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How to Properly Use the More Tag in WordPress

Do you want to a show a summary of your article on your homepage with a read more link? WordPress comes with two built-in methods that allows you to do that. One of these methods is known as the More Tag. In this article, we will show you how to properly use the More Tag in WordPress.

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Adding the More Tag in WordPress

Adding the More Tag in your posts is quite simple. Simply start by writing a new post or edit an existing one.

Once you’re done writing, you will need to click on a line where you would like to end the summary and show a read more link. Next, click on the More Tag button from the toolbar.

Adding the more tag in a WordPress post using the visual editor

You will notice that a dashed line with ‘More’ in the center will appear in your blog post. You can insert the more tag anywhere in the post, like in the mid sentence, in the middle of a paragraph, or after the first paragraph.

If you are using the text editor, then you can use the ‘more’ button in the toolbar or manually enter the more tag like this:


What’s the Advantage of using More Tag vs Excerpts

Remember earlier we mentioned that WordPress comes with two built-in methods for showing the post summary with read more link. Those methods are More Tag and Excerpts.

You can add an excerpt for any post using the Excerpt box in your post editor screen. If you do not see that box, then click on the screen options tab on the top right hand corner and check the excerpt option.

This will display an excerpt meta box below your post editor.

Excerpt meta box below post editor in WordPress

While excerpts may sound like an easier option, there are two downsides to using an excerpt.

The first is that excerpts are completely theme dependent. If your theme does not use the_excerpt tag, then no matter what you type in the excerpt box, your theme will show the full content of your post on your homepage and archive pages.

The second downside to using excerpts is that they do not show images or any other formatting for that matter. They’re displayed as plain text.

Whereas the More Tag is completely theme independent meaning it will work on all well-coded WordPress themes. Second, it allows you to display images and all post formatting such as links, quotes, bold/italics, etc in your post summary.

What’s the Downside of using More Tag

The biggest downside of using the WordPress More Tag is that it is something you have to manually enter in all of your posts whereas excerpts are automated.

While WordPress allows you to enter a custom excerpts in the excerpt box, it can also auto-generate an excerpt based on your character count.

Depending on your preference, this may be a downside.

The other downside of using a More Tag is if you use a theme that uses excerpts, then it will override the More Tag and provide an excerpt with the length defined by your theme.

Whether you use More Tag or excerpts, it’s important that you show a summary on your homepage and archive pages rather than showing full content. See our article on the topic, full Text vs summary (excerpt) in your WordPress archive pages.

Common WordPress More Tag Problems

The biggest issue we hear with WordPress More Tag not working is when it comes to pages.

By default, you cannot use the More Tag in WordPress pages. However, there is a quick fix that allows you to add read more tag in WordPress pages.

Another common issue is more tag not working on homepage. If you are using a static page as your custom homepage, then the link above should fix the issue.

The only other reason why more tag won’t work on the homepage is if your theme is designed to show excerpts on the front page in which case your more tag is being overridden, and you should use excerpts instead.

We hope this article helped you learn how to properly use the more tag in WordPress. You may also want to check out our CSS Hero, a WordPress plugin that helps make design customization easy – see our full CSS Hero review.

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25 CommentsLeave a Reply

    • The article was last updated in 2015, we will look into updating it when able. For the block editor, you would use the more block :)


    • This article was created before the block editor was added, to do this now you would add the more block to your post :)


    • If the plugin does not mention it in the documentation then the simplest method would be to test it to see if the read more works properly


  1. I am wondering if I am able to change the wording in the read more tag. Like if I wanted it to say. Click to carry on reading?

  2. You never explain what to do after you insert the “read more” tag. Nothing happens on my wp page when I insert the tag in the middle of a content box. I mean, is it supposed to automatically hide the rest of the text? You just tell us to insert the tag and that is that.

  3. Hi,

    I got the same problem, it’s not working when using More Tag in my post which appeared in my static page .

    I tried to read those given blogs and explaination but it is really hard to understand it.

    Could anyone help to give a tutorial or a detail example?

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Is there a way to use ‘More Tag’ not just for excerpt purposes, but to actually toggle hide/unhide specific paragraphs of your post unless tag/button is clicked or hovered by reader? If not, then, are there any other alternatives to apply a similar effect without using shortcodes/plug-ins or css (as I am using a simple account)? If there REALLY is none, then I might be willing to explore other options but hopefully without having to pay anything…?

    I would be grateful for some guidance. Thanks!

  5. If I want to change the location of the ‘more tag’ how do I cancel a more tag break? I’ve tried a couple of times to simply delete it and it deletes not only the more tag but all the text above it. If I add a more tag in a new position the old more tag remains.

    Is there any clean way of undoing a more tag?

  6. Question: When the user clicks on the “continue reading” link, it goes to a spot in the blog where the link was. That is, it goes to a page using something like this:

    The “#more” parameter has “-227” after it indicating that the visual top of page should start at “position 227”.

    But I want the visual top of the page to be the actual top of the page. If I manually change the URL to take off the “#more” parameter, then the actual top of the page is shown – which is what I want.

    How do I make this happen automatically when I add the more tag in my post?


  7. Hi! Can I change the “read more” text? How can I do that? I want to put it in Spanish. Thank you.


  9. I have seen the same information everywhere, yet nothing happens when I insert the more tag option. I receive the dotted line, but it does not hide the larger portions of my post thereby leaving me with a post too large on my homepage. I am looking for perhaps an HTML version so I can do it manually.

    • If you are using the text editor, then you can use the ‘more’ button in the toolbar or manually enter the more tag like this:

    • Sam,

      I write blog posts on subfolders. When I use the “more” tag, it doesn’t show up on the actual post itself. When I’m on the blog landing page and it shows all the blogs with a truncated entry with a clickable “more” button. Clicking this opens the full post.

      Hope this helps.

  10. All that has happened is that part of the Blog post has disappeared using More tag. Is it supposed to reappear somewhere?

  11. Are either of these a good tactic for using SEO excerpts for a membership sites? ie if someone wants to read more, they would hit a firewall requiring them to join? (But the More or Excerpt content would be open for anyone to read?)

  12. Hi,
    your screenshot shows a “word count” in the excerpt area.
    This seems to be not a standard, I don’t have this in my WP.
    How have you made this please?


  13. You can use excerpts in yout theme as an intro to the post by adding the_excerpt (); tag anywhere in the html sheet.
    You can use images in the excerpt by usin the img src tag. The only issue here is that they will not become responsive.
    On the other hand, you can always use custom fields… and use excerpt, subtitle, etc. – all before the text for a more tag.

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