How to Create Post Excerpts with WordPress

The Excerpts function in WordPress allows you to create a summary of your blog post, depending on which theme you are using. Watch the video to learn more on how to create post excerpts with WordPress.

How to create post excerpts with WordPress

Here is the readable version of the steps to create post excerpts with WordPress.

In order for excerpts to work in your site, you first need to change the view of articles in your feed from full text, to summary. To do this, go to  Settings > Reading, and set the “For each article in a feed, show:” option to “Summary”.

Next, open any post and you should be able to see the excerpts option at the bottom. If you don’t see it, then you can enable it by clicking Screen Options on the top right of the page, and then checking the box labeled “Excerpts”.

The excerpt modules should now appear. Write a brief summary of your post or copy a good section from the content into the excerpt and click publish to save.

On your homepage, this post would now be displayed as a short excerpt.

If after enabling and creating excerpts, entire contents are still being displayed, then it is an issue with your theme. Please watch the video above for a solution.

WordPress tip

If your site has the option for membership, did you know that you can use the Excerpts function as a way of restricting content for non-members? Provided you are not using the default WordPress theme which does not support Excerpts, you can enable Excerpts by going to Settings > Reading Settings > For Each Article in Feed Show Summary. Then, you need to turn on the visibility in the content editor to create two tiers of content – one for members and one for non-members.