I'm wondering what should be used in index.php (post listing page):
- Twenty Thirteen uses
the_content()but this prints entire content unless
<!--more-->exists and it completely ignores Excerpt field from [Posts > Add New > Excerpt].
- So, I used
the_excerpt()instead but this doesn't react to
<!--more-->tag at all and it just grabs first 55 words or uses manual Excerpt and doesn't produce "Read more..." link.
What I would like to achieve is this:
- print 55 words
- but react to
- and if manual excerpt is specified, use this instead (most people don't want the beginning of their post to be their excerpt so this is of crucial importance)
- produce optional "Read more..." link
This looks like the most intuitive to me for post listing pages. Does something like this exist?
If not, should
the_content() be used on post listing pages? I think that most theme users aren't familiar with
<--more--> tag and they rather expect that themes will create proper excerpts for post listing pages rather than displaying full post content.