As the title states, I have been trying to customize WordPress and messing with my theme’s template to get the main blog page to show the entire latest post and the rest as only excerpts. Digging through the WordPress.org forums I found just enough information to really make a mess of my blog. I also noticed that the question was asked a few times over there and well… let’s just say the response was a bit condescending. Like the answer was so simple that if you had to ask you didn’t deserve to even be on the forum.
As I was researching something completely unrelated I came across Dane Morgan’s Blog Strokes. I noticed that he was displaying his main page exactly how I wanted to show mine. So I sent Dane an email asking how he was showing the latest full post and the remainder as excerpts.
Dane not only answered my email but then went as far as creating a new post: How To Mix Full Posts And Excerpts On Your WordPress Home Page. His instructions not only explained how to do it but also provided the actual PHP code to do it.
It did take a little trial and error on my part to implement it and the results can now be seen on the wparena home page. If you are going to do this I suggest that you add your own excerpts when writing posts to control what is shown under the title of the post on the main blog page.
The file that needs to be changed is index.php and since Dane helped me with this you will need to go to Blog Strokes to learn more.
Edit: The links to the instructions are no longer available and I have taken them down. I have found a plugin that does the same thing but a lot easier. You can find it here: Homepage Excerpts