Quick Tips: excerpt filters that give you some more control

Filter in WordPress are a joy and certainly what make the framework so flexible. Like the last post on enabling menu support, this is just a quick tips on two filters introduced in WordPress 2.8 and 2.9.


The name says it all, it allowd you to change the length of the excerpt displayed. The usage is very simple:

[snippet-Excerpt length]

The above function changes the number of words returned by the excerpt to 40. The code goes in your theme functions.php.


Again pretty self explanatory, this one changes the end of the excerpt to whatever you want. For example, to add a link you would add this to your functions.php:


This code will add a ‘Continue Reading’ link at the end of each excerpt and change the default ‘[…]’ at the end to ‘…’

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