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  • Hi, I’m a newbie and I’ve been reading everything I can on the forums, and often not yet understanding most of it – but learning fast.

    So today, I want to change my category template. I want my single posts and my front page to show the full post, but on the category pages I want the posts to be shortened and just show the featured image, the title and the excerpt.

    I’ve read that I need to go to my category.php and replace the_content with the_excerpt. Seems perfectly sensible – except when I go to the category.php file it doesn’t look like I expect. Here it is:

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    Can anyone tell me what I need to change to get my category pages looking how I like. Perhaps I need to go to a different file – but its all to new to me.

    I very much appreciate any help on this one, as all my searching hasn’t been able to find what to do. Thank you.

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  • The default post formatting from the post.php template file will be used.

    If you want to customize the post formatting for your category pages:
    – Create a new file: post-category.php
    – Copy/Paste the content of post.php to post-category.php
    – Edit and customize the post-category.php file for your needs.

    Learn more about the get_template_part() function:

    Damn it, I can’t believe how daft I’ve been. I spent HOURS today looking this up and it was right there – I just needed you to hit me over the head with it!

    I set up a new file post-category.php. Pasted the content of post.php and changed the content to the excerpt and there it was.
    I am just so embarrassed!

    But thanks for showing me how easy it can be when you read the damned instructions!

    🙂 No problem. Glad I could (sort of) help.

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