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Adding a custom Read More link

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Video: Adding a custom Read More link

When you display the excerpt, instead of the full content of a post on an index In the design, I created a very clear continue reading link with Now, I can save my new footer.

Adding a custom Read More link

When you display the excerpt, instead of the full content of a post on an index page, it's a good idea to provide a link to the post that is clearly visible. Yes, clicking on the post title will normally take you to the post, but that's not obvious to someone who has never visited a WordPress site or used the web before. Adding a dedicated link with clear instructions on what to do will provide a better, more logical and more communicative user experience for the visitor. In the design, I created a very clear continue reading link with an arrow at the bottom of each truncated post in the index pages.

And now we're going to add that in. Looking at the markup for the content of PHP template, we have an obvious location where we can place this link. It's in the footer that currently has the class entry footer. So here I want to place in a simple link that points to the current post, and I also want to add an arrow from fontawesome. And just a review, to add an icon from fontawesome, you can simply to go fontawesome.io. And find the correct insertion code. Here you see we have that i tag with the class for the correct icon.

if you go to the code snippets for this movie, you'll see here I have the footer and I've added an extra class called continued reading so that we can target specifically the link within it. And then I have the link itself. So I'm going to copy this out and replace the footer inside content.php. And here, if we look closely at the link, you'll see we start with a link. Then we get the permalink for the current post. And we set the title of the link to, continue reading, followed by the title of the post itself.

So if the post was called, Cats with Hats, it would say, continue reading Cats with Hats. We set the relation of the link to a bookmark, because it is a bookmark. And then finally, we display the words continue reading followed by the font awesome icon. And then we end the A tag. And all this is wrapped so that the translator can easily translate it. Now, I can save my new footer. And go back and reload my index page. And you'll see we have a link down here that says continue reading, followed by the icon.

And because I put this into the content of the php template, this new link will propagate throughout all of our archive pages. So now that we have the mark-up, we need to add the style, because right now the link is too small and the icon is jamming right up against the text. So here I'm going to go back to my cold snippets and find 2 very basic rules. So I'm going to copy out everything including the comment here, go to style.css. And if you look at the table of contents for underscores you'll see there's currently no area for index pages, so I'm going to add a new area for index pages inside content after comments.

So I'm going to first navigate to 11, and then directly above 11 I'll paste in my new code so this will eventually become 10.4. And within this code you see I target the continue reading class that we added to the footer. So here you see we have the continue reading class. And I say anything with in the continue reading class has a margin of four rems on the top and the bottom, font weight of 900, and font size of 18. And then finally, I'm targeting the I tag within the continue reading class, so that is the icon.

And I'm giving that a margin on the left of .5 Ms, so that it separates from the text. Save the style sheet, reload my page, and now we have a nice link at the bottom of each of our posts and index pages. Now I can go to any other archive page and see that we have the same link on the bottom. Click on the link. You go straight to the individual post.

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  1. 10m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. What to know before you start this course
      2m 40s
    3. How this course and the lesson files work
      3m 12s
    4. Introducing Simone: A preview of the final project
      3m 59s
  2. 21m 28s
    1. Installing and running WordPress on your computer
      3m 53s
    2. Getting and installing Underscores
      4m 11s
    3. Installing WordPress Theme Unit Test data
      4m 18s
    4. Installing the Developer plugin
      2m 58s
    5. Installing and setting up NetBeans or another IDE
      6m 8s
  3. 16m 15s
    1. Designing for mobile, content, and style
      4m 52s
    2. How do WordPress themes work?
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding the WordPress template hierarchy
      2m 19s
    4. Underscores: An overview
      4m 16s
  4. 37m 5s
    1. Setting up style.css
      4m 47s
    2. Configuring baseline settings and functions
      6m 6s
    3. Enabling custom fonts and font icons
      5m 44s
    4. Applying global styles
      5m 11s
    5. Styling basic layout components
      6m 19s
    6. Making the site layout responsive
      8m 58s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Styling the default header
      6m 25s
    2. Hiding the site title and tagline
      5m 32s
    3. Adding an optional header image function
      5m 23s
    4. Placing the header image behind the site title
      5m 58s
  6. 40m 55s
    1. Setting up menus
      3m 12s
    2. Styling the menu
      7m 42s
    3. Using Superfish for accessible menus
      8m 0s
    4. Making the menu responsive
      7m 3s
    5. Creating a custom social media menu
      5m 51s
    6. Styling the menu with icons from Font Awesome
      9m 7s
  7. 18m 9s
    1. Adding the search form
      6m 27s
    2. Adding the search icon
      6m 55s
    3. Adding show/hide functionality to the search form with jQuery
      4m 47s
  8. 33m 20s
    1. Adding a widgetized area to the footer
      7m 10s
    2. Using the Monster widget plugin to test all widgets
      2m 11s
    3. Styling the footer
      3m 6s
    4. General widget styling
      5m 33s
    5. Adding custom styles to specific widgets
      7m 34s
    6. Using Masonry to make footer widgets responsive
      7m 46s
  9. 54m 49s
    1. Changing the Single Post Template content structure
      5m 54s
    2. Changing the output of meta elements
      7m 2s
    3. Styling the Single Post Template
      7m 57s
    4. Making post meta responsive
      6m 21s
    5. Styling blockquotes
      5m 39s
    6. Creating pull quotes and pull images
      5m 1s
    7. Working with image captions
      4m 27s
    8. Working with image galleries
      4m 57s
    9. Single-post navigation
      7m 31s
  10. 30m 23s
    1. Working with the comments template
      8m 42s
    2. Using Gravatars in comments
      2m 42s
    3. Styling comments
      7m 26s
    4. Highlighting post author comments
      3m 36s
    5. Styling the comment form and messages
      7m 57s
  11. 18m 43s
    1. How do featured images (post thumbnails) work?
      2m 57s
    2. Defining featured image sizes
      3m 30s
    3. Generating new featured images with a plugin
      1m 46s
    4. Adding featured images to a template
      5m 7s
    5. Styling the featured image
      5m 23s
  12. 1h 2m
    1. The index template hierarchy
      2m 21s
    2. Customizing and styling index templates
      10m 10s
    3. Displaying excerpts or full content on index pages
      3m 6s
    4. Adding a custom Read More link
      3m 48s
    5. Adding featured images
      4m 0s
    6. Creating custom pagination navigation
      6m 4s
    7. Highlighting Sticky Posts
      2m 55s
    8. Creating custom post format templates
      5m 30s
    9. Highlighting the most recent post in the index template
      7m 22s
    10. Embracing modular design
      2m 29s
    11. Working with archive.php
      5m 54s
    12. Customizing the search results and the 404 template
      8m 28s
  13. 9m 7s
    1. Styling pages
      3m 4s
    2. Creating custom page templates
      6m 3s
  14. 4m 30s
    1. Adding editor styles to match front-end styles
      4m 30s
  15. 2m 20s
    1. Further learning
      2m 20s

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