Hi. I'm rather new to this and not much of a web designer. However, I was able to take my existing page "format": http://www.nedyken.com and somehow cut and paste a bunch of stuff to make a working wordpress: http://www.nedyken.com/wordpress . Lol. I just basically altered the php files under the "classic" template folder. It seems like it's working right now (don't mind the posts, they are just a bunch of quick entries I imported from an RSS feed file I made a while ago.
Heres my problem. If you look at my latest post showing "test... trying to post excerpt", What I did was enter a quick bit of content: "Here is my actual post content blah blah" and then I entered into "optional excerpt": "Here is my excerpt". Why is it that the excerpt is not displaying? I checked the help pages and they all say, "if you enter an explicit excerpt, it will overrule your post content and display on your main page instead", but that doesn't seem to be happening. Am I missing some kind of tag that tells it to display the excerpt instead?
What I'd like to eventually have is the ability to sometimes display ALL of the post content, the ability to sometimes display part of the post content (by using the more tag) and sometimes just display a brief summary entered into the "excerpt" field. Additionally if possible, I'd like to sometimes include an image in the excerpt field (but im getting the impression it will not accept html even once I get it working properly).
Any help is greatly appreciated!! I realize I'm a noob, but I swear I'm trying! e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply. Thanks!