Choose your blog style

Emotions Lite comes with several blog styles that you can take advantage of, including a few extra customizing options for various elements relating to the blog. More on this in a moment, but to get started, we will look at our blog styles in relation to the screenshots you see below.

  1. Standard with Right Sidebar
  2. Standard with Left Sidebar
  3. Wide with No Sidebars
  4. List with No Sidebars

Note The screenshots below are from the Pro version

  1. Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Blog Options
  2. Look for the “Blog Style” setting and make your choice
    blog style setting
  3. Click “Save & Publish

Choose Your Full Post Style

In addition to the blog style, you can also decide on the layout of your full post (Single Post) view.

  1. Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Blog Options
  2. Look for the “Single Full Post Style” setting and make your choice
    single style setting
  3. Click “Save & publish

Use Excerpts for Post Summaries

For more information about using excerpts, you can refer to this introduction and tutorial before proceeding. However, the following steps below will enable excerpts for your blog post summaries.

IMPORTANT One note to be aware of is that this option will only affect the “Standard Right Sidebar” and the “Standard Left Sidebar” blog styles because the remaining options are coded to only use excerpts.

*Also be aware than when using excerpts, your summary will have all HTML formatting and images stripped out until the full post is viewed. This is a function of WordPress, and not the theme.

  1. Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Blog Options
  2. Look for the “Use Blog Excerpts” setting and make your choice
    excerpt setting
  3. Click “Save & Publish

Change Your Excerpt Length

In addition to using excerpts, you can also manage the size (length) of your excerpts. If I remember correctly, the default WordPress excerpt size is 55 words, but Emotions has this set to 50. 

  1. Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Blog Options
  2. Look for the “Excerpt Length” setting and change the size to your own preference either by entering in the number of words you want or use the arrows on the right side of the field when you click inside the field.
    excerpt length
  3. Click “Save & Publish

Turn On/Off Select Blog Elements

There may be some people who don’t want to see certain elements like the author, comments, post date, post navigation, and many other parts of a blog post, so Emotions has made it easy to enable or disable each one. Here is a list of what elements can be managed in this fashion:

on off elements settings

Each one has a brief description of what it does, but if you are unsure, you can use the support forum to ask for confirmation.

  1. Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Blog Options
  2. Go through the various settings to choose what to enable (checked boxes) or disable (uncheck the boxes).
  3. Click “Save & Publish