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Using blog excerpts

Blog excerpts give your readers a taste or teaser of a full blog post. If you write longer posts, or if your posts are heavy with images or videos, showing an excerpt instead of the full post makes it easier for viewers to browse your content in one place. When readers see a teaser that grabs their attention, they can click "Read more" to read the post in full.

You can add an excerpt in the Options tab of any blog post's settings.

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Add an excerpt

Add your excerpt text in the Options tab of any blog post's settings. 

To add an excerpt to a new post:

  1. Create a new post and add your post's content in the Content tab.
  2. Click the Options tab.
  3. Add introductory text or a summary of your post in the Excerpt field.
  4. Save the post and refresh the page.

To add an excerpt to an existing post:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages, then click your Blog Page. 
  2. Click a post title, then click Edit.
  3. Click the Options tab.
  4. Add introductory text or a summary of your post in the Excerpt field.
  5. Save the post and refresh the page.
Tip: In most templates, the excerpt will automatically include a "Read More" link.

If the excerpt doesn't appear on your site

Some templates give you the option to add excerpts without displaying them on your site.

If you've added an excerpt, saved, and refreshed the page, and the excerpt doesn't appear, you may need to enable excerpts in Page Settings, the Style Editor, or both. Follow the steps below to enable excerpts for your template.

Step 1 - Enable excerpts in Page Settings

In the following templates:

  • Brine family - Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West
  • Tremont family - Camino, Carson, Henson, Tremont
  • York family - Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori, York

You can either display full posts or excerpts. To show excerpts, enable them in Page Settings:

  1. From the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Hover over the Blog Page and click the .
  3. In the Features tab, select Excerpt.
  4. Click Save and refresh the page.
Tip: If you have multiple Blog Pages, enable excerpts in each Blog Page's Settings.

If the excerpts still don't appear, or if you're using a different template, move on to the next step.

Step 2 - Enable excerpts in the Style Editor

In the following templates, use the Style Editor to show excerpts. Templates are grouped by family:

Template family Style Editor section and tweak

Brine family

Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West

Blog: List, Show Excerpt

Skye family

Foundry, Indigo, Ready, Skye, Tudor

Blog Grid Options, Show Excerpt On Blog List

Tremont family 

Camino, Carson, Henson, Tremont

Blog: List, Show Excerpt

York family

Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori, York

Blog: List, Show Excerpt

Add an image (some templates)

Some templates can display an image with the excerpt. This is a great way to add a visual preview of your full blog post. The style varies by template. Here's an example of how it looks in the Pacific family:

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Depending on the template, you'll create this image either by adding a thumbnail image or Promoted Block:

The following templates include this option. To learn more, visit your template's guide. Templates are grouped by family.

Tip: In any template, you can display thumbnail images with excerpts in a Summary Block.

Template

Type of image

Special notes

Avenue

Promoted Block

 

Aviator

Aubrey, Aviator

Promoted Block

 

Brine family

Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West

Post thumbnail

Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt Style Editor tweaks.

Farro family

Farro, Haute

Post thumbnail

 

Five

Post thumbnail

 

Flatiron

Promoted Block

 

Ishimoto

Promoted Block or
Post thumbnail

Promoted Blocks override thumbnail images.

Montauk family

Julia, Kent, Montauk, Om

Promoted Block

 

Native

Post thumbnail

Displays as a circle. Won't display on mobile.

Pacific family

Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi, Pacific

Post thumbnail

 

Skye family

Foundry, Indigo, Ready, Skye, Tudor

Post thumbnail

 

Tremont family

Camino, Carson, Henson, Tremont

Post thumbnail Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt Style Editor tweaks.

Wells

Promoted Block
Post thumbnail

Check Disable Promoted Blocks in the Advanced Design panel to display post thumbnails instead.

Wexley

Promoted Block

 

York family

Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori, York

Post thumbnail

Check the Show Image and Show Excerpt Style Editor tweaks.

Read More links

In all templates, visitors can click the blog post title to read the full post. Most templates include a "Read More" link to prompt people to click through to the post. Some include a + or symbol as well.

There are a few exceptions:

  • Farro family (Farro, Haute) - No "Read More" link
  • Galapagos - Displays "Continue" and an arrow instead of "Read More"
  • Pacific family (Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi, Pacific) - No "Read More" link
  • Skye family (Foundry, Indigo, Ready, Skye, Tudor) - No "Read More" link

In most templates, the "Read More" link follows the font of your site's body text, and the color of your body link text. You can set these styles in the Style Editor.

There are a few exceptions: 

  • Brine family (Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West) - Use the Read More Link Font and Color tweaks in the Blog: Typography & Colors section of the Style Editor.
  • Five - No font style options.
  • Native - No font style options.
  • Tremont family (Camino, Carson, Henson, Tremont) - Use the Read More Link Font and Color tweaks in the Blog: Typography & Colors section.
  • York family (Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori, York) - Use the Read More Link Font and Color tweaks in the Blog: Typography & Colors section.
Tip: In any template, you can include a Read More link in a Summary Block.

Excerpts vs. full posts

How your Blog Page displays posts that don't have excerpts depends on your template's blog style.

In most template families, if your blog post doesn't have an excerpt, the full post displays instead. This means you can mix excerpts and full posts on your blog landing page. This example is from the Adirondack template:

example-mixed.png

 

In templates that support the grid/stacked Blog Page (Brine family, Tremont family, York family), you can either have excerpts or full text, but not both. If you've enabled excerpts, and you've chosen the stacked layout, ensure all your blog posts include excerpt text. Otherwise, you'll end up with blank areas on your blog landing page, like in this Brine example:

example-not-mixed.png

Templates with grid-only Blog Pages never show full posts. This includes these templates:

  • Farro family - Farro, Haute
  • Skye family - Foundry, Indigo, Ready, Skye, Tudor

Here's an example in the Farro template:

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Examples

A good excerpt piques your readers' interest. The type of excerpts that work for you will depend on your content and your readers, but here are some ideas to get you started.

Describe the post

Summarize the post in a sentence or two so readers know what it's all about. Here's an example in the Native template:

example-succulents.png

Tease the first paragraph

Copy and paste the first paragraph of the post and end it with an ellipses (...) to give readers a taste and indicate there's more to see. Here's an example in the Avenue template:

example-orchid.png

Ask a question

Asking an intriguing question can prompt readers to click through to discover the answer. Here's an example in the Farro template:

example-reservoir.png

Display excerpts in a Summary Block

Summary Blocks can present your latest blog posts in magazine-style layouts. You can add Summary Blocks to any area where you can add blocks, such as a Regular Page, content sidebar, or page header

For example, you can create an alternate landing page for your blog that includes excerpts and thumbnail images:

  1. From the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. Click the + icon and click Page, then Start Editing.
  3. In the page editor, add a Summary Block.
  4. In the Content tab, connect the block to your Blog Page.
  5. In the Display tab, ensure Show Excerpt, Show Thumbnail, and Show Read More Link are checked.
  6. Use the other options to style your block.
  7. Click Apply.

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