I'm using a plugin to allow for dropcaps for the first letter in my Wordpress theme. However, the excerpt is cutting off the first letter. For example, a sentence like: "This is a Wordpress install" would display on the front page as "his is a Wordpress install".

I tried stripping out the strip_shortcodes section of the formatting.php but now there is a space before and after the letter so it displays as: " T his is a Wordpress install".

Does anyone know how to either a) make it display the drop cap or b)show the letter normally?

function wp_trim_excerpt($text = '') {
$raw_excerpt = $text;
if ( '' == $text ) {
    $text = get_the_content('');
    //$text = strip_shortcodes( $text );
    $text = apply_filters('the_content', $text);
    $text = str_replace(']]>', ']]>', $text);
    $excerpt_length = apply_filters('excerpt_length', 55);
    $excerpt_more = apply_filters('excerpt_more', ' ' . '[...]');
    $text = wp_trim_words( $text, $excerpt_length, $excerpt_more );
return apply_filters('wp_trim_excerpt', $text, $raw_excerpt);


  • 1
    what plugin exactly are you using?
    – Michael
    Jan 28 '13 at 15:11
  • ... and can you post the relevant code?
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 28 '13 at 15:15
  • I'm using the Lizatom Wordpress plugin.
    – hiiambo
    Jan 28 '13 at 15:18

I'm going to give you a hard-coded solution to this problem, rather than using a plugin. If you're heart is set on a plugin that is fine - but this short code is rather simple and hopefully helpful for your purposes.

This code is basically just adding a CSS class to a shortcode.

First, deactivate that plugin.

Paste this in functions.php

// Shortcode: Drop cap
add_shortcode('dropcap', 'dropcap');
function dropcap($atts, $content = null) {
   extract(shortcode_atts(array('link' => '#'), $atts));
   return '<span class="dropcap">' . do_shortcode($content) . '</span>';

Use it like this:


Then style it however you please in your stylesheet:

.dropcap { 
  • The problem with this is that I use that plugin for other shortcodes that it integrates, so I can't disable it.
    – hiiambo
    Jan 29 '13 at 19:06
  • That doesn't prevent you from using this code. Feb 2 '13 at 2:22

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