Always Generate Excerpts [Memberium Feature Overview]

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This option tells Memberium to automatically generate an excerpt if one is not already set for the page or post. Memberium will create the excerpt by taking a set number of words (from the beginning) from the page or post.

You can control how many words are included by using the Auto Excerpt Length option.

Always Generate Excerpts can be used in conjunction with the Default Excerpt which is a similar option with the difference being the default excerpt isn’t auto-generated – rather you type in the content you want to display.

  • The default setting for this option is NO meaning Memberium won’t generate excerpts automatically.
  • If the setting is set to YES, an excerpt will be automatically created.

What is an Excerpt?

An excerpt is a term used to describe the summary of an article. If your site has a lot of blog content, you might have a short 2-3 sentences excerpt that entices people to click through and read the post.

When it comes to Memberium, you can use excerpts to display a message to people who don’t have access to something you’ve protected. This message could be a preview of the content such as the first 50 words, or it could be a default, standard message such as “You don’t have access…”

Memberium’s latest releases allow you to combine the two. You can have both a standard message and a preview of the content.

An example of an excerpt would be something such as this…

People who don’t have access would see this message instead of the actual content on the page.

What is the Difference Between “Always Generate Excerpts” and “Default Excerpt”?

The difference is very simple:

Always Generate Excerpts: An automatically generated excerpt that is based on the protected content. Such as the first 10 or 50 words of the content. This is used to create a snippet or teaser of the content.

Default Excerpt: The default excerpt is a static message. It does not change depending on what the content is. This would normally be something like “Sorry, but you don’t have access. Click here to upgrade your membership.”

As I’ll explain next, both can be used together, but the key difference is that the former is automatically generated while the latter is something you would manually set up.

Auto Include Default Excerpt

If you have enabled Always Generate Excerpts and you have a Default Excerpt in place, you can use both at the same time…

The option labeled Auto Include Default Excerpt lets you control if the Default Excerpt (bottom of the page) should be included in addition to the automatically generated excerpt.

  • None: Memberium will not include the default excerpt – only the auto-generated excerpt will display.
  • Prepend Default Excerpt: this will display the default excerpt before the auto-generated excerpt.
  • Append Default Excerpt: this will display the default excerpt after the auto-generated excerpt.
  • Embed Excerpt: this lets you place the auto-generated excerpt inside of the Default Excerpt. See below for an example.

Embed Excerpt

This is an example of an embedded excerpt. The placeholder {{excerpt}} will bring in the Memberium auto-generated excerpt described above.

You can place other content around it as needed. This option only needs to be used if content needs to be both above and below the auto-generated excerpt. Otherwise, you can utilize our Prepend / Append Default Excerpt options.

Here’s the result of the example above:

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