WordPress Read More Excerpt and Summary

This is a short graphical tutorial on how you can customize your self-hosted WordPress blog to show only the first part of the post using the <!- – more – -> quicktag on the homepage of your blog.

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Now, let’s login in to your WordPress blog and Manage Posts to edit your latest post so that only the first part of the article is displayed in the homepage. If you do not use the visual editor but the simple code editor, skip Step 1.

Step 1: Inserting Read More beakpoint using the Visual Editor
Visual editor

Step 2: Inserting Read More beakpoint using the Code Editor
Code editor

Step 3: The wp-includes folder in WordPress v2.1 installation
Step 3

Step 4: Editing the post-template.php in the wp-includes folder
Step 4

Step 5: Locate the codes #more-$id and delete
Step 5

Step 6: Modified post-template.php for the Customized Read More
Step 6

Maybe you’ll prefer a video tutorial with voice-over instead of static screen shots and text.

Related video: Make Your WordPress Blog SEO Friendly

The official WordPress documentation has a more technical discourse on the Customization of the Read More. You will get more information there to further tweak your WordPress template.


  1. internetmarketingcoach

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