Introduction

There are 500 million blogs on the internet today. With plenty of blogs available for readers, it’s important to organize your blog design that looks aesthetically pleasing and easy to grab.

Readers come to your blogs with different goals in their minds. Not everyone prefers to read a blog source completely. With limited time, your readers will prefer to read what they like and what is useful to them.

In this article, you’ll learn about the top five ‘Read More’ plugins by WordPress. 

Advantages of using the ‘Read More’ plugin

  • It adds the aesthetic factor to your blog. 
  • Hooks your loyal readers. 
  • Saves your reader’s time. 
  • You can show the important part of your blog and hides the one which you want to. 
  • Helps in structuring long-form content on your site. 

Let’s start it, then! 

Top five ‘Read more’ plugins from WordPress

1. Read More by Edmon – Show-Hide, Find And Replace Plugin

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Read More is a simple and one of the most used plugins from WordPress.
You can include a ‘Read More’ button in your blog posts.

The free version of the plugin provides basic customization settings whereas the paid version provides you ample customization options. For example,

  • General option; which includes ‘Read more’ button width, height, and size.  
  • Live Preview
  • Advance options; which include font color, background color, alignment settings, etc.
  • Pop up settings’ which includes the design layouts for pop once a user clicks on the button.

Read More by Edmon

To insert the button, you need to place the button code inside the post using the code that looks like this-

[expander_maker more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Hidden text[/expander_maker]

Part 1:

[expander_maker more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
Part 2: [/expander_maker]

Just place part 1 before the text that you want to include in the pop-up and place part 2 right after the end of the preferred content section.

2. Read More Without Refresh by George Gkouvousis

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best read more plugin wordpress- 2.1

This ‘ Read more’ plugin by George Gkouvousis is yet another simple plugin that you can use without using the shortcodes or embed codes.  This is how your blog looks like after installing this WordPress plugin.

There are various customization options for you. For example,

You can enter the text that you want to display for ‘Read More’ or any other alternative to it like ‘Know More’, etc.

It also provides other customization options like font color, weight, background color, and more. 

The cherry on top is, it’s free to use!

Read more by George Gkouvousis

3. WP Show More

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WP Show More is a free plugin from WordPress. You can use it to create a text format for ‘Read more’ functionality.

This is how the plugin looks like when active on your blog. 


The plugin is simple to use. However, it requires basic HTML code knowledge to implement it to your site.

The plugin works on HTML code as shown below:

[show_more more=”TEXT” less=”TEXT”] Content [/show_more]

To customize it further for different parameters, you can use the following shortcodes:

  • more=” show more”
  • less=” show more”
  • color=”#0066CC”
  • list=”»”
  • align=”left” | “center” | “right”
  • size=”120″

Please note that this plugin does not provide any updates. You need to contact the developer for suggesting any additional features to this plugin.

4. Auto Limit Posts Reloaded

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‘Auto Limit Posts Reloaded’ is one more free plugin that WordPress provides to make your marketing life easier.  

Using ‘Auto Limit Posts Reloaded plugin, you can create blog excerpts and index in Home, Categories, Archive, and Search sections, without you having to provide a “more” tag each time you compose a post.

And, to make it look more organized, you can select simple, yet appealing designs to align your blogs.

Here is one such example below:

One thing to note here is that Auto Limit Posts will not include the rel=nofollow tag in reference links to the full text of your posts. NoFollow may have a negative impact on the popularity of a page. 

5. Read more by Adam Skaat

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This read more plugin lets you hide or show your long-form content on your site. 

Using the ‘ Read More plugin, you can make your long blogs look more beautiful. You can use shortcodes to hide the part of the content you don’t want to show to your readers. And, by clicking on it, they can see the remaining content. 

And, as some part of the content is still visible, the search engines can crawl it and make it visible on SERPs. 

Conclusion
Read More plugins have pushed the blog aesthetics to a newer level. It brings order to your blogs with the right set of designs and other add ons. 

Try these plugins and let us know which one you liked?