I own a blog for women working in the field of business (Women on Business) that is written by a team of contributors with varying levels of ability when it comes to WordPress. I wanted to truncate the posts on the home page to clean the design up a bit, but I didn’t want to ask each writer to insert the HTML More tag in their posts. Also, the contributors don’t always include images with their posts, so I needed a solution that ignored the image component entirely.
At the same time, I wanted a solution that ensured my blog’s full feed would not switch to a partial feed. I don’t have time to redesign the site right now, so I needed a quick and easy solution.
I thought about it for a while before I finally remembered the Post Teaser WordPress plugin!
The Post Teaser WordPress plugin is a great solution for WordPress.org users who need a quick, easy, and free solution to automatically truncate blog posts on their blog home pages without cutting the RSS feed to a partial feed. Even if you don’t care about whether or not your feed is full or partial, the Post Teaser WordPress plugin is still a handy thing.
It takes seconds to install and set up the Post Teaser WordPress plugin. You can determine where your posts are truncated, and the plugin automatically truncates all posts at that location (or close to it if necessary for better formatting). Also, you can customize the link message that visitors click on to read the full post. It’s a simple plugin that can help streamline a cluttered home page or a blog that is written by multiple authors with varied styles. In other words, the plugin helps entries appear more uniform.
So if you’re not ready to redesign your blog and want to control where all of your posts are truncated without affecting your blog’s feed, give Post Teaser a try.
Note that the WordPress Plugin Directory lists the plugin as only being compatible through WordPress 2.8, but I use it with WordPress 2.9.2 without any problems.
Do you truncate posts on your blog’s home page? Do you use a plugin? Do you truncate posts manually? Or does your theme truncate posts for you? Leave a comment and share your experiences and preferences!