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Should you use excerpts or full posts on your front page?

There has been much debate recently among bloggers who blog about blogging about whether to use full or partial posts on your front page. As you may have noticed many bloggers are putting the blog on page two and using more a portal type front page to the website. This allows you to show your visitors more posts. The hope is that you get more page views. Good posts that are old can resurface to the front of your website. It also makes it easier for visitors to find things of interest.

In your WordPress blog it is very easy to switch between partial and full posts. Edit your Main Index Template and just change the line from one to the other.

For full posts use:

<?php the_content(‘Read the rest of this entry . . .’); ?>

For excerpt use:

<?php the_excerpt(); ?>

The Debate:
Full posts vs partial posts, on the homepage
Full posts or excerpts?
Increase your Alexa rank with post excerpts
Post excerpts on the homepage?
Read more links or full posts?

Cool Themes of this sort:
Jello wala mello
Revolution Magazine
Digs’em WordPress Theme

Here is a very simple demonstration using the WordPress Classic Theme, you should be able to look at the changes I made to the style.css and index.php page and alter your own favorite theme to this format.

Download Magazine Style Classic WP Theme