I am using the following code to generate a JSON feed. I need to extract the excerpt from posts, but when I run get_the_excerpt() it takes 28 seconds (yes SECONDS!) to run on my local server versus 599 milliseconds when I change get_the_excerpt() to 'hi'.

Does anybody have any idea why this is taking so long and what I can do to get it to load faster? This is on my local web server on the computer I'm using so it isn't due to a network issue.

$json = array();

while ( have_posts() ) {
  $yo = array('title' => get_the_title(), 'excerpt' => get_the_excerpt());

$json[] = $yo;
$json = json_encode($json);

2 Answers 2


The problem will likely be a (very slow) callback that is attached to your get_the_excerpt() function.

To inspect the attached callbacks, just inspect the global:

// Best hooked to `shutdown`
echo '<pre>'.var_export( $GLOBALS['wp_filters']['get_the_excerpt'], true ).'</pre>';

Then get rid of all those callbacks.

  • 1
    Thanks for the response. I tried running your code, but it printed "NULL" on the page. Any ideas?
    – user1462
    Nov 22, 2012 at 0:37

If you want to access the POST object directly, you can global $post and directly access the post object being used.

while( have_posts() ){

    global $post;
    echo $post->post_excerpt;

If you are experiencing problems due to filters or anything else in the system, this should fix it.

  • This will successfully avoid having the filters attached.
    – kaiser
    Nov 22, 2012 at 0:27

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