Displaying Post Excerpts or Full Size Posts on your WordPress blog homepage. Its very difficult to decide between excerpts and full posts, so here is the detailed info that will help you.
After a little bit of research and testing “Post Excerpts”, we have noticed some interesting results. “Post Excerpts or Full Size Posts” which suits better to your blog ?
What is a Post Excerpt ?
Excerpt is just a part of blog article which includes introduction or summary. Instead of displaying full post, excerpts are used on homepage, archives page etc and its completely optional.
Example of Excerpts displayed on Homepage
Reasons to Use Post Excerpts
Earlier, full size posts are displayed on homepage of blogs, but these days “Post Excerpts” are widely used. There are many benefits of displaying excerpts on homepage and archive page, check them all.
1. Perfect Blog Design
Using Excerpts on homepage will result in perfect blog design and its also helps to display more number of blog posts. You can see “Post Excerpts” on homepage of WPSquare and we are using pagination menu for easy navigation across the blog.
2. Eliminates Duplicate Content
Search Engines, mainly Google penalize sites with duplicate content. If the same content is repeated two-times at different places on the same blog, then it results in duplicate content. Using Post Excerpts is the best method to overcome this problem.
3. Reduced Bounce Rate
If full post is displayed on the homepage of the blog, then very few only will navigate further to “Single Post Page”. Using post excerpts everyone has to go to that particular article to read the full contents in it, hence resulting in reduced bounce rate.
4. Better Reading Experience
Displaying post excerpts will improve reading experience. If full post is displayed on home page, it takes much time to scroll down till the end of page, which is not recommended in most of the cases. Hence switch to post excerpts and notice the difference.
5. Increases Loading Speed
Every post got some images and displaying full post on homepage takes more time to load all the images in it. These days Google is serious about page loading speed, its good to use excerpts. Also you can display a thumbnail of the image used in the article.
Apart from these, if posts excerpts are used on homepage then page views can be further increased. Excerpts also helps to boost number of comments, so we conclude that using “Post Excerpts” is far recommended than displaying full post on homepage.
Share your view with us by dropping a comment and if you got any point to support “Full Post”, lets start the debate now.