If you’ve ever used the Posts area of WordPress, you’ve undoubtedly seen the Excerpt field. We know that an excerpt provides a nice way to summarize your blog post, news release or whatever else you’re posting to your website. What you may not realize is that, with a little tweaking, the excerpt can become a pretty powerful tool.
Why You Should Always Fill Out The Excerpt Field
Before we get into some helpful tweaks, I’m going to get up on my soapbox for a moment. Although I probably shouldn’t, I do get slightly annoyed when I set up a theme to take advantage of WordPress excerpts – only to see that the client doesn’t bother to fill them out.
While I don’t hold it in the same esteem as blinking text or pictures of sad clowns, leaving the excerpt field empty can have a negative effect on your website.