How to Add Read More Expand in WordPress

We’ve all been there: trying to pack in loads of information without overwhelming our audience. When the post becomes long, it gets more difficult to scan, and to be honest, a little bit boring.

But there is a fix for it as well. You can try adding a read more expand feature in your posts. It makes your hidden content visible when a visitor clicks on a ‘read more’ button. It saves space, also keeps your visitors hooked on your posts. They have the option of viewing the content or not, allowing you to present lots of information in a single post.

It also increases pageviews as the viewers have to click through to finish reading a piece. So it’s a total win-win for you. Now if you are wondering how to add ‘read more’ expand in WordPress posts, this tutorial will show you that in detailed steps. Follow along.

How to Add Read More Expand in WordPress

There are some really good plugins available out there that will let you easily add a read more expand option to your post. Today we’ll be using my personal favorite, Ultimate Blocks. Let’s go!

First of all, get the plugin. To install the Ultimate Blocks Plugin, go to the WordPress Dashboard, then click on Plugins, then Add New (1), and then type in Ultimate Blocks in the search bar (2), and hit enter. Then just click on the install (3) button and activate the plugin. 

Now go to the page or post where you want to add this read more expand thing. Then click on the (+) icon, type in Expand, and add the block. 

Click on the first (+) sign to add the visible content. Then select the Paragraph block and add the visible content. 

Now click on the second (+) sign to add the hidden content, select Paragraph block, and then add your hidden content there. 

That’s it, it’s that easy. You can even change your ‘show more’ and ‘show less’ text to ‘read more’ and ‘read less’. Just click on the text and change it. 


So this was all about how you can add read more expand in WordPress. Using this feature will totally enhance your website’s readability and overall appearance, as well as help users scroll through lengthy content, whether you use a plugin or custom code. But, if you ask me, I’d say just stick to block editors while using this. It will save you a whole lot of time.

Also, make sure that your content and elements are optimized for fast loading and seamless interactions. 

Hope this helped, thank you for making it this far.

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