Manually define to show full post or excerpt on your homepage

January 23, 2009 · Print This Article

Do you use excerpts or full posts on your blog excerpts?

Personnally, I think they’re both good.

The only problem is that you can’t, by default, use both excerpts and full posts on your blog homepage.

Here’s a code to do it.

On your index.php file, replace your current loop by this one:


<?php if (have_posts()) :
while (have_posts()) : the_post();
$customField = get_post_custom_values("full");
if (isset($customField[0])) {
//Custom field is set, display a full post
} else {
// No custom field set, let's display an excerpt

On the code above, the default is excerpts. When you want to show a full post on your blog homepage, simply edit the post and create a custom field named full and give it any value.

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One Response to “Manually define to show full post or excerpt on your homepage”

  1. acepek on May 5th, 2010 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the useful code! I think you were missing a right curly bracket before the endwhile; though. I’ve added it to the theme of my site, tested it, and it worked great. I simplified it a bit by moving the title call before the if statement. Here is the code I used:

    have_posts()) : $recentPosts->the_post(); ?>

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    Thanks again!

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