WordPress question; how do you show only a few lines of a post on the front page?

Question by WhiteIrishReadHead: WordPress question; how do you show only a few lines of a post on the front page?
I have a wordpress blog, and when I post an article, the entire article shows up on the front page, no matter how long it is. I want only 3-4 lines to show, so that the reader has to click on it to see the whole article. I have tried to fill in the “excerpt” box, but I didn’t see any changes.

So please, anyone with WordPress experience, 10 points will be given to the right answer!

Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Windowphobe
(The following assumes you’re on a self-hosted WP blog; you can’t generally make template changes like this on wordpress.com.)

In your Main Index Template (index.php), somewhere within The Loop, you’ll find

Change this to read:

The default excerpt is 55 words. If you want to change this length, you have to add a filter to functions.php.

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One comment

  1. Adrian Snell says:

    When you want to post article , click your HTML tab. from there you can insert “more” option on the line in your article. Just choose how long you want your post to show on the front page and insert the “more” option after the line.

    Your post will be broken by “read more” link then :)

    Good luck

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