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[Plugin: [pagelist]] Question -- adding a text link to the end of the exceprts (6 posts)

  1. Matt Bernius
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    First of all, thanks for this amazing plugin. It's exactly what I was looking for.

    My question is this:

    Is there a way to add a static text link, like "read more..." to the end of all of the excerpts?

    For example on http://certifi.org/certifi-pedigree-software/certifi-pedigree-software/

    The [pagelist] entry that reads:
    System Features and Components
    Pedigree System Components Certifi Pedigree Software[One Paragraph description of Software] Certifi Pedigree Software is made up of the following components: Script Builder , an easy to use tool for interactively building and editing image ...

    Would instead read:
    System Features and Components
    Pedigree System Components Certifi Pedigree Software[One Paragraph description of Software] Certifi Pedigree Software is made up of the following components: Script Builder , an easy to use tool for interactively building and editing image ... <link>Read more...</link>

    It seems like this should be easy to do, but I can't figure it out.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/page-list/

  2. webvitaly
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    There is no more-link in Pagelist plugin, because "more-link":

    • not good for SEO. Nobody will search your site with the word "more". "rel=nofollow" will not solve it too.
    • not good for usability. There is already link on title and "more-link" is an extra no needed element on page. If user cannot understand that the title is the link, than there is a problem in css styles and not in plugin's templates.

    I am trying to keep plugin's code and list of pages on the sites light and clean. But if you still need "more-link" feature and you will add it by yourself, than you should also change the plugin version to ver.100 (for example) to avoid updating of the plugin, what could override and delete your code.

  3. Crossway
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @webvitaly I think this plugin is excellent. Seems to cater for most requirements.

    However I have to disagree with your points above:

    • not good for SEO - Google (Penguin) is now penalizing sites for having too many internal and internal links with "targeted" anchor text. So adding a "Read more..." link will help to prevent this.
    • not good for usability - There is lots of evidence to show that visitors need to be 'told' what to do. So a clear call to action like "Read more.." actually aids usability.

    I have hard-coded a text link into your plugin code as it is essential for my purposes.

    So thanks for an extremely useful addition but please reconsider the OPs request.

  4. webvitaly
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    SEO: IMHO you misunderstood the Google recommendation. They were talking about SEO-targeted words, when the text inside the link is created with good words for search engines, but it is impossible to read for humans. And again - nobody will search your site with the word "more".

    Usability: Less elements on the page - the better.

    More-link haves no context. Users, search engines or screen readers cannot tell nothing about the destination from word "more"

    Check out how http://stackoverflow.com/ works without "more-link".

    Don't forget to change the version of the plugin to "100" for avoiding plugin updates and for losing your code.

  5. webvitaly
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Crossway I will not add "more-link" to the core of the plugin, because IMHO "more-link" is the bad rule, which become a standard. It's like [font-tag]. I remember the times, when web-developers were using this html: [font color="red" size="+2" family="Verdana"] it was considered to be good. IMHO the same will happen with "more-link".

    But I respect your opinion about it. And much more I respect that you did the functionality what you needed by yourself. :)

  6. El_Pedro
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    to Crossway: Did your add link "Read more" in this great plugin? Can you describe your reason? Thanks!

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