Hello SNAP readers! I’m excited to be back with another tutorial for WordPress. Today we are going to talk about how to truncate your posts in WordPress…
What is Truncating?
What does truncating mean? Basically it means to shorten something. So in our case, it would be to shorten a post. Most of the time this is on a home or archive page, with a link for the reader to “read more.”
Truncating is valuable for several reasons:
- Your readers don’t have to scroll through long posts they are not as interested in.
- It gives the page a clean, organized and professional look.
- It helps increase the number of clicks and page views on your site.
- It keeps auto-content scrapers from stealing your content.
So how do you do truncate posts on your WordPress site? Its actually super easy. First I’m going to show you how you can truncate in WordPress no matter what theme you are using. Then I’ll show you another way if you are running a fabulous Genesis theme.
Truncating Posts in WordPress
In WordPress all you have to do to truncate your posts is click this little image at the top of your post area in the spot you want the break to be…
Then you will see a small dotted line in your post edit area with the word “More…” in the lower right corner like this one…
Finish writing the rest of your post below that dotted line, hit publish and you are good to go! Its that simple. The cool thing is when people click the “read more” link the new screen that opens will start off where they left off reading.
Truncating Posts in WordPress with Genesis Theme
Another way to truncate your posts if you are using a Genesis theme is to go to the “Theme Settings” area under the “Genesis” tab on the left of your dashboard.
Scroll down to the “Content Archives” section. You can leave it at “post content” and set a certain number of characters to show. You can also just select “post excerpt” and it will automatically set the amount of characters shown.
You can also choose to include a “featured image” which is a great way to give your readers a visual preview of the post – just make sure the box is checked and choose what size you want the thumbnail to be.
Hit save and thats it! Not too hard right? Go ahead and truncate those posts!