Limiting Post Excerpts On Front Page

  • realmedia

    #7762

    I am using a blog posts-style front page, with the EXCERPTS of all of the posts that I mark as “Sticky” being inserted in descending (or reverse) chronological order (newest at top).

    I want to limit the number of post excerpts that appear, so that my page loads faster. i want the older excerpts to be pushed off of the page.

    I do not want to insert the full posts on the front page, only the excerpts.

    How can I accomplish this?

    My website is http://www.thisisrealmedia.com.

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #39195

    Use the Custom Post Limits plugin.

    realmedia

    #39196

    The Custom Posts Limits is only compatible up to WordPress version 3.3.2 and hasn’t been updated in nearly 18 months. I am reluctant to use this, for fear that it will cause problems with my site.

    Can you recommend anything else?

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #39197

    It should be fine, I’ve been using it for a long time now. Not all plugins need to be updated regularly. For some functionality such as that the plugin provides, there’s generally no need to update it if the relevant codes in WordPress core hasn’t changed.

    Try it first. If it doesn’t work, then find something else on the WordPress plugins repo.

    realmedia

    #39198

    Is there a risk that it will damage or corrupt my site?

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #39199

    I thought of a long-winded answer as to how everything has risks and you can’t absolutely avoid it, but… no, it won’t damage or corrupt your site.

    realmedia

    #39200

    You are absolutely right: everything has risks. However, I figure that when a notice is inserted on the plug-in’s Description page which reads “Warning: This plugin has not been tested with your current version of WordPress,” and the FYI indicates that the plug-in has not been updated in 739 days and is multiple versions of WordPress behind, in terms of testing, I am not inclined to risk the functionality of my website on this.

    I will just continue to search for a plug-in that is kept up-to-date and, thus, minimizes my risk down to a level that I find acceptable.

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #39201
    Quote:
    FYI indicates that the plug-in has not been updated in 739 days and is multiple versions of WordPress behind

    You know, WordPress only added that warning about a year ago (IIRC), but as Syahir pointed out, unless the relevant codes in the WordPress core have changed, it shouldn’t be an issue.

    Quote:
    I am not inclined to risk the functionality of my website on this. I will just continue to search for a plug-in that is kept up-to-date and, thus, minimizes my risk down to a level that I find acceptable.

    So what do you do if such a plugin doesn’t exist? You have three options:

    1) Set up a test server environment, either somewhere else on your server or in an AMP environment, so you can test these things out. I usually run updates through my test server first, to see what issues, if any, comeup.

    2) Learn to write your own WordPress plugins, so that you can either create the plugin you need or take over an abandoned plugin and keep it up to date. (Yes, this happens on occasion. The license that WordPress is packaged under allows for this.)

    3) Hire someone to do it. You can do so at http://jobs.wordpress.net/

    realmedia

    #39202

    Options 1 and 2 are not viable, since I do not possess the necessary technical skills to pull this off.

    I have no interest in paying someone to provide a solution. I will simply go into the “Posts” section of my dashboard and mark the older posts as “Non-sticky,” so that they are no longer on the front page. This is more work for me, but if there are not other options, this is the route that I will take.

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