The excerpt is an optional summary or description of a post; in short, a post summary.

The Excerpt has two main uses:

  • It replaces the full content in RSS feeds when the option to display summaries is selected in Dashboard → Settings → Reading.
  • Depending on the theme, it can be displayed in places where quick summaries are preferable to full content:
    • Search results
    • Tag archives
    • Category archives
    • Monthly archives
    • Author archives

For your posts excerpts to be displayed correctly, you’ll need to use one of these options:

The More Tag

Use the Insert More Tag button on your blog’s text editor (next to the spellchecker button).

This will truncate your post content in a particular word or paragraph.

In the example below, the homepage would only display “This is my excerpt” with a Read More link at the bottom. Then, it would show the whole post: “This is my excerpt. This is a ‘More’ tag (…)”.


Manuel Excerpts

Insert a manual excerpt of your post in the Excerpt box, while you’re adding or editing your post.