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  • I have downloaded wp. have gone on options and then to reading chceked for each article show summary.

    Options > Reading > Show summary.

    But alas all my efforts have failed. Please help. Summary just isnt coming.

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  • That is only for RSS feeds.
    You need to insert the “more” tag or use some excerpt plugin.

    You can insert the more tag –which is recommended– or to use excerpts, you can change the code in your template file (probably index.php in your template folder is what you want) within the Post-writing loop from something like:
    <div class="storycontent">
    <?php the_content(...

    to

    <div class="storycontent">
    <?php the_excerpt(...

    Using the more tag is recommended because it is a bit cleaner in that the excerpt will cut off your post at 120 words while the more tag will let you set the spot where the cutoff happens.

    I’m hoping WordPress developers work out a way to give the excerpt function some paramaters that would specify stopping at the first ‘close paragraph’ tag or something, but it hasn’t happened yet to my knowledge.

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