Category content listed by post title versus full text

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    I’m using a customized Twenty Twelve template with several menu categories. Is it possible to view just the post titles as a list versus the entire content of the post when you click on any of these menu categories? I don’t want a drop-down of subcategories but a list of all posts in that category. Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is



    This is possible. What you would want to do is make those posts into PAGES, and then make the parent the page that they’re on now. So, I clicked into “Stories” and see “Cannonball.” You’d want to make Cannonball into a page, and then you can make it’s parent page “Stories” (you can see this option on the Edit Page page on the right under Page Attributes), and it will show up on that page as a link.

    Is that what you’re trying to do?


    Thanks so much for this advice. I guess I’ll have to simultaneously create a post and a new page for each new piece. Do you know the most efficient way to do this short of manually copying and pasting?



    You won’t need to create a separate page AND post for each. In fact, as I was digging further, I came on this piece of information which may help you more:

    Check out in particular the part about “category pages” – would this help you better?


    Thanks again for replying. That WP page is actually where I looked for information to create the custom menu. “Stories” and “Essays” are category pages already. I couldn’t find any info here about changing the appearance of the category pages of a custom menu so that only the post titles are shown. It’s not a sub-menu that I’m looking for; it’s just a way to display the category page content as a list by post title.

    Your idea to create pages under the parent page is probably the way to go. I just need an efficient way to create a page with the content from the new post.



    changing the appearance of the category pages of a custom menu so that only the post titles are shown

    That’s not possible as dynamic (continually updating) Category pages are automaically created by the software and we cannot edit them.



    Whether or not just post titles or full posts are displayed on Categories Pages and Archives pages is theme dependent ie. it’s coded into the template and we cannot edit templates or themes.

    In the majority of themes, posts on category or other archive pages show up just as they do on the main posts page in the blog and the number displayed is also the same. (See this page > Settings > Reading and note how many posts you choose there sets it for all). But in some themes only the beginnings of posts are shown, and in a few themes you only get titles or thumbnails. See here for a theme list of themes that may display the way you want > Category/archive pages: full posts or not


    I was wondering if either of you could help further. I made both “Essays” and “Stories” pages rather than categories, and I copied the original posts as pages and then labeled them to fall under the parent page of either “Stories” or “Essays.” But they’re not showing up when you click on these menu items. Is there another step?


    I just came up with a work-around to the problem by just entering the story and essay titles under the respective menu pages and inserting hyperlinks to the posts. Hopefully this should work. Thanks for your advice!


    It’s possible to hide content using CSS. With this solution, content will still load in the background, but it won’t display on the front end.

    Try adding this to your Appearance → Custom Design → CSS editor:

    .category .entry-content {
    	display: none;

    And then view a category page such as

    Another way would be to put a more tag at the very top of the post. This method will affect any page that lists posts, including the home page if you are not using a static front page. See this help page to learn how to add the more tag:



    Hi there sketchesbybaz,

    I was just wondering if this helped you, or if you needed some additional assistance?



    I’ve resolved this issue. Thanks so much for following up!




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