By default, the_excerpt() displays the content before the <!--more-->, trimming it at ~50 words.

Is there any way to prevent this trimming functionality when the <!--more--> is present, but still have it work when <!--more--> is absent?


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Here's the hacky way I figured it out:

if ( preg_match( '/<!--more-->/', $post->post_content ) ) {
    $content = apply_filters( 'the_content', get_the_content( '' ) );
    echo ( $content );
} else {

(Note that I have a separate "Read More" link after this snippet; if you're wanting to use The Content's default Read More link, remove the space from get_the_content();.

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