More Block

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The More block is used to display a ‘Read More’ link to the full blog post, on the blog home page, or on the archive pages.

If your theme is set to show the post’s full content on archive pages or the blog home page, then a post using the More block truncates your blog entries so that only the part of the post before the More block is displayed on the home page and archive pages, followed by a “Read More” link. Clicking on the ‘Read More’ link directs the reader to the full blog post.

If your theme is set to show only the excerpts on the archives page and the blog home page, the More block is ignored. The excerpt displayed is the one manually entered for the post.

The More block can be placed anywhere in a post. You can customize the link to say whatever you want. You can only insert one More block in each Post.

The More Block works only for Posts, (not Pages).

And this is how it will look on your site (Styles may vary depending on your theme).

How More Block works on the front end
More block (result)

To add a More block, click on the Block Inserter icon.

You can also type /more and hit enter in a new paragraph block to add one quickly.

Adding More Block by typing /more

Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

Editing the Block

Once you add the block, you can edit the Read More text that appears by default by clicking in the middle of the dashed lines, erasing the text, and typing anything you want. To revert back to the default text that your theme displays, remove all the text from the More block and save your Post.

Editing the More Block text

Block Toolbar

Each block has its own block-specific controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor. The More block offers the following buttons on the Block toolbar:

Transform to
Drag icon
Move handles
More options

Block toolbar in the More block
You can click on the block to reveal the Block Toolbar.

Transform to

Click on the “Transform” button to convert the More block into a “Columns” or “Group” block. “Group” gives you the ability to change the background color around the More block.

Transform option in the More block

Drag icon

Drag icon in the More Block Toolbar

To drag and drop the block to a new location on the page template, click and hold the rectangle of dots, then drag to the new location. The blue separator line indicates where the block will be placed. Release the left mouse button when you find the new location to place the block.

Move handles

The up and down arrow icons can be used to shift a block up and down on the page.

Move handles in the More block toolbar

Detailed instructions on moving a block within the editor can be found here

More Options:

More options in the More block toolbar

Hide Block Settings

The Hide Block Settings option hides (or shows) the Block Setting panel in the editor’s sidebar.

Copy

Copy can be used to copy a selected block and then you can paste it wherever you want in the editor.

Insert before

Insert a new block before the selected block(s).

Insert after

Insert a new block after the selected block(s).

Move to

If you select Move To, you will get a blue line inside your content, you can then use the arrows to move that line, up and down to where you want the selected content to be moved into, hitting return on your keyboard at that point moves the block to that position.

Lock

Since WordPress 6.0, you can lock the block to disallow moving and/or removing. If you lock the block, the “Lock” icon will be shown in the Block Toolbar.

Locking the More block

For more details about Lock, refer More Options.

Add to Reusable blocks

Using the Add to Reusable blocks option lets you add the selected block to a list of reusable blocks, so you can use them on other posts or pages as well.

Group

Select the Group option if you want to create a group of blocks and treat them as a unit. You can for instance add a common background color or other blocks to the group.

Remove More

With the Remove More option, you can delete the selected block from your content.

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Block Settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon.

Cog icon to display the Block sidebar

The Block Sidebar for the More block has a toggle switch to hide the excerpt on a full content page.

Block Settings for More block
Block Settings for More block

By enabling the ‘Hide the excerpt‘ toggle button, the content that appears before the More block will not display on the full post, once the user clicks on the More link after the excerpt.

This option is disabled by default. This feature is helpful if you would like to display custom excerpt on the homepage and archive pages but when the user clicks to read the full post, the excerpt is hidden.  

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Changelog

  • Updated 2022-06-23
    • Added content, images, video for 6.0
    • Added ALT tags for the images
  • Updated 2021-02-10
    • Added Note section
  • Created 2019-03-07

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