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.