Need Plug-in To Insert Post Excerpts Into Pages

  • realmedia

    #39268

    I am NOT going to use a plug-in that has not been tested and deemed compatible with the current version of WordPress, especially one that has not been updated in OVER TWO YEARS!

    Can you recommend something that is compatible with the current version of WordPress?

    realmedia

    #39269

    WHAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? I DO NOT WANT TO DIRECT MY VISITORS TO ARCHIVE PAGES!!! I WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO CLICK ON THE VARIOUS MENU BUTTONS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE AND THEN BE ABLE SEE EXCERPTS OF THE ARTICLES THAT WERE ALSO POSTED TO THE FRONT PAGE.

    CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH AN OPTION THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE SENDING THEM TO ARCHIVE PAGES?

    Prasanna SP

    #39270

    Just because it hasn’t been updated recently doesn’t mean it is not compatible with current WordPress release. It is working fine with Ken’s blog, AFAIK.

    There are plenty of such plugins. Check those plugins yourself and use one which suits your needs.

    If you don’t want to use a third party plugin, build a custom archives page yourself. There are many tutorials on creating WordPress custom archives page.

    I have such a custom title-only archives page http://www.prasannasp.net/archives/ .Excerpt can be easily added for that.

    realmedia

    #39271

    You know, I appreciate your trying to help me. It is just frustrating when you don’t read my messages thoroughly.

    First of all, the FYI section of the plug-in’s Description page says that it is not compatible with the current version. Look at this text, which I copied directly from the Description page: Compatible up to: 3.1.4. The current version of WordPress is 3.5.2.

    Further evidence that you simply don;t understand what I am trying to do is that you KEEP TRYING TO SUGGEST THAT I USE OR CREATE AN ARCHIVES PAGE. I DO ********************NOT*********************WANT TO USE AN ARcHIVES PAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT MY VISITORS TO BE ABLE TO GO TO ONE OF THE PAGES LISTED IN THE MENU AT THE TOP OF MY SITE, AND GO TO A ***REGULAR*** – NOT AN ARCHIVES PAGES – WHERE THEY CAN FIND THE SAME EXCERPT.

    WHAT IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THIS REQUEST???!!!

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #39272

    OK, some timeout is much needed here.

    I’m gonna give you the benefit of the doubt here that maybe this is your first time asking help from a free support forum, that maybe you’re not well-versed with the acceptable etiquette in such forums. And maybe you’ve overlooked the notice on the registration page of this forum that asks you to read the forum rules first before registering.

    If you can’t calm down, take a step back, collect yourself, and then come back and be civil, then don’t come back at all.

    Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what we don’t understand:

    You want to create a page that lists the excerpts of all posts that belong to certain categories or tags, and you want your visitors to be able to go to such page by clicking a link on the main menu. Now, how does this differ from an archive page, which lists the excerpts of the posts that belong to certain categories or tags, that your visitors can go directly to by clicking on a link in the main menu?

    There are a multitude of reasons why we don’t provide a step-by-step solution as to how you can create a page that lists the excerpts of all posts that belong to certain categories or tags. Firstly, it’s not so straightforward to implement. Secondly, (maybe with a gift of foresight) we see many issues that will crop up later on if you decide to do it that way.

    For example, you will need to create a page for every single categories and tags that you create, now and in the future. You will also need to implement pagination on such pages so that if a single category has hundreds of posts assigned to it, their excerpts won’t all appear on the same, single, very long page.

    Third, those (unused) archive pages will still be there, and contain roughly the same content of your to-be-created pages that list excerpts of posts that belong to certain categories or tags, thus maybe search engines will see this as duplicate contents and penalise the ranking of your site’s pages.

    So rather than send you on your way to the issues above (which you’ll probably come back to this forum to ask support for later on), we recommended the much easier and straightforward alternative, which happens to have no difference with the features you wanted from the way you described it: use the archive pages.

    realmedia

    #39273

    I understand that this support forum is a free service, and I honestly and sincerely appreciate being able to take advantage of it. I want to make it clear that I was calm the first two or three times that I made the request. However, after receiving basically the same reply over and over, I became frustrated, as anyone would.

    Here’s my objection to using the archives and just linking the appropriate menu buttons to them: the fact that the wording “Category Archive: ____________” appears at the top of the page. I feel like the wording “Category Archive:” cheapens my site and makes it look bad. If there is a way – short of having to edit the code, which I don;t want to do – to remove the wording “Category Archive:” at the top of page, and just have the name of the category appear there, I could live with that.

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #39274
    Quote:
    I feel like the wording “Category Archive:” cheapens my site and makes it look bad.

    Then you should have said this the first time you received this advice, instead of SHOUTING at us and making us (well, me, at least) feel disinclined toward spending any more time helping you.

    Quote:
    If there is a way – short of having to edit the code, which I don;t want to do – to remove the wording “Category Archive:” at the top of page, and just have the name of the category appear there, I could live with that.

    Yes, it’s possible. You will need to set up a child theme so that you can make use of a custom functions.php file. The code you need has been mentioned before in this forum; feel free to search for it, as I don’t have the time at the moment. Try searching for “changing theme strings” or something similar.

    (And you’re quite right that you shouldn’t edit the theme’s core files, as this can cause all sorts of issues.)

    realmedia

    #39275

    If you will refer to my initial responses to both you and Syahir, you will see that I did, in fact, indicate that I did not want to use the Archives pages.

    I have copied them, below.

    ‘Yes, but I don’t want the site visitor to have to go to the archives page for each category. I want the post to go to the “Art” page, for example, not the “Archive Page: Art” page.’

    ‘As I indicated previously, I don’t want my visitors to have to go an “archive” page. I want them to go to one of the pages in my header menu and be able to view a page containing excerpts of all of the articles on that page, with the ability to click on “Read more” to see the full article.”

    Setting up a child theme and fooling around with the custom functions .php files is the same as altering the code, in my mind. All of this is beyond the limits of my technical expertise. I need a current-version compatible plug-in or some other non-tech reliant solution or I will just use some type of work-around, like copying and pasting the article into a regular page, and using the “read more” function in the editor to create an excerpt. This would definitely be more work, but would involve less risk, in that I would not be fooling around with something that is outside my capabilities.

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    Syahir Hakim

    #39276
    Quote:
    Setting up a child theme and fooling around with the custom functions .php files is the same as altering the code, in my mind. All of this is beyond the limits of my technical expertise. I need a current-version compatible plug-in or some other non-tech reliant solution or I will just use some type of work-around, like copying and pasting the article into a regular page, and using the “read more” function in the editor to create an excerpt. This would definitely be more work, but would involve less risk, in that I would not be fooling around with something that is outside my capabilities.

    Unless you actually hire a developer to create a plugin for you, chances are there won’t be any plugin that would fit your specific needs exactly.

    Setting up a child theme is actually easier than you might think, but barring that, you can achieve the same effect by using a bit of (rather dirty) Custom CSS:

    .archive-title {
    font-size: 0;
    padding-bottom: 3px;
    }
    .archive-title span {
    font-size: 16px;
    }
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