WordPress builds in a flaw

Bloggers like readers. Especially, bloggers like commenters. And sometimes, depending on a bloggers’ mood, bloggers love to check their site stats.

When one subscribes – as I do – to other blogs, an email shows up every time they post. Which is cool – I may not go over every time, but if  it piques my interest, I would visit the blog itself so I could read the entire post. Until recently that is. WordPress has begun showing the entire post in the email saving me the trouble of that visit.

And that blog’s ‘hit’ numbers go down because the reader had no need to click thru to the post from the email.

I frankly wish WordPress would disable this feature. It’s hurting my feelings.

22 responses to “WordPress builds in a flaw

  1. Mix yourself a cocktail honey, you’ll feel better.

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  2. Convenience begone…I’m reading the posts on the blog from now on. Are you impressed that I now know some of the terminology?

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  3. Moe, it is the dangdest thing, but I cannot even post a topic on my blog without the whole entire thing showing up on the home page. Now I hear of this…this should at least be optionable.

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  4. For instance… If I put up a new thread, then no matter how long it is, it always shows up on the home page. You can read the whole entire thing without having to even click into that thread. Like when I come to your site, and I see your latest threads, I will click one. I did that and here I am…But, on my site I can read the entire thread from the home page, no matter how long…with all the pictures there, too. So basically, the only reason one would have to click on a paticular thread would be to read the comments. Or comment. I sure didn’t mean to trouble you with this – I was just citing my own disapointment! You are very kind.

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  5. It seems that yours does the same thing, actually. See, I thought it would be better if you could only read a sample of the thread from the home page. And then to read the rest you would have to click on it. This way you would get more comments – people would already be there – and you could fit more topics on each page. I dunno – wierd I never noticed it before, I thought I was just doing something wrong.

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    • Sam, what you’re describing is possible. I think you can designate that when you’re writing your post. Look at the tool bar over the window you’re typing in. Just ot the left of hte spell check is a icon for “insert More tag”. I think the way it works is – while writing your post, you may click that icon at any point. Then when you publish the post and it shows up on your home page, only the portion that you typed BEFORE you clicked hte ‘inert More tag” will be visible. There will be a place for the reader to click to ‘read more’. Try it.

      And you don’t have to do it every time – just when it’s going to be a long post!

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  6. Thanks, Moe. I will try that next time!

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    • If you won’t more content options on your front page ..look at different template options at wordpress.com. you can use sidebar text widgets to spend content around. And they are gradually opening up the CMS ( content management system) of the full blown wordpress.

      Regards,
      Doug

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      • Does CMS mean I can keep my theme but have more control over how it looks?

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        • CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) help you style parts of your template but CMS (content management system) allows for document flow within the template. As you know, pages and post are treated differently in WordPress. WordPress as a blog..is just that a, linear..top down presentation of posts. But using WordPress as a CMS ..static pages can be position within sections of a template.

          For instance OneTime Pad… http://onetimepad.wordpress.com/ is my WordPress.com hosted site– a top-down blog. With additional content by way of sidebar widgets.

          http://dougstory.com/ my self hosted WordPress uses the CMS capabilities of WordPress to slot static pages in different regions of the template. Below the slide banner is a page that can be swapped for another instantly. Note the three columns of the page. Some templates would allow you to pull from three different static pages to load the content in that area. I prefer to use PHP short codes to do this …but the option is there.

          Sorry..I’ve gone on too long. The benefits of CMS is that you can style once, update easier, and get away from the limitations of the top down driven feel of a blog.

          Regards

          Doug

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  7. On the other hand.. blog-surfer morfs into subscriptions – which makes you click on all stories. More traffic on the blogs!

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  8. Yea it should be opt in/out. Might be, haven’t checked my wordpress.com site for a while. But I come and read your comments for the most part.

    Regards,
    Doug

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  10. I subscribe to all my favorite blogs (including this one, Moe!) via Blogger and Google Reader. There is one I subscribe to via email, and it is a WP blog, so often a week or more will go by before I actually visit the blog itself. You’re right…WP should stop this! Bloggers want their stats!

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    • We do like our stats and we like our web visibility. For a few years, I’ve been running Google Alerts on my name (okay, very self interested!). And it was very cool – except for the occassional story about some hockey champ in England, it was me. Obviously didn’t get too many of those, but it was a thrill. Now some sneaky bitch of a financial planner has nudged into my terrritory and I get alerts constantly. The fun is over.

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