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I have code in functions.php:

function string_limit_words($string, $word_limit)
  $words = explode(' ', $string, ($word_limit + 1));
  if(count($words) > $word_limit)
  return implode(' ', $words);

but i need to limit excerpt in number of characters, could you help me with that?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

i used this code in one of my last projects:

function ng_get_excerpt($count){
  $permalink = get_permalink($post->ID);
  $excerpt = get_the_content();
  $excerpt = strip_tags($excerpt);
  $excerpt = substr($excerpt, 0, $count);
  $excerpt = substr($excerpt, 0, strripos($excerpt, " "));
  $excerpt = rtrim($excerpt,",.;:- _!$&#");
  $excerpt = $excerpt.'<a href="'.$permalink.'" style="text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;(...)</a>';
  return $excerpt;

i got that from here:



it has the advantage of not allowing punctation on the end and ending with the last complete word

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Very thanks for this advice, efficient one for me is just simple: "echo substr(get_the_excerpt(), 0,30);" taken from Your links. – Marcin Oct 16 '12 at 21:46
@Marcin substr() will break. Never use it on UTF-8 encoded data. – toscho Oct 16 '12 at 22:51

Use the function utf8_truncate() from this answer and fight your way through wp_trim_excerpt().

Sample code, not tested:

add_filter( 'excerpt_more', 'wpse_69436_excerpt_more' );

function wpse_69436_excerpt_more( $more )
    add_filter( 'wp_trim_excerpt', 'wpse_69436_trim_excerpt' );
    // we remove the more text here
    return '';

function wpse_69436_trim_excerpt( $excerpt )
    return utf8_truncate( $excerpt, 300 );
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WordPress has a filter for that which is conveniently named excerpt_length and it accepts a number of chars so:

function custom_excerpt_length( $length ) {
    return 50;
add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length', 999 );

change 50 to whatever limit you want.

Update per @toscho comment:

that is the solution above is for words as well and not for chars so here is a quick one:

function excerpt_char_limit($e){
    return substr($e,0,50);
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That’s not for characters, it is for words. – toscho Oct 16 '12 at 19:02
@toscho My bad! updated with a simple solution – Bainternet Oct 16 '12 at 19:12
How does it works? i put it as "echo custom_excerpt_length(); " but it doesn't work. – Marcin Oct 16 '12 at 19:12
Thanks, now it works, but how to give some excerpts lengths for front page? – Marcin Oct 16 '12 at 19:16
@Bainternet - I gave: "add_filter('the_excerpt2','excerpt_char_limit2'); function excerpt_char_limit2($e){ return substr($e,0,10); }" but it doesn't work. – Marcin Oct 16 '12 at 19:23

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