WEB generally speaking, so blog readers prefer to see the entire post or an excerpt...

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  1. Falconer

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    on the home page?

    I have this cool plugin called Custom Excerpts that lets you set a specified number of words per post to display on the homepage and then it says [read more...] and has a link to the rest of the post.

    Do blog readers typically prefer that, or do they prefer to see the entire post all laid out at once on the homepage?
     
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    design wise I think it looks better with an excerpt, instead a wall of fucking text
     
  3. Falconer

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    That's what I was thinking too, but I don't know anything about blog culture or the "blogosphere" or whatever.
     
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    most blogs i have been to have been set up that way
     
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    Most blogs come standard like that... you would think it would work best... just the the original install theme.
     
  6. Falconer

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    the original theme just says [...] or something after the cutoff and it's not clickable (you have to click the title). My dumb ass was like "wtf" and trying to click the [...] before I realized you have to click the title :rofl:

    I like Custom Excerpts cuz you can make the [...read more] say whatever you want, and it's clickable, and you can make it follow/nofollow. And you can specify what html it will ignore, so like if you don't want any pics to show in your excerpt, then you don't put <img> in the list, etc.

    With default WP, can you customize the number of words before the cutoff?
     
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    strong excerpt introduction getting straight to the point.

    If it catches their attention, they'll read more.
     
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    i manually do it, after what i think is a cut off point and then add the more on it
     
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    This.

    If you state exactly what they are going to get, and it gets them in, it's good. If you only show a sentence and it's something like "In this article, we're going to spend some time discussing ..." and it cuts off, no one will like that.

    I use about 150 characters for a topic preview on my site which seems to work well.
     

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