Advanced Excerpt

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Several improvements over WP's default excerpt. The size can be limited using character or word count, and HTML markup is not removed.

Author:WPKube (profile at
WordPress version required:3.2
WordPress version tested:6.4.2
Plugin version:4.4.1
Added to WordPress repository:28-08-2007
Last updated:19-01-2024
Rating, %:88
Rated by:96
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Total downloads:1 485 845
Active installs:80 000+
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This plugin adds several improvements to WordPress’ default way of creating excerpts.

  1. Keeps HTML markup in the excerpt (and you get to choose which tags are included)
  2. Trims the excerpt to a given length using either character count or word count
  3. Only the ‘real’ text is counted (HTML is ignored but kept)
  4. Customizes the excerpt length and the ellipsis character that are used
  5. Completes the last word or sentence in an excerpt (no weird cuts)
  6. Adds a read-more link to the text
  7. Ignores custom excerpts and use the generated one instead
  8. Theme developers can use the_advanced_excerpt() for even more control (see the FAQ)

Most of the above features are optional and/or can be customized by the user or theme developer.

Banner image credit – chillihead

Original plugin author – basvd

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