Creating excerpts for WordPress

Today I was going through my blog, and I decided I wanted to make all of the articles into excerpts on the front page (instead of full articles) to make the blog easier to navigate and read.

On the Internet, readers want to read short snippets, they want to see pictures, and they want to be able to skim, reading headlines and captions. This is one of the reasons listicles are so popular!

By showing the reader a short taste of what I’m writing about, it will hopefully get more people to read more articles on this blog instead of losing interest after scrolling through one or two long articles on something they already know, or aren’t interested in.

With excerpts, it’s also easier to find articles that they’re actually interested in.


On this particular WordPress theme I’m using called SELA, the excerpts function is not built in, so I had to look up how to do it through the HTML feature.

Here’s how to create a “Continue Reading” button and show only a bit of text:

  1. Find the spot you want the text to end in your excerpt.
  2. Go to the HTML side of your post.
    Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 12.02.08 PM.png
  3. paste <!–more–> in the spot you want the excerpt to end.
    Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 12.04.21 PM.png
  4. It will now have a link to continue reading at that spot in your post.

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 12.05.22 PM.png

If you have any questions about this process, comment below! This is for the SELA theme in WordPress, but it probably works for many other WordPress themes as it is just code.

Until next time,



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