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I'm having a problem with the_excerpt and can not find the answer anywhere... I simply want to allow links to be clickable when they are displayed via the_excerpt! There has to be a function for this, rather than relying on a plugin. But I can't find it and the advanced excerpt plugins are so complex that I am unable to find the small snippet which makes this work.

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You can use the script I found here: http://aaronrussell.co.uk/legacy/improving-wordpress-the_excerpt/

I've modified it to show links in the excerpt, and removed some of the other functions:

function keep_my_links($text) {
  global $post;
if ( '' == $text ) {
    $text = get_the_content('');
    $text = apply_filters('the_content', $text);
    $text = str_replace('\]\]\>', ']]&gt;', $text);
    $text = preg_replace('@<script[^>]*?>.*?</script>@si', '', $text);
    $text = strip_tags($text, '<a>');
  return $text;
remove_filter('get_the_excerpt', 'wp_trim_excerpt');
add_filter('get_the_excerpt', 'keep_my_links');

The part that fixes it is $text = strip_tags($text, '<a>');. along with remove_filter('get_the_excerpt', 'wp_trim_excerpt');

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add_filter( 'get_the_content_limit_allowedtags', 'get_the_content_limit_custom_allowedtags' );

function get_the_content_limit_custom_allowedtags() {
// Add custom tags to this string
return '<script>,<style>,<br>,<em>,<i>,<ul>,<ol>,<li>,<a>'; 
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