WordPress Read More Plugins to Help You Control Your Excerpts

Nearly everyone with a website wants their visitors to “read more.”

And by that I mean they want their readers to click on the little link at the bottom of an excerpt that by default these days says, “Continue Reading.”

Below we’ve collected some “read more” plugins to help you gain more control over your excerpts, the links that go with them, and in some cases, even their corresponding full posts as well.

Read More Right Here – Download Here

With this plugin, when you click the “Continue Reading” link, the content will load right there on your homepage. If you click it again, the content will be hidden again.

Once a reader realizes this, it makes clicking on a link much less of a “big deal.” (Yes, this is where we are in the world.)

Your content still exists on its single page, of course. This just makes navigating your homepage more rewarding. You get the benefit of excerpts (scanning multiple posts and more content above the fold) and the benefit of showing your full posts all in the same place.

To use this plugin, just click your “More” button as you normally would, and the plugin takes care of the rest.

And then here’s the result.


AJAX Read More – Download Here

The AJAX Read More plugin is very similar to the plugin above, with a few minor differences. With this plugin, the “Continue Reading” link disappears once the rest of the content is loaded. Some may prefer that for a cleaner look; however, that also means that the user can’t hide the content again by clicking the link.


Auto Excerpt Everywhere – Download Here

This plugin lets you show excerpts on your homepage without touching any code. We have actually talked about this excerpt plugin before. So you can see some of the settings in that post.

In any case, here’s a quick rundown of what this plugin will let you do.

  • Turn excerpts on
  • Control the length of excerpts
  • Change the “Read more” text
  • Control thumbnails – off/on plus size control


Auto Read More Generator – Download Here

This plugin automatically cuts off post after the first image and first paragraph. If you don’t have an image at the beginning of the post, it will cut the post off after the first paragraph.

In order to install this plugin, you will need to dig into your code a little. While the plugin above requires no digging into code, it will only show the text excerpt. This plugin allows an image to show as well.

On the pages where you want the full post replaced by a one-paragraph excerpt (for example on the homepage or on category pages), you will need to replace …


with the following:



StripTease – Download Here

When you follow the “Continue Reading” link in WordPress, by default it not only takes you to the full post, but it also jumps you down to the spot where the original “Continue Reading” link was placed so that you can continue on where you left off.

Some people find this disorienting. Enter the StripTease plugin. It makes it so you go to the beginning of the post.


WP Nofollow More Links – Download Here

This plugin, quite simply, does exactly what you’d expect – it puts a no-follow tag on your “Continue Reading” link for SEO purposes. Google would say that this doesn’t matter, that all links on a page leak PageRank, be they follow or no-follow. Some SEOs, however, put a mirror up to everything Google says in public.

You can decide for yourself.

Manually Change the More Tag

And finally, one last way to affect your “Read More” link is to manually change it. (As we explained before in this “More Tag” post about using this trick to pull in more readers.)

You do this by simply adding whatever words you’d like to the “more tag” in the HTML view of your editor.

So, for example, your normal “more tag” looks like this:


And I’m going to change it to say, “CLICK THIS LINK NOW!” by setting it up like so:

<!--more CLICK THIS LINK NOW! -->


And here’s the result.

Photo: Read more round metallic button from BigStock

5 Responses

  • My frustration with Read More in WP is when using manual excerpts: with the default WordPress behavior, it seems, no Read More link appears after excerpts and you have to add it some other way (theme modification, functions edit). This has been a bothersome, but tertiary problem, so I’m posting here for feedback. Even though I have a manual excerpt, I need the “Read More” link at the end!

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    Joe – I’m not sure I understand your situation exactly. If you use the “more” button on the visual editor to create a “manual excerpt” (this is what I would call a manual excerpt – when you do it yourself with the “more” button), then the link should appear. This is a WordPress function, and it shouldn’t have anything to do with your theme. If it’s not working, then something definitely seems to be wrong. Maybe it’s a theme issue. Maybe there’s some plugin that’s conflicting with the function. … I’ve never had the “read more” link not appear for me.

    But as I said, I’m not sure if I get your situation completely. Maybe I’m misreading you.

  • Joseph: I needed to be more clear, and thanks for your reply.

    I never use the “–More–” tag in the WP editor. Most of my excerpts are handcrafted in the post Excerpt field (they’re summaries of the post’s content, not the first 50-some words, as you’ve demostrated).

    On archive/category pages, in many WP themes, ones that are set up display excerpts, if you use an automatic excerpt, or use the “More” link, the “Read More” link appears at the end each excerpt. BUT, as soon as you use a manual excerpt, the “Read More” link disappears.

    Perhaps this is all off topic, but I was hoping this might be the right place for this question. So thanks in advance, sir, and anyone reading.

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