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Introducing Content Options: An Easy New Way to Make Visual Changes to Your Site

Content Options takes care of small visual changes like showing or hiding the author, date, and more!

We’re excited to announce a newly launched Customizer panel called Content Options.

The Content Options section gives you an easy way to make small visual modifications across your site—like hiding the post date or displaying an excerpt instead of a full post, with no custom CSS needed!

There are three main features for now:

  • Blog Display: choose between displaying the full content of each post or an excerpt on the blog and category, tag, and date archive pages. A “default” option is also available for themes that mix excerpts and full posts based on post format.
  • Author Bio: Hide the author bio on single posts.
  • Post Details: Show or hide the post date, tags, or categories.

You can see Content Options in action in this video:

Check out the full support documentation to learn more about how these new theme options work.

Not all the themes support all these features, but all new free themes will fully support Content Options.

Here’s an extended list of themes that either fully or partially support Content Options:

We also plan to add support for modifying other elements in the future, including the ability to hide featured images and author names. If you have more ideas, we’d love to hear from you!


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  1. JoAnn Chateau

    Hiding the feature image when desired… thank you!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. francesca

    On the main page is there a way to keep the current post full view, but the previous posts as an excerpt? Maybe I am missing how to do this.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Darshan Gajara

    This is so cool! Can you also add an option to make the blog posts full-width for all the themes?

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Pour une opposition constructive

    Hi

    Thanks

    There is no video in your mail : can you send me the link for this vidéo please Thanks and best regards

    Liked by 4 people

  5. tuesdaychapters

    Thomas all except one of my posts are full view and people who read the short view didn’t even realise it was an excerpt. How can I attract them to click and read the full version because I’d like to make all except the latest post short view. I hope I’m making sense…

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Alexander M Zoltai

    If we do nothing with this new feature, will the options we now have set remain as they were; or, will this new feature change some of the “defaults” away from what we may already have set up??

    Liked by 3 people

  7. CraftyStaci

    I’d love to use these features, but there’s only one of these themes compatible with WordAds. Any chance the others will be added?

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Kathryn Grace

    Well shucks, the Zuki theme, which I use, doesn’t support this. Hope the author updates it soon!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Tim Taylor

    How about an option to hide the title, like the WP Hide Title plugin?

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Home's Cool!

    In addition to hiding the author bio, where available, could it be possible to add an author bio, where none was formerly available? I’d love to add an author bio to Sela!

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Audrey

    Just checked, twenty sixteen theme doesn’t support. Hope it will support soon.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Josephine Corcoran

    I’m very pleased with these opportunities to make some themes more flexible. I’m using Sela and have so far opted for displaying my blog posts as excerpts. This is really helpful, especially for readers accessing my site on mobile devices.🙂 Thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Misstery blog

    Yes! I’ve wanted to hide tags for ages🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  14. arjaydee31

    Nice! Now I can hide additional details on my posts page because Goran theme supports the feature. Thanks!

    Liked by 4 people

  15. ismailimail

    Is Arcane theme on your list to get this feature?

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Sarah Gooding

    Is this a plugin that WordPress.com plans to make available for self-hosted sites in the future? Or is it something you add to the theme itself? Is the code available on GitHub?

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Sreejith Vijayakumar

    Content excerpts option is a life saver..thanks🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Lyagushka (Meirav)

    This is great news! My current theme doesn’t support these, but with these extra options available on other themes I’m going to feel more free to try changing theme now – the option to show only excerpts is really important to me; and I remember deciding not to use a theme that I otherwise liked, because it had the author bio showing on each post and I really didn’t like that.

    So hooray for more flexibility! Thank you!

    Liked by 4 people

  19. Margie

    I have been trying to find a theme that let’s me use excerpts, lets me set a featured image that is displayed with the excerpt, but does not stick the featured image to the top of the full post.
    I have Custom CSS, and while I can sometimes change whether the featured image is displayed, I can’t, of course, force excerpts.
    Now that the paid ‘Plans’ have changed, the ‘plan’ I have now will no longer support CSS customization unless I pay over twice as much – for a bunch of things I don’t want. I liked it better when these upgrade features were a la carte.
    I will be a happy blogger if Nucleare or Lovecraft use excerpts, and I can hide the featured image from the header and/or the top of each post. I’d also like excerpt thumbnails that don’t chop off the tops and bottoms of the photo.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Sally

    Got excited but realised it’s just the date in the post that can be hidden. When will we have the option not to display the date in the url ?

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Norman Leduc

    I would like to add a ‘Last updated’ date.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. TeacherofYA

    No Lovecraft theme…I guess I’ll have to wait and hope to will come available to my theme.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Coolen L.

    It would be nice if there is an option to display a blog post in full width, just like how the pages look when you click it.

    Liked by 5 people

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