Some themes support custom excerpts on index pages – see The Excerpt function.
But now, if you need custom excerpts on your index pages, you can create them in the following themes too:
Dusk to Dawn *
Next Saturday *
Pink Touch 2
Rusty Grunge *
← Index pages = main posts page plus category and other archive pages.
← As mentioned in my post on excerpts, custom excerpt includes no excerpt at all (post title only), if you type nothing but a space in the Excerpt field.
← Chateu needs to be included here only if you have selected the “detailed” layout option in Appearance > Theme Options.
← Themes marked with the asterisk = no automatic read-more tab on the excerpt (so, to be taken to the complete post, you’ll either rely on clicking on the title or add a manually created link).
To create the custom excerpt if you’re using one of these themes,
a) Excerpt module: add content (content can include HTML, but not shortcodes),
b) Format module: select Gallery.
But! For a regularly looking excerpt, the post must have no images “attached” to it; that is, no images uploaded from your computer via the Add an Image tool of that post.
So, if your post is to have images, you must resort to one of these options:
• Upload the images via Media > Add New, insert them via the Add an Image tool of the post editor (clicking “Media Library” instead of “From Computer”).
• Upload and insert the images in a draft post (or any post with no gallery or slideshow), cut and paste their code from HTML editor to HTML editor.
• Upload the images via Media > Add New, copy their URLs, work out the appropriate code in the HTML editor (if you are experienced in coding).
• Insert the images via the Add an Image tool of the post editor (clicking “From URL” instead of “From Computer”), using the URLs of images hosted elsewhere.
← If you’re not seeing these modules while on the post editor screen, click Screen Options to activate them.
← Explanation: The Gallery post format is designed to indicate that the post is a gallery of images. When you upload the images via the Add an Image tool of the post editor and select the Gallery format, the result on your index pages will be a ‘special’ excerpt: a sample image and an automatically created note on the number of images contained in the gallery (examples here and here). No images uploaded this way? no sample image or auto note.