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I have been using wordpress for my projects. For my homepage of the site I need to display limited text from the post content and the content contains images as well. To display the 100 text i have used substr function of php. What happens here is that the text as well as image is dispalayed. I want to display only the text. Is there any way or plugin to do so?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance

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use strip_tags + substr

substr( strip_tags( get_the_excerpt() ),0,235);
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Thank you Satish .. Actually I know about strip_tags php function but did not think of using it :P. It worked for me.. – user478 May 23 '11 at 5:56
Use mb_substr() to avoid broken UTF-8 characters. – toscho May 23 '11 at 12:02
problem is, that this will still contain stuff like [caption ... ][/caption] – spankmaster79 Jan 8 '14 at 13:45

If you're in the loop, then use wp_trim_excerpt() function, which will return an extract of 55 words.

<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
     // Your HTML code...
     <p><?php echo wp_trim_excerpt(); ?></p>
     // Go on with more HTML (if you want to)
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>

Otherwise, if you're not in the loop then try using the excerpt field that is set from the post edit screen.

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