I'm limiting the number of characters in the title with substr. But even if the title is less than 50 characters, being shown the ellipsis (...). I would not display the ellipsis if the title does not exceed the limit of 50 characters.

$title = substr( $title, 0, 50 ) . "...";

Title of my post ...

(Incorrect: Title less than 50 characters in this case should not display "...")

Title of my post that exceeds 50 characters ...

(Correct: Title longer than 50 characters are cut and accompanied by "...")

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In the form you have posted this is more of PHP question - you could use strlen() functions to determine length of original title and apply ellipsis conditionally.

However in WP context you should consider using wp_trim_words() since trimming based on words looks tidier and it will take care of appending string of your choice whet cutting.

  • Thanks @Rarst, did not know wp_trim_words, I'm checking ...
    – BobGCA2
    Dec 20, 2012 at 19:11

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