I wanted to make the excerpt only display second or third paragraph.

I need to know. How can I make the_excerpt() only display second or third paragraph and limit the length of the except.

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You can explode the content of excerpt by dot. For example:

$text = "Morbi consequat tempor augue. Nec fringilla eros auctor scelerisque. Etiam in ullamcorper tellus. Sed ac dui rutrum.";
$pieces = explode(".", $text);
echo $pieces[1]; // get second sentence = Nec fringilla eros auctor scelerisque

Maybe this can help you.

  • Why do you get second sentence? The question is about paragraphs, not sentences. Also... Your code doesn't change output of the_excerpt() function, but explodes some constant string... Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 9:57

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