How to Break Up your WordPress Posts

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One that that kinda bugged my about WordPress was that it seemed like I couldn’t break up my posts.

You know, where you get the first paragraph or 2 and then you have to click a link to continue reading.

I like this style because it keeps the category and other archive pages cleaner – you don’t have thousands of words per page showing the entire article.  This also helps with a site’s SEO because it lowers the overall keyword count, making the page more relevant for more terms than if you had full posts on the page.

When I first did this site I did it in Moveable Type because, at the time, it was a more advanced and more stable publishing platform that seemed to have more features.

But then I found, after some experimentation, that WordPress had gotten much better.  Not only has it caught up to Moveable Type, in my opinion it has surpassed it.

So I decided to migrate my original site to WordPress when I applied the new style. But the one thing that MT did really well that WP doesn’t is allow you to have that “more” link to break up your posts.

I didn’t think WP could do this until I started going through my old posts and noticed that ones that I imported from MT had the original breaks in them that I had before, yet the new ones I added to WP since then did not.

So I began going through my old posts and found something simple in the code.  What I first thought was merely a comment tag was the magic bullet I was looking for.

By putting the opening comment tag (the <!–) followed by the word “more” (without quotes of course) followed by the closing comment tag ( –>) allowed me to put that magical break in.

Simply switch to HTML view withing your “Add New Post” editor and place the code where you want it, then save it.  When you go to view your new post on your site you will see the continue reading link.

simple eh?

So now, I add it to all my posts to keep my archives shorter and keep my readers in suspense 🙂

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