Customize WordPress Excerpt Length

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Customize Excerpt Length in WordPressExcerpts are short, text only previews of posts that WordPress can use in various places as teasers or introductions.  These can be automatically generated or custom tailored when creating a Post.  By default these are limited to 55 words, but there is no easy way to increase or decrease this in WordPress settings.  With a little modification of your functions.php, you can adjust this number to suit your needs.

Open the functions.php in your current theme’s function.php*. In the example below we have increased the Excerpt length to 100 words.

[code] // Changing excerpt length
function new_excerpt_length($length) {
return 100;
add_filter(‘excerpt_length’, ‘new_excerpt_length’);

// Changing excerpt more
function new_excerpt_more($more) {
return ‘…’;
add_filter(‘excerpt_more’, ‘new_excerpt_more’);

If you change themes, you’ll have to add this modification to the new theme’s function.php file as well.

* Standard disclaimer here. Before editing any critical files in WordPress you should make a backup and be prepared to roll back any changes in case you run into problems or conflicts.


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