Changing Category Page Formatting in Pilcrow Theme

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A WordPress user on Reddit asked, “I’d like for category links to show the full content of articles instead of just excerpts. google isn’t helping“.  The answer lays in the loop.php file of the theme.  Around line 66 in version 1.0 of the theme there are a series of if/else statements which define how to format the Archive, Search and Default layout.  Category is not specifically defined, so WordPress treats it as a Category per the template hierarchy.

By replacing the default code:

 

<?php if ( is_archive() || is_search() ) : // Only display excerpts for archives and search. ?> <div> <?php the_excerpt(); ?> </div><!– .entry-summary –> <?php else : ?> <div> <?php the_content( __( ‘Continue reading <span>&rarr;</span>’, ‘pilcrow’ ) ); ?> <?php wp_link_pages( array( ‘before’ => ‘<div>’ . __( ‘Pages:’, ‘pilcrow’ ), ‘after’ => ‘</div>’ ) ); ?> </div><!– .entry-content –> <?php endif; ?>

With the following:

<?php if ( is_category() ) : // Dispaly the content for Categories ?> <div> <?php the_content(); ?> </div><!– .entry-summary –> <?php elseif ( is_archive() || is_search() ) : // Only display excerpts for archives and search. ?> <div> <?php the_excerpt(); ?> </div><!– .entry-summary –> <?php else : ?> <div> <?php the_content( __( ‘Continue reading <span>&rarr;</span>’, ‘pilcrow’ ) ); ?> <?php wp_link_pages( array( ‘before’ => ‘<div>’ . __( ‘Pages:’, ‘pilcrow’ ), ‘after’ => ‘</div>’ ) ); ?> </div><!– .entry-content –> <?php endif; ?>

All Category pages will now more closely resemble the Default page layout seen on the home page of the theme.  If you only need this change for one specific category, you can specify by Category ID or Slug like so:

<?php if ( is_category(’10’) ) :

Where 10 is a ID of the Category you wish to alter.

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