is it possible to show only the first line of content <?php the_content(); ?> or alternative only content between <b>text</b>?


you could also do something like:

function rt_before_after($content) {

 $replace = "</b>";
 $shortcontent = strstr($content, $replace, true).$replace;

 if ($shortcontent === false) $shortcontent = $content;

    return $shortcontent;
add_filter('the_content', 'rt_before_after');

It should look for the first </b> in your content and return everything before that. it then adds the </b> back. The function takes that string and replaces your content.

  • tried it, however this somehow breaks the hole site :-(
    – joloshop
    Nov 21 '18 at 17:22
  • did you add the if statement? what is the error on your site?
    – rudtek
    Nov 21 '18 at 17:31
  • the site is empty after the code. Maybe I made a mistake. Your code belong in the function file right? how do I show the shortcontent? Still with '<?php the_content(); ?>'?
    – joloshop
    Nov 21 '18 at 17:42
  • Yes in functions file. I added error check above. looks like it doesn't like html codes. It works if you add a word that is actually in the page, but not with html. Sorry
    – rudtek
    Nov 21 '18 at 17:50
  • confirming working as well :-)
    – joloshop
    Nov 21 '18 at 18:02

What you can do is work with this the_excerpt() change this instead of the_content();

And give the amount of words that you want, add this in functions.php after you add the_excerpt();

function custom_excerpt_length( $length ) {
    return 20;
add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length', 999 );

More info here: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/the_excerpt/

After that force the first line, using this for example.

.post p {
    width: 100px;

add the width of the content.(even if its responsive just change the css as you want).

  • Thanks, I know that however ist not about the amount of words its about the first line (sometimes these line has only 2 Words sometimes 10)
    – joloshop
    Nov 21 '18 at 17:21
  • Thanks again, however even if its works partial it still shows the content only hidden and therefore visible for search engines ;-)
    – joloshop
    Nov 21 '18 at 17:40
  • Also excerpts is taking the formatting <p> <b> away.
    – joloshop
    Nov 21 '18 at 17:43

Found a solution! I use this code:

    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 );
        return $text;
add_filter( 'wp_trim_excerpt', 'awesome_excerpt', 10, 2 );

and than use <?php the_excerpt(); ?>

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