I've read dozens of articles on how to create an excerpt but nothing has worked so far. For testing reasons I use the "Twenty Thirteen" theme, although I developed a child template.

In the index.php of Twenty Thirteen, I put the_excerpt() function in the loop. It looks something like this now:

if ( have_posts() ) :
    /* The loop */
    while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
else :

In the functions.php file I put the following code at the very top:

function new_excerpt_more($more) {        
    // Use .read-more to style the link
    return '...<span class="continue-reading"> <a href="' . get_permalink() . '">'.'Read More »' . '</a></span>';
add_filter('excerpt_more', 'new_excerpt_more');

but the complete excerpts are printed out all the time. What am I doing wrong?

1 Answer 1


Though it's a bit of unnecessary things to answer your actual question, but for the fact, I used the following code into many of my News Portal WordPress sites, where I had the facilities to Control the excerpt length, and I changed the excerpt More link to my choice. All I did was using my new function echo nano_excerpt(50) instead of using the_excerpt().

 * Change the excerpt length to some extent
 * where the default is 55.
 * @param  integer $length
 * @return integer
function custom_excerpt_length( $length ) {
    return 200;
add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length', 999 );

 * Change the excerpt 'more'
 * @return string
function new_excerpt_more() {
    return '... <a class="read-more" href="'. get_permalink( get_the_ID() ) .'">'. __( '&raquo;', 'your-theme' ) .'</a>';

 * The excerpt filters
 * @param  integer $limit max limit of words to show
 * @return string
function nano_excerpt( $limit = 75 ) {
    $limited_excerpts = wp_trim_words( get_the_excerpt(), $limit, new_excerpt_more() );
    return $limited_excerpts;

Just paste 'em into your functions.php and use the new function echo nano_excerpt($limit) - mentioning the limit of words you want, or leave it blank to show the default 75 words.

Source: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/the_excerpt

  • Awesome, finally that worked, thanks. Anyway, it is strange that the_excerpt does not work. Thanks for your help Mayeenul.
    – enne87
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 8:22

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