyg tool bar? I'm still finding it a bit baffling. Or, is there a WP blog that makes especially skillful use of the "More" buttons?

  8. I tend to split long posts by using the more tag. Take a look at my blog.

  9. Hi Vivian,

    That's a fine site. And I like the way your "more..." button works -- like an internal link on the page. But . . .
    Where-oh-where can I read a clear explanation on HOW to use this feature.
    1) does it only work in posts, but not on pages?
    2) is there a particular place in the documentation that spells out how to use it?

    I hope you'll glance back here and throw me something.

    Thanks so much ! Pablo

  10. hi brooklyn

    why would u want to summarise a page? ppl usually summarise posts because there are more than one post in the home page and it would be really long without the summary. have u tried searching abt it through the search box or the faq?

  11. Hi Vivian,

    That's a fine site. And I like the way your "more..." button works -- like an internal link on the page.

    Thanks!

    Where-oh-where can I read a clear explanation on HOW to use this feature.
    1) does it only work in posts, but not on pages?
    2) is there a particular place in the documentation that spells out how to use it?

    HOW to use the feature is up to you. The way I use it is to not take up the full front page of my blog with the entire post. (You can see that some of my posts are quite lengthy.) I put the intro in the first paragraph and then use the more separator, which leads the reader to the full article.

    I should mention that I use the Rich Editor most of the time (I'm a newbie at coding and only know the basics). ON the tool bar, there is a graphic that looks like two white boxes with a dashed line in between them. That inserts the more separator.

    As for the question of posts versus pages - there are a number of posts here in the forum about that. I don't think the more separator works with pages as it is designed to work on posts. (I'm really having difficulty understanding why folks want separate pages for everything. Heck, that's what categories are for!)

    Hope that helps.

  12. Sulz, Vivian, thanks so much for your replies.

    Andreas's theme is my favorite (the look & partly just 'cause all the pages are listed at the top of the screen). But it's not a theme that allows posting on multiple pages.

    I understand that the "More" buttons are for indicating large numbers of posts that occur in a more or less manageable space.

    My ideal (1 day on Bluehost) is 12 or so pages where content can go in as a post and hence the More buttons.

    Will study the posts vs. pages discussion this weekend. I think my own and others' failure to use Categories, and the desire to post on many pages is characteristic of someone who wants to design a website with fixed content, rather than a constantly evolving blog.

  13. But a blog and a website are different things, IMHO. A website does indeed have relatively static content. On the other hand, a blog is designed for continuous posting. I guess you can make a blog act like a website by having multiple pages and such but to me, it is not the best tool.

  14. You're so right. Meanwhile, I'm jamming up the forums with inappropriate queries.

  15. No, not really. IMHO, there's no such thing as an inappropriate query.

  16. why would u want to summarise a page?

    Also makes the visitor click through to read the article. That drives up page views. :)

    Not that I'm accusing anyone of that of course.

  17. Also makes the visitor click through to read the article. That drives up page views. :)

    I had no idea it did this. Good to know :)

  18. Hmmm I have some posts that are just too long so my thanks to you vivian (btw your web log is outstanding) and thanks to drmike for the lightbulb flash:)

  19. Thanks timethief! I'm working hard on it

  20. Vivian, your "Miller vs. Webb debate" post uses the More button — just the way I want it to work in mine.

    I don't think Matt's advice on 2-27-06 "in the WYSIWYG there is a "more" button. When you use this your post will be broken in two on the front page" accurately describes how this feature works.

    If you get a minute for a little more hand-holding, can you explain pretty clearly how you do it?

    Btw, I converted all my static Pages into Posts which simplified the blog a little, & got rid of the sixteen Page buttons at the top. Still working out a few things.

    Thanks in advance, if you can help.

  21. brooklynmusic:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/15/what-do-all-the-icons-mean/
    #13 should help?

    Write your whole post, then place the cursor where you want the break then click that button.

  22. podz is, of course, correct. That's exactly how I do it. I do tend to write the first paragraph as a teaser so the reader WANTS to read more ;) Hope that helps. Feel free to post again if it doesn't.

  23. OK, I got it. Thanks to both of you.

    I had hoped to be able to use it repeatedly within a single post.

    I have a list of summaries of research articles, and was hoping to put a "More" button after each Author & Title in the alphabetical list.

    Anyway, it's already an improvement. If you get a minute, check if I'm using it to its best advantage.

    http://brooklynmusic.wordpress.com/tag/readings-research/

    But thanks, in any case.

  24. That is a long post. Is there any way to break it up into smaller posts, all within the same category?

  25. Yes, I can break it into at least three posts, and the last one can use the More button. Or maybe it should get stuffed in a Page (static) and I can just link to it, from the post. That way at least it'll be across 3 columns (but no comments allowed).

    I wish I could make the posts appear across three columns (as the Pages do).

    I just want 1 sidebar with the categories, links and meta all on one side.

    Anyway, thanks for looking, VP.

  26. I havea question this appears to be relevant. I want to have my main blog top lets say for example Apples. SO my main theme for the blog and title is apples. I have it set to where all my news posts of course show up on the main page or front page. Ok I want to start a topic and write post, and do podcasts about oranges. Can I have post and pod etc go to a different page, and continue to have my main theme apple continue to post on the main or fron page. I guess the simplest way to ask is can I control what pages each post will post on??? This is rather urgent. I am in a jam here.

    Thanks Mark Taylor PhD.

  27. No, posts can only appear on one page of your blog at WordPress.com; that's usually the front page, the one which is dynamic and updates constantly. All other pages are static and you can't use them for other posts.

    Your best bet might be to create a new post each time you do a podcast, but assign a unique tag or category like "podcast" to it; that way if someone clicks on "podcast" in your sidebar, they'll get all your posts and podcasts. Or otherwise create a separate blog for the podcasts and link to it in your sidebar so people can find it. Hope that helps.
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/the-difference-between-tags-and-categories/
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/15/how-do-i-make-a-link-to-another-site/

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