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On my blog on all my main loops I have it set to show the excerpt instead of the content

If I make a longer post and leave the excerpt text box empty, then wordpress will make it's own excerpt from my post and show the [...] or a custom link at the end. Thats great however if I DO enter my own excerpt into the excerpt textbox, it will show that text but it will not show the read more part added to it.

Does anyone know how I can make it always show a read more?

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Perhaps a conditional statement like the following will work. The logic is: "If the post has an explicit excerpt, add a read more link. Otherwise, use default excerpt behavior."

if($post->post_excerpt) {
echo '<a href="'.the_permalink().'">Read More</a>';
} else {

You can use this in combination with Gavin's suggestion to unify the appearance of the "Read More" link.

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Hello, thanks that is pretty much what I was looking for (untested but looks good) thank you –  jasondavis Jan 5 '12 at 20:15
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Add this in your theme's functions.php:

function new_excerpt_more($more) {
       global $post;
    return '<a href="'. get_permalink($post->ID) . '">Read the Rest...</a>';
add_filter('excerpt_more', 'new_excerpt_more');

More info: Make the "read more" link to the post

Good luck!

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