Better Excerpt

Gives you full control over the WordPress excerpt: change the length, the ellipsis […] and surrounding markup.

Author:Sue Bailey (profile at
WordPress version required:2.8
WordPress version tested:2.8.4
Plugin version:0.2.1
Added to WordPress repository:03-08-2009
Last updated:16-10-2009
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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By default, the WordPress excerpt is fixed at 55 words, wrapped in <p> tags and with [...] as an unlinked ellipsis at the end. This plugin allows you to specify the length of the excerpt you want, text or HTML before the excerpt, text or HTML after the excerpt, and whether you want to automatically append a link to the full post.

Example uses:

  • set the excerpt at a length that works with your magazine-style theme
  • automatically wrap every excerpt in div tags
  • automatically add a "read more" link after your excerpt, linking to the full post
  • get rid of that super-annoying [...] thing!