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WebTreats inFocus WordPress Theme: Customising the Display of Post Excerpts

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Since switching my blog from Blogger to WordPress I’ve been struggling with a new design. I’m pretty savvy with the coding, but if it’s one thing I’m not it’s a designer. Reluctant though I was to use a pre-built theme template I came across the one I’m using now and couldn’t resist. It’s simple yet elegant and in my opinion far superior to anything I’ve seen both in design and functionality.

Of course a template can’t cater for everyone’s needs and I’ve amended the code a bit to suit mine. One particular change I made was the way in which post excerpts are displayed. The theme uses the the_excerpt() function which either uses an explicit excerpt or the first 55 words of the post if one is not provided. I much prefer using WordPress’s <!––more––> quicktag in my posts in conjunction with the the_content(‘Read More’) function.

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