Joomla 1.7 Help – Add ‘Read More’ link to a Long Article

by Elaine on August 20, 2011

Joomla 1.7 Help – Adding a ‘Read More’ link to break up a Long Article.

Most Joomla articles you post on your site will be longer than a paragraph.  So it’s beneficial to know how to use the ‘Read More’ link so you don’t have to show the full contents in a 4 columned category blog layout.  For a long article, you can show a teaser and display a ‘Read More‘ button.  Once the visitor clicks the read more button, it brings them directly to the article page where they can read the whole article.  Here are the steps to do it.

This is an tutorial that I created in response to a an email from Robert.

BTW, this is a small thanks to Robert for his email.  I was always meaning to write this article but never got around to do it.  Although this might sound stupid because  I don’t know what a Cloud Access template is.   I can address how to add a “Read More” link in your Joomla 1.7 article.  Unless you already know where it is and it’s related to the Cloud Access issue.

Edit your Article in the Content Manager

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Joomla 1.7 Add Read More Link

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.7 administrator backend.

2.  Go to ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager’.

3.  Edit the article.

4.  Place your mouse where you want the read more link to show up.

5.  See below the content box, there is a button that says ‘Read More’.  Click that button.

6.  You will see a red dotted line show up where your ‘Read More’ button will show.

7.  Click on ‘Save & Close’.

Enable the Read More link in Article Options

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Joomla 1.7 Set Article Options Show Read More

8.  Go to ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager’, Click on the ‘Options’ button on the top

9.  Under the ‘Article’ tab, set the following values:

  • Show “Read More” = Show
  • Show Title with Read More = Show

10.  Click on ‘Save and Close’

Refresh your Joomla 1.7 website and you should see the ‘Read More’ link show up on the article you added it to.  For some reason you cannot set the ‘Read More’ link to show up automatically after a certain character count.  If you find a component or plugin for Joomla 1.7, please let me know!! I’m looking for one too.  Your article should look like below:

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Joomla 1.7 Read More Link on Frontend

Hope that helps,

Elaine

 Joomla 1.7 Help   Add Read More link to a Long Article

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris October 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hello. I created a plugin that does this automatically. Check it out… http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/news-display/articles-summary/17979

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Elaine October 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Hi Chris,
Thanks for the plugin information. Looks like it has some good ratings too. I will check it out later.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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C Goller February 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Suddenly Article Manager does not save Read More settings. It’s enabled both globally and in the article(s), and it has always worked before. Even after clearing and purging cache (several times), AM stubbornly refuses to save the readmore setting, although it does save the text. What else should I try?

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Elaine February 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Hi C,
Which Read more settings were you trying to change? I will try to see if I experience the same problems on my side as well.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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C Goller February 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Just trying to implement the read more setting into an article. It inserts fine but does not save. Page break fails the same way. Both have worked fine before now.

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Karen May 7, 2012 at 3:02 am

Thank you so much for this article! I have been trying to do this for months without success and after reading this I did it in five minutes. You have the rare skill of being a techie who can communicate with non-techies.

I don’t suppose you have any similar fixes for enabling readers to add comments please? I have a plug in installed but simply cannot get it to work.

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Elaine May 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi Karen,
Thanks for your kind comments. I appreciate the time you took to write to me. I will look into finding an extension to help allow your readers to submit comments. I’m heading off to Prague/Berlin for 8-10 days, so probably won’t be able to respond/create a new post for you until after I come back. Sorry for the wait. You can also send me an email @ elaine @ cmsmind.com to remind me. :)
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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