Balance Theme – Make 1st Post on Home Page Excerpt

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    I want to show only an excerpt of the most recent post on my home page rather than the full article (Balance Theme). Making the blog page the home page is not a solution as I want to maintain the right & left header widgets. (See

    I see this question asked a number of times but can’t find the solution. I did try editing home.php – changing feature content from 0′ to 300′. That worked for the text but the image disappeared. I was afraid to tinker further and changed it back. How do I change it to an excerpt while keeping the image?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


    Shouldn’t remove the image.

    remove_action( ‘genesis_loop’, ‘genesis_do_loop’ );
    add_action( ‘genesis_loop’, ‘child_grid_loop_helper’ );
    /** Add support for Genesis Grid Loop **/
    function child_grid_loop_helper() {
    	if ( function_exists( ‘genesis_grid_loop’ ) ) {
    		genesis_grid_loop( array(
    			‘features’ => 1,
    			‘feature_image_size’ => ‘feature’,
    			‘feature_image_class’ => ‘align none post-image’,
    			‘feature_content_limit’ => 300,
    			‘grid_image_size’ => ‘grid’,
    			‘grid_image_class’ => ‘align none post-image’,
    			‘grid_content_limit’ => 0,
    			‘more’ => __( ‘Continue reading…’, ‘genesis’ ),
    			‘posts_per_page’ => 6,
    		) );
    	else {

    This displays the featured image thumbnail and excerpt for the most recent post.

    The other posts display in a grid.

    Do you have this in functions:

    add_image_size( ‘feature’, 620, 230, TRUE );



    Didn’t see your other posts.

    Removing the grid is the best option by commenting the action out and then you can use the Genesis > Theme Settings > Content Archives.



    Thanks Brad. Worked like a charm for the post excerpt!

    Still working on commenting out the grid based on the instructions received in a separate post on the topic.

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