Introduction to Post Excerpt
By default WordPress will display full articles in your blog role, which can be seen as a negative browsing experience. Post excerpts are used to provide visitors a short summary or description of your full articles. There are a few ways to create short summaries of your articles depending on the programming features of your WordPress theme.
- How do I use Post Excerpts? First, go to “Settings>Reading> for each article in a feed show” then change the setting to “Summary” and save your changes.
- Turn on the visibility in the content editor by navigating to the top right corner “Screen Options>Excerpt (check the box)”.
- Where do I enter the post excerpt? Now you will find another text field available under your editor where you can add your own excerpt.
- What if activating post excerpts didn’t work? WordPress themes often have different program features, especially when customized. If the above steps do not work, check with the theme programmer/ designer to add desirable features.
- How can I simply shorten my articles on my website? On the toolbar in your content editor you’ll find an “Insert More” icon. Use this to target where the summary will end in your blog role. This tool works from the top down.
- What happens when I add “Insert More” into my content pages? Now when visitors view your website there’s a short summary of each article. If a reading wants to view the entire article they click a “Continue Reading” link.
Ordered and Unordered Lists in Posts and Pages
Creating bulleted and numbered lists helps your readers view your information in an aesthetically pleasing way. WordPress gives you the tools you need to quickly add lists to your content.
If you prefer using MS Word to compose your website content, simply import it using the WordPress MS Word importer. All formatting options (including lists) will be retained.
- How do I create a bullet list on my webpages? To create an unordered (bulleted) list highlight the text you want the list to appear on. Now click the icon in the content editing toolbar labeled “Unordered Lists”.
- How do I create a numbered list on my web pages? To create a numbered list employ the same steps as above using the “Numbered Order List” icon.
- Is there a way to see what it will look like before publishing the list? To preview your new lists click the “Preview” button in the upper right hand corner of the text editor.
- How do I make it live? Once you are happy with the look press the update or publish button.
Paste from MS Word into Posts and Pages
Preparing your content in Microsoft word is one of the handiest features of WordPress publishing. Type formatting attributes like boldface, bullet points, hyperlinks, headings and more are translated into the interface through a built-in WordPress Text importer.
- Where do I begin to import documents from MS Word to WordPress? Open or create your Word document. Select all (Cntrl A for windows or Command C for Mac) or highlight all your text.
- How do I add MS Word content to WordPress? Log into your WordPress interface and add a new post or page. Now you can paste [ctrl v] from your clipboard.
- How can I see what it will look like in WordPress? Once the content is pasted in you should see all formatting from MS word have been retained.
- How do I make my article live on my website? The final step to publishing is pressing the update or publish button to make these changes instantly visible.
Working with Tags
Tags provide an easy way to identify groups of content. When used, visitors will have a better experience by navigating to similar content found in the same tag.
- Do I have to use tags? Tags are not imperative to employ but do add more granular groupings of content found throughout your website.
- Where do I add tags? To add tags look on the right hand side of the text editor under categories.
- How can I enter tags? Type in coma separated tags or access existing tags by clicking “Choose from most read tags”.
- How do I make the tags live on my website? Once you have added your tags, click update or publish.