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I want to show a post with post title and post content of 400/550 words with a read more link in my category page. I have already done this, but problem is, my post doesn't display the excerpt as it should.

This in my code below.

<?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
<div class="news">
<div class="grid-container">

  <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" >
    <?php the_title(); ?>
    </a><span class="line"></span></h2>

  <?php  the_post_thumbnail() ?>
  </a>
  <div class="newsevent"><?php echo substr(get_the_excerpt(), 0,400); ?></div>
  <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" class="readmore">View</a> </div>
<?php endwhile; 


?>

I suspect I need to change <?php echo substr(get_the_excerpt(), 0,400); ?>

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1) Follow this post on Stackoverflow or the link given by @PieterGoosen.

2) You can also use get_the_content() instead of get_the_excerpt()

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