index.php is used for both the front page and page itself. If I change the <?php the_content(); ?> to the_excerpt it just shows the excerpt on both pages
How can I show the excerpt on the main page and full article on the page itself if they are both using the same index.php?
It’s the magic of PHP and WordPress. It knows the difference. Have you tried it?
well I’m not sure what you mean here – I tried both excerpt and content statements if thats what you mean or are you just bored?
You want the excerpt and the main content ?
If you mean just show a few lines then have a (more……) to click, use the quicktag ‘more’ button and place the <—more—> where you want the break to appear.
If I’ve got that wrong, if you could explain again it would help.
Rename it to ‘page.php’
in ‘page.php’ use the_content
I only want the excerpt to show. If I rename it to page.php how do I get the index to go to page.php?
thanks for the help
Okay, let’s clear a few things up. For extensive information on how to use the
When used with
the_content()template tag, where you put the MORE tag (from the Quicktags above the Write Post textarea where you write your post), an excerpt will be show to that point.
If you use
the_content(), the first 120 words of the post will be show automatically or whatever you have entered in your explicit excerpt text area on the Write Post panel.
Both methods will show the excerpt on the front page and when you click the title, it will show the full post on the single post page, whether or not you are using the
index.phpto generate both page views. The view of the page is based upon The Loop not the template tag you use within it.
If you are trying to generate a specific look for the single post view, then you can use a template called
single.phpas discussed in Stepping Into Templates.
Podz mentioned using the
page.phptemplate which is used for generating Pages in WordPress not single post web pages.
allpedal: Please supply a link to your blog and a link to the theme so I can check out the source you’re working with. If I understand you correctly, there isn’t a “single.php” in the theme. Is that true? If so, do this:
<?php if (is_single()) the_content(); else the_excerpt(); ?>
We are at cross purposes I think…
You keep index.php, and in that file, you use the_excerpt.
In page.php, you have the_content
page.php only works for pages – not single post views. In that case , you need to do something different. Before I head off in that direction, do you want this for Posts, or Pages ?
Lorelle, the Benevolence theme isn’t using single or page.php so when I changed from the_content to the_excerpt it showed the excerpt for both the index and page.
What skeltoac said to do worked perfectly and thanks very much for the quick fix.
Thank you all for the speedy help.
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