Display Only Post Titles on Category Pages

By Daniel Scocco

Monday’s video post is live. On this one I explain why you should display only post titles in category and archive pages (something that I started doing recently). The second part of it illustrates how WordPress users can do this change easily.

The plugin that I mention on the video is the Custom Query String. If you can’t see the video player, here is a link to the YouTube page: Display Only Post Titles on Category Pages.

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23 Responses to “Display Only Post Titles on Category Pages”

  • Deb

    Daniel, this is a great tip, especially for a relatively new WP user such as myself. I’ve successfully implemented it. An unexpected outcome, though, was that my MONTHLY ARCHIVES pages now also show up as unordered list links, plus also with the title I had added to the archive.php file (i.e., Archives for the “[Category name]” Category), like the title that shows up on your category archives pages.

    Is there a way to keep the the newly modified CATEGORY PAGES as you’ve instructed, but have the MONTHLY ARCHIVES pages be something different — either ordered list links, or the full posts or excerpts — and also either not having a title or having a title that’s different from what currently shows up on the Category archives pages?

    Or do both the CATEGORY and ARCHIVES PAGES have to be treated the same?

    Thanks for any help.

  • Felipe Goncalves

    era disso q eu tavo precissando .. valeu Daniel !!

  • sonia

    hmm.. really? I have to say I completely disagree. I have found people are more likely to click on the post if they know a little something about what it’s about.

    My titles (especially my older posts) are often “cutesy” or “pun” intended sort of titles, and almost never give a clear jist of the post. With my titles, I also like to encourage, “oh..what’s that about” response. So people often do not know what my post is about from reading my title (which I want).

    I actually changed my wordpress template so that the summary would show up because I was finding less traffic otherwise.

  • Tim

    I enjoy your blog especially your video blogs. However the video blogs are always fuzzy/blurry making it very difficult to exactly see what you are describing. This is true with the standard youtube window or full screen.

  • Rajaie AlKorani

    I’ve been doing that ever since starting my blog, but this is the first time I here of that plugin. Thanks for sharing 🙂 and great tutorial!

  • SE7EN

    I used to display only title in my category archive page, then change to excerpt.
    I’ll put only-title on all-post index by category and by date later.

  • Bill Stevens

    I’ve always admired your archives and categories pages. I just figured this out a couple days ago but not with this plugin that you’re talking about. Popped over to WordPress.org Codex and read about how to do it in code. Nice to know about this though. Thanx!!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @It depends on how your theme is structure. You could also use an IF clause on the PHP code to separate the two, but this would require some PHP knowledge. Personally I think you could leave monthly archives with post titles only also.

    @Sonia, have you tracked the numbers with and without excerpts? I would agree with you for the homepage, because people are seeing those posts for the first time. But when someone goes to the categories section, he is probably looking for something specific, and wants to find it as fast as possible.

    @Tim, this is strange, I asked a couple of friends and they all told me the videos look OK. I will as some more to see if its the case to do something about it. Thanks for the input.

    @Rajaie, welcome.

    @Se7en, that works also.

    @Bill, welcome.

  • Joe Cole

    This is my first time here and I like your video 🙂

  • Louis Liem

    I’m agree with Sonia on displaying excerpts on archives page. People don’t see the whole blog content on the homepage and post list with some explanation is better than a descriptive title alone.
    Or we can also use sitemap page to display only post titles.

    But I guess it depends on our readers’ behavior. How they like it better.

    I’d like to add more tips if you don’t mind. It’s about how to exclude posts from certain categories to appear on our homepage and feed and the reasons why we may want to do it. Please check out my name.

  • GolfSpy X

    Good tip Daniel…how are you doing the videos?

  • Kimberly

    I think this is a great idea, and I would love to implement, but your videos are also a little blurry for me and I couldn’t tell exactly what to do with my archive.php file. I took a guess based on what you were saying, buy my post titles ended up all over the page (but with the bullets)? Any chance we could get a few clearer screen shot of the before and after lines?

  • Daniel Scocco

    GolfSpy, with screen capture software.

    @Tim and Kimberly, I guess I should have focused more to show the specific text in question.

    I will work on improving the quality for next videos.

  • Vaibhav

    Hi, I am recent reader of your blog. My two cents on this topic:

    I think regular users would be much better off using the “Search” box on the blog if they are looking for something in particular on the blog.

    Else, it is much better to use some excerpt of the post on the pages. Although one learning from this is that you can definitely make the category pages more compact when displaying the content and not spread out like they usually are.

    Cheers.

  • Tarso Teixeira

    Daniel,

    Is the video still available? THere is some problem with this one…

    Cheers

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Vaibhav, I would guesstimate that the same amount of people use the search function and the category navigation page. Hence, if you have 5 posts per category pages, and 30 posts on that category, someone would need to flip through 6 pages before he can arrive at the older posts. Do you really think anyone would do it?

    @Tarso, working fine here.

  • Vaibhav

    @Daniel – i am not at all questioning the logic of showing only titles. All I am saying is that if someone is looking for something specific (as would be the case if he has to go to the 4th or 5th page to find it) then its much better off searching for it rather than flipping through categories pages.

  • Esteban

    Hello Daniel, I’m a usual reader from your blog and your tips are great, i will try to apply this new one to some commercial blogs I have.

    Greetings from Uruguay!

  • kc

    EXCELLENT Tutorial and outstanding tool for long lists.
    Thank you!

  • junky

    hi

    nice tutorial, I was searching for a such solution, I want to list Post Title only in one Category, for instance Category ID 40 I call this Category “News”
    How can I list Post title only in this Category?

  • John

    Oh wow, thank you so much. I’ve been trying to figure this out for months! One quick line delete and it was all fixed.

    Thanks!

  • medyum

    I think this is a great idea, and I would love to implement, but your videos are also a little blurry for me and I couldn’t tell exactly what to do with my archive.php file. I took a guess based on what you were saying, buy my post titles ended up all over the page (but with the bullets)? Any chance we could get a few clearer screen shot of the before and after lines?

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