Using optional excerpts for more content control

In another article I already wrote about using individual excerpt lengths in BranfordMagazine. This brief tutorial shows you how to use individual excerpts for every post in order to get more control over your content. I use this in the leadarticle of my BranfordMagazine demosite.

When you write a post you will find an “excerpt” panel (German: “Auszug”) normally right below the text editor panel. You just have to type in whatever text you like and the_excerpt() template tag will use it for the excerpt automatically. The advantage here is that you can control the legth of the text and also use html formating such as bold text.

That´s it. Pretty easy. Isn´t it.