The “Read More” Feature allows you to break your post up into a small lead in, keeping the front page of your blog or site nice and tidy. It looks something like this:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Lorem ipsum  amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

When one clicks the Read More link, s/he is taken to the full post.

To use the feature, place your cursor in the place you would like your link to live. For instance, in this post, I placed my cursor after the word “rebum.”

Then click the icon illustrated above. When you hover over it with your mouse it will say “Insert more” tag Alt+Shift+T.¬† The Alt+Shift+T allows you to use that key combination instead of moving your mouse to click the icon.

Why should I use the Read More feature?

  • keeps the site tidy
  • keeps the design intact
  • keeps current content visible
  • allows you to track your readership better

For instance, say you have written a 6,000 word piece and you post it. All of a sudden, your sidebars look empty because your site becomes extremely long, and your earlier content is buried under 6000 words. (You can see how long this post is with only 425 words.) Burying content translates into a loss of readership and potential value decrease (in the event you ever wish to sell your site).

Also, by having the Read More feature intact, it allows you to see more clearly which posts your readers are interested in reading because the reader is required to activate a link, rather than passively reading it on your front page.

So use the feature, and use it often. Everyone will be glad that you did.