Adjusting length of post excerpt

Hi guys! I was wondering if there was a way to control the length of the excerpt shown under each post on home page.

I want it to be shorter than it is at present. Is there any CSS to limit it by the number of words or lines?

I know you can do it manually, and I’ve done it for some posts. But not only is it extremely time consuming, the excerpt now ends abruptly without the […] that is usually displayed by default. Please help!

My site:

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Here are some options you can use to limit the excerpts

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I just tried to reply to this thread and I got blocked for some reason!

Limiting Excerpt Length To Number of Characters" sounds like the best option. But since I’m changing PHP files I wanna be doubly sure I’m doing it right.

I want to limit excerpt to 200 characters so should I add the entire bit of code provided in that section of the solution (I’m not able to paste it here, the site blocks me out)?

Should I add it all? Where in the php file do I add it? Please advise.

To achieve it you can try adding following code in the functions.php file of your child theme.

function custom_excerpt_length( $length ) {
	return 200;
add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length', 999 );

Alternatively you can try using any of the following plugins to achieve it.

Thank you for confirming! I used this and it worked fine, but since words can be of different character lengths, there are inconsistencies in the number of lines the excerpt needs.

I want to restrict it to just two lines. And so, character length would be a better option. So I tried using the solution “Limiting Excerpt Length To Number of Characters” but that doesn’t work for some reason. Any help would be appreciated! :slight_smile:

To limit it by characters please use the solution posted here

Can you please tell me where I should specify the excerpt length? I’m sorry I don’t know! I pasted the suggested code in functions.php but now it looks like the default excerpt length.

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