How to Make the WordPress Home Page Have an Excerpt

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Making the WordPress home page have an excerpts section is something that you can do by adjusting your settings. Make the WordPress home page have an excerpts section with help from a serial entrepreneur, information technology thought leader, published technical author, and content management and WordPress authority in this free video clip.

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Hey there, Vaughn Bullard here again. We're going to talk about how to have your homepage have excerpts in WordPress. What an excerpt means in WordPress lingo is the ability to see less of a post on your blog. Now not all themes that you have downloaded have this built in or selected upon activation. So I'm going to show you how to do it without any special built-in features. So the first thing we're going to do is go to the WordPress administration page. This is done by typing in the URL of your blog followed by forward slash, wp/admin. You will be prompted for your administrative username and password, type that in and press the login button. So we're going to go to one of our posts here. We're going to choose this one called we hold these truths to be self evident. This post is a small sampling of the preamble from The Declaration of Independence. Now you see that we are in editor mode. We're going to look at what it looks like in view mode. So we'll go over there. As you can see, view mode has the full text of this post but that's not what we want. We want the ability for the reader of your posts to click in more or a continued reading link and then more texts will appear. It helps from a design perspective and it helps for legibility. And here's a tip, some themes will already include this as an option so choose wisely. So back to editing the post, we will choose a break point here and we will click this little button called the more tag. In visual editing mode you will see a bar across the editor screen with text that says more. In text editing mode you'll see a tag that reads more. Either way does the trick. So we're going to click update and then go to the homepage and there you have it, a link on that post that says continue reading, click that link and the text of the post expands. And that's how easy it is folks. That's how easy it is to make the WordPress home page have an excerpt for your posts. For more info on doing other cool things within WordPress, check out my other WordPress lessons on and check out Build Automate's Innovative WordPress plugins at


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