I have two functions that affect the_excerpt:

// Grab First Paragraph Of Text And Ignore Images For Excerpt
    function awesome_excerpt($text, $raw_excerpt) {
        if( ! $raw_excerpt ) {
            $content = apply_filters( 'the_content', get_the_content() );
            $text = substr( $content, 0, strpos( $content, '</p>' ) + 4 );
        $text = preg_replace("/<img[^>]+\>/i", "", $text); 
        return $text;
    add_filter( 'wp_trim_excerpt', 'awesome_excerpt', 10, 2 );

function excerpt($limit) {
        $excerpt = explode(' ', get_the_excerpt(), $limit);
        if (count($excerpt)>=$limit) {
            $excerpt = implode(" ",$excerpt).'...';
          } else {
            $excerpt = implode(" ",$excerpt);
        $excerpt = preg_replace('`\[[^\]]*\]`','',$excerpt);
        return $excerpt;

Now, on my index.php, those posts show the first paragraph of the post. I am also trying to show the excerpt when you click into a posts in an area called Related Posts. In Related Posts I want it to show a limit of x characters.

On the index.php I am leaving it as the_excerpt, but on my Related Posts I'm calling it with <?php echo excerpt(25);?>. This is what the markup looks like when I'm calling it for the Related Posts like:

<div class="recent-meta-excerpt">
   <?php echo excerpt(25);?>
   <a class="read-more" href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>">Read More <i class="fa fa-long-arrow-right"></i></a>

It's outputting like this:

 <div class="recent-meta-excerpt">
       <p>It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout....
       <a class="read-more" href="http://www.stepyouraimup.com/blog/no-featured-image/">Read More <i class="fa fa-long-arrow-right"></i></a>

But I don't want the <a> inside. When I'm calling the_excerpt on the Related Posts the <a> it's inside of the <p>. On the main posts in index.php it's wrapping the first paragraph from the post into a <p>, this is correct. I would like to do the same for the excerpt on Related Posts, but it shouldn't have the <a> inside of it. If it's outside of the call why is it being included inside?

If you'd like a live example click here to view my blog and click a post to see the Related Posts.


Depending on where in the loop you call excerpt() wpautop might be creating the <p>...</p> wrapper. In that case, you could wrap $excerpt with <p>...</p> before returning it.

Edit: Try this approach <?php echo excerpt(25)."\n";?> (or possibly "\n\n") to change the behavior.

in function awesome_excerpt() you have $text = substr( $content, 0, strpos( $content, '</p>' ) + 4 ); So, $text will have to contain a beginning <p>. That is likely causing what you describe. Add str_ireplace('<p>', '', $excerpt) in function excerpt() before calling explode.

In the current code shown in your question it's unclear where function excerpt() is being called.

Why not just use the excerpt_length filter to modify the length of the excerpt? From the Codex:

function custom_excerpt_length( $length ) { return 25; } add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length', 999 );

  • I tried using what was in the codex, but I only want the excerpt to show x characters in certain areas, that being wherever I call the excerpt when I'm getting Recent Posts. On the main blog, index.php, I want it to pull the first paragraph of the post. – Darren Bachan Jun 6 '16 at 2:09
  • So, what happens if you remove the starting <p> from $text? – BillK Jun 6 '16 at 6:35
  • not entirely sure how to do that, I grabbed both functions from two separate tutorials. My php skills are super weak to see where that <p> is. I only see I can edit the closing tag. – Darren Bachan Jun 6 '16 at 7:34
  • 1
    Well, the preferred way would be to use a debugger. Without that the hardcore way is to add echo $text; die; right after $text = substr( $content, 0, strpos( $content, '</p>' ) + 4 );. The value of $text will be displayed and WP stops. Copy the value from the screen and store it somewhere then delete echo $text; die; – BillK Jun 7 '16 at 7:12

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