Is it possible to control the length of the content or excerpt for a specific query/loop?

I have come across the following code, but this changes the length for all excerpts, I want it focused on a specific custom query.

    add_filter('excerpt_length', 'my_excerpt_length');
function my_excerpt_length($length) {
return 20; }

2 Answers 2


Try this: http://pippinspages.com/tutorials/better-wordpress-post-excerpt-revamped/

  • Ah, there it is. Your article was the one I was actually looking for.... I remembered reading it, but forgot who wrote it. Mar 10, 2011 at 20:13
  • Excellent, glad it was helpful.
    – Pippin
    Mar 10, 2011 at 20:33
  • The link is broken :(
    – TheBird956
    Jan 30, 2018 at 14:47

http://wpengineer.com/1909/manage-multiple-excerpt-lengths/ Does this work for you?

Can apply different excerpts to each time you actually call the_excerpt

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