I have the following front-page template made:

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In place of those large Lorem Ipsum blocks, I need to show an "excerpt" from a specific page to fill that box (a certain number of characters).

How do I get a pages content in String format so that I can echo it out and trim down to a certain number of characters?


// would echo post 7's content up until the <!--more--> tag
$post_7 = get_post(7); 
$excerpt = $post_7->post_excerpt;
echo $excerpt;

// would get post 12's entire content after which you
// can manipulate it with your own trimming preferences
$post_12 = get_post(12); 
$trim_me = $post_12->post_content;
my_trim_function( $trim_me );


Here you go !

$my_id = 5369;
$post_id_5369 = get_post($my_id);
$content = $post_id_5369->post_content;
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);
$content = str_replace(']]>', ']]>', $content);
echo $content;
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    Please, explain what the code does and how it answers the question. Some users may not understand the code without a little explanation. – cybmeta Nov 16 '15 at 8:16
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    I really like the way you added the_content filter. +1 for that. – Mohammad Mursaleen May 4 '16 at 7:48
  • Works beautiful! – Charles Xavier Jul 19 '19 at 21:11
  • What does the str_replace do? – netAction Apr 30 '20 at 16:34
  • What is $content = str_replace(']]>', ']]>', $content); for? – Sridhar Katakam Oct 22 '20 at 0:34
$post   = get_post( 42 );

$output =  apply_filters( 'the_content', $post->post_content );

echo $output;

from https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/get_post/


you can use this code it is work fine change page_id=19 with your page number:

<?php $the_query = new WP_Query( 'page_id=19' ); ?>

<?php while ($the_query -> have_posts()) : $the_query -> the_post();  ?>

                       <?php the_excerpt(); ?>

     <?php endwhile;?>
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    Wellcome to this site. It seems that thisis your first answer. A explanation of why and how your answer solves the problem is always good. – cybmeta Dec 27 '14 at 17:07

If you're in the loop do this:

$my_excerpt = get_the_excerpt();
if ( $my_excerpt != '' ) {
    // Some string manipulation performed
echo $my_excerpt; // Outputs the processed value to the page

Or if you have an ID, get the post then sue the post_excerpt member var


$post = get_post( $post_id );
echo $post->post_excerpt;

Try this code and just change your page_id:

<?php $my_query = new WP_Query('page_id=20');
while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post();
$do_not_duplicate = $post->ID;?>
 <h3><?php the_title(); ?></h3>
    <div class="text">

        <?php echo wp_trim_words( get_the_content(), 15, '...' ); ?>
 <a href="<?php echo get_page_link(); ?>" class="read-more">Read More</a>

 <?php endwhile; ?>

For one liner addicts like me. Change 69 by your page ID.

<?= apply_filters('the_content', get_post(69)->post_content); ?>

Can do this with a shortcode. add the following to function.php

function lorem_func($attr) {
$txt = "<p>Lorem ipsum dolor .........</p>";
    'repeat' => 1,
 ), $attr
return str_repeat($txt, $attr['repeat'] );
add_shortcode('lorem', 'lorem_func');

To render within content use;

[lorem repeat="2"]

Just need to mod the "Lorem ipsum dolor ........." for the length required. And the lorum repeat=2 change to the required amount of paragraphs. In the above example =2 means 2 paragraphs, so its multifuctional.


Already answered but i think a much more handier function is get_post_field( 'fieldname', $post_id );

So in your case:

echo get_post_field( 'post_excerpt', $post_id );

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