Make an Excerpt View on your Divi Theme Blog Archive
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Make an Excerpt View on your Divi Theme Blog Archive


– Hey y’all, I’m Kori Ashton. And it’s another WordPress Wednesday. Today I’m speaking to the Divi Nation. Those of you out there running WordPress, using the Divi theme from Elegant Themes. I’m gonna show you today, how to create an excerpt
inside of your blog feed. So right now, on my website
I’m using the Divi theme. And you’re gonna see,
as I’m on my blog page, you notice up here, I’m on my blog page, I’m going through, and it has the full article listed. Even though in the backend of my website I say only display the summary. It still extends the entire darn thing. And then there’s my next blog post, that extends the entire darn thing. So how do you create an excerpt, or the summary view, for the Divi theme? I’m gonna show you the code
that you plug in right now. (upbeat electronic music) So the first thing that you
wanna do, without hesitation, is be absolutely certain
that you have a backup of your website in place, right
not, before you go further. So if you’re running on
WP Engine or Liquid Web or any of these other amazing
hosting companies out there, be certain that there’s a backup in place, the most recent version and
that you know how to get to it, in case something breaks right now. Because we’re gonna go dabble in some PHP. Don’t get nervous though, you don’t have to know how to write code. I can help you, and we’re
only going to change one word. Okay, now that you know for
certain you have a backup and you know how to get to
it, we can move forward. The best plan would be
to have a child theme in place right now. So that when Divi sends an alert that there’s an update
available for the theme, you’re able to click that update and this customization
that we’re about to do, stays in place. However, in this particular
tutorial I’m gonna show you just how to go in and do what
we call, “Cowboy coding,” and get it done right now. If you ever do click update for the theme, you’re gonna have to repeat this step. So, best practice would
be to make a child theme. I’ll show you that in a follow up video. For now, let’s go get this done. Over here, under Appearance, you’re gonna click on theme editor. Jumping into this area, thankfully you have a backup in place, don’t get intimidated, because we really are just gonna go change one file, one word. Over here on the right side, I want you to do a search for index.php. Click on that, that’s gonna
open up one of the main files of your WordPress website. On this particular screen,
you can do a command F, if you’re on a Mac, or do a
search for the word truncate. And you’re looking for this, right here, truncate post 270. Now, by default, Divi
says: else get the content, What we’re changing is the word “content.” We’re gonna change that,
to the word “excerpt.” That’s it. Click update, we’ll jump back here to the front side of our website. Notice that it has the full darn article. I’m gonna click refresh and you notice now, it’s got
all of them beautifully stacked with the truncated version of the excerpt, all clickable, easily able to go into. And this is going to affect every single one of your archive, or your main category pages. So if I were to go to favorite plugins, the same function is gonna be there now. Beautifully added in, truncating every single
one of these excerpts. It’s exciting! It’s that easy! But remember, the moment you click update on your Divi theme it’s gonna revert back to the original content
tag that was there, right? Get content. So, what I’m gonna ask
you to do is follow up. I’m gonna do another video,
I’ll put the link below, if you wanna do this for a permanent fix, I want you to make a child theme file for your index.php file. I’ll show you how to do that next time. I hope you’re having a
great WordPress Wednesday. If you like stuff like this, I have an entire playlist
for the Divi theme on this channel. And, I produce videos like
this every single Wednesday helping you improve your online marketing inside the world of WordPress. So be sure to subscribe, click the bells, so you get those notifications and I’ll see you next time. Bye, y’all! (electronic music) (bell rings)

5 Comments

  • Christine C

    What is special about the Divi theme that it warrants being treated separately from other themes? Is it just because it's popular or another reason? Just wondering. Loving your WP videos. Thanks Kori!

  • Pauline Merlin

    H Kori, thanks for this video. I was wondering what theme you 'd advise since I see that you are using Divi. I guess you have tried others. Why choose this one in particular?

  • Decor8yourlife Scrapbooking & Card Making

    Hi Kori! I appreciate all the helpful info that you provide on your channel. Lately, I've come across an issue when sharing my posts on social media. The thumbnails won't come up. I've done a bit of back-tracking and the issue appears to surface on April 1st (bad April fool's joke if you ask me!). I'm wondering if anyone else is having this issue. I'm aware that this has been an ongoing thing for facebook and people claim to use Yoast as a fix. Been there. Done that. Cleared cache. Cleared data. disabled plug-ins. activate new social media plug-ins. Done the facebook developers scraper tool. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Do you have any insight as to what may be happening? Thanks in advance. – Sandi

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