Tag Archives: wordpress themes

How to shorten the_content() in WordPress Themes

If you’ve ever created a WordPress Theme and you’re not happy with the way it outputs text to your theme, you might be interested in a handy plugin called the_excerpt_reloaded(). You can

  • shorten the number of words being printed to screen
  • you can add a handy “Read More” or whatever link
  • allow or disallow certain HTML tags (nice!)
  • and quite a bit more.

Have a look at

the_excerpt_reloaded can replace any of the traditional WordPress Functions and do a lot more.

  • the_content()
  • the_excerpt()
  • the_content_rss() (depreciated and unreliable in WP version 2.7)
  • the_excerpt_rss()

Happy Theming!

How to add a NEW THEME to your site

One of the most amazing things about WordPress is that you can select a completely new layout for your site at the touch of a button. It’s just as easy to upload a new theme to your library – try it out for yourself.

Here’s what you do:

  • download and un-zip your theme, so you end up with (usually) a folder of the theme’s name
  • use an FTP client (like Filezilla) to access your webspace
  • find a directory called wp-content/themes
  • upload your entire un-zipped folder into this folder
  • log into your WordPress Site (usually at http://www.example.com/wp-admin)
  • navigate to APPEARANCE – THEMES
  • find your theme and activate it
  • sit back and enjoy your site in a new layout

You can find plenty of free and commercial themes around the net if you google WordPress Themes.

I’ve put together a list of good sites here.