Some of my favorite blog posts come from questions. Like this one.
Do you know what he means by that?
You’ve seen blog posts or articles that go so far and then have a small little “…read more” or “next”, right? That’s what he wants to do.
But then, websites these days can have something called Infinite Scroll – meaning only a small bit loads creating the page until you reach near the bottom and then when you do – it automagically loads more. Facebook does it, Twitter does too. Guess what? Blogs can too. There’s a plugin for just that.
Do you know why they do that? Page Load Times. We know that Google thinks highly of pages that load quickly. So reducing page load time is an SEO play. In the case of a large sized page the browser only needs to load a fraction of it, until the viewer hits lower down the page at which time it loads a bit more. Infinite Scroll is cool.
So why does Rafael want to ‘paginate’ a post instead?
I’m not exactly sure. It could be load times or it could also be that he’s looking to increase time spent on the site. To tell the truth, I don’t know. I’ll have to ask him. If it’s either of those, he’s wrong.
WordPress says this about the “more” tag
You can truncate your blog entries so that only the first part of certain posts is displayed on the home and archive pages. When you do this, a link will be placed directly after your excerpt, pointing the reader to the full post.
Did you catch that? Go to your sites home page, what do you see? Is it a certain number of your latest posts? As in the full post and then maybe the next and the next? That’s a perfect place for the more tag. Then the posts on your front page will look more like
If you have a site that has a slightly different look on the home page (like this one) it probably already has snippets of the latest posts. If it does, there’s no reason for a “more” tag. Guess what? That’s right http://rafaelquintero.com already does that! Further – the more tag doesn’t paginate the post once you get to the actual post. If that’s what he means he actually needs a pagination plugin.
“Ok, my site doesn’t have a cool home page- I need the more tag!”
Now that you know what the “more” tag is for – here’s how to add it. Just put the cursor where you want it and then click the button!
It’s pretty easy, eh? Easy is one thing, know the how and why of using it another. Now you know both. (or is that all three?)