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Allow to customize blog post summary (teaser) size

Web space is a premium and managing the space is a vital element of more content. Currently posting a blog posts text up to 10 lines and offers the read more option. If we can limit the opening post to a more concise presentation to say 5 lines or less it forces us to be more content rich with our opening line and we can register more read more clicks. The strategy is not to tell too much in ten lines, but just say enough in 5 lines or less so our users are prompted to read more.

I hope this makes sense and others can appreciate a short catching message instead of telling too much and a user doesn't click read more.

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    CIVPOLALUMNICIVPOLALUMNI shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Biz55Biz55 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sometimes blog summaries end with the last line cut across horizontally so you only see the top half of the line.

        Would be much more professional looking if it end after a set number of characters then . . .

      • Evgeny aka Apricot KernelAdminEvgeny aka Apricot Kernel (Product Manager, Wild Apricot) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Let me clarify what you mean

        1) Ability to define a separate "Summary" text for each blog post (in addition to normal blog text). Then show this summary on blog list, not a top part of blog text

        2) Leave it as it works now, but just make "preview" area in blog list smaller.

        The second option can be achieved by CSS tweaks, while the first one requires development and also makes new blogs creation more complex as you will have to define summary text each time.

      • anonymous_206.223.175.10anonymous_206.223.175.10 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you for the suggestion. This makes sense.

        We will have to determine how to figure out how to measure this. Defining it by "Line" can be tricky since if people have their browsers set to different screen sizes the same amount of "lines" can either be very very long, or very short.

      • moneylifeboatmoneylifeboat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi all,

        I use the blog function to serve audio and video files (in addition to text). I would appreciate to a ability to chage the number of preview lines and the "read more" link text.

        Thanks

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