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  1. I am using the Pique theme and instead of going straight to my website, I get a "read more..." screen which I have to click on to then go to the site. How do I get rid of this so it just opens on the site?

    The blog I need help with is haltvancouver.org.

  2. Pique displays post excerpts on the blog page, so only a portion of each post is displayed -- to read the full post you need to click Read More.

    I wanted to clarify something, did you intend to create a blog post or a static page? Pages are usually used for static information on a website, where dated blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order, one after the other.

    If you want your front page to display a static page instead of your blog posts, you can follow the guide here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    There's a little catch, though - as soon as you set a static page to be the front page in Pique, your site will start to look like the Pique demo, with different panels on the front page. If that's not what you want, you'll probably be better off with a different theme that isn't designed as a one-page scrolling theme.

    For example, Twenty Sixteen might work; it's a single-column theme if you don't add any widgets.

    Let us know if you need further help.

  3. You are right, this is actually meant to be a static page like a normal website rather than a blog. I want it simple and much like what I have now, just without that Read More landing page.

    Twenty Sixteen might do the trick, but I really like that black bar across the top with the links listed. I wonder how I could get that using this one.

    The widgets you refer to I presume are the boxes along the side, right?

    Can you think of any themes which essentially do what I do, but maybe offer a few more design options than Twenty Sixteen? I want my logo at the top, as it is now. BG wants to be simple so that the message is clear.

    Thanks for your help.

  4. I just tried Twenty Sixteen and it has too much empty white space all around and the text is narrow. I am going to go back to Pique for now, but if you have any other suggestions, that would be much appreciated. I wonder why Pique has to have that read more thing anyway?

  5. Also, is there a way to preview a theme without it going online? That is, with my own content?

  6. Hi there!

    You are right, this is actually meant to be a static page like a normal website rather than a blog. I want it simple and much like what I have now, just without that Read More landing page.

    The "read more" link is currently being displayed as your site's front page is set to display your latest posts. Pique doesn't automatically display that link when a static front page is set.

    To set a static front page, either publish a new page entitled "Home" or choose from one of your site's existing pages.

    Next, navigate to the Static Front Page panel in the WordPress.com Customizer. You will need to select your "Home" or other page from the Front page dropdown menu and then save your changes in order for that content to display (without a "read more" link) on the front page.

    Twenty Sixteen might do the trick, but I really like that black bar across the top with the links listed. I wonder how I could get that using this one.

    Baskerville was the first theme that came to my mind when you mentioned the black bar at the top. Others with a similar menu include Argent, Motif, and Hemingway Rewritten.

    Let me know if you do decide to make the switch or if you'd like any more suggestions.

    Also, is there a way to preview a theme without it going online? That is, with my own content?

    You can set your site to private so that it's only visible to you and anyone that you invite. To do that, head to My Site in the top left of WordPress.com and then choose Settings from the left sidebar. Under Privacy, check the Private option and then save your changes.

    Hope that's helpful! You know where to find us if extra questions come up.

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