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  1. Can anyone tell me what to do in order for "comments" to show at the end of a post using the Spectrum theme? As it is now there is a tiny little blue notice that says 2 comments or 3 comments or whatever; but it's hard to see and unless you click on it, no one reads the comments. I want them to show automatically like they do on other blogs. :-(

    The blog I need help with is

  2. I’m sorry but the answer is “you can't”.

    Unless you use the P2 theme which is a Twitter-like theme, the front pages of our blogs showcase content and comments are collapsed on that page and you cannot change this. The way the comments function is coded into the core of WordPress. By clicking the post title or the comments link the posts on the front page open on their own page where all comments display.

    In a new blog one does not have many posts or comments. In an established blog if the comments did not collapse on the front page it would become a mile long in no time flat and page loading time is a page ranking factor. We have only seconds before visitors refuse to wait and click out.

  3. If you feel your visitors won't know how to locate and click the comment link then you can post a text widget at the top of your sidebar containing (click the posts title to submit a comment) instructions.

  4. Thanks for the information. I was more interested in people being able to read the comments. When someone wants to comment they are more likely to look for a place. It seems the "comment" button is a little hard to find at the bottom if you are just going to read what others have written. But I totally understand what you are saying.

    While we are talking, do you think it's best to have several posts appear on the front page or just one?

  5. I have blogged for a long time. In the past I would have said just one post. Today I don't say that. These days people are into skimming and scanning very quickly. So I'm sorry to sound so wishy-washy but it depends on who your target audience is and how they scan blogs. Scroll down to "Are you ready to freshen your writing?" in this post to read more about what eye tracking studies reveal.

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