Replace full post by excerpts on homepage without editing your theme files

January 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

In WordPress, switching from full posts to excerpt is easy if you edit your theme files. But do you know that you could achieve the same result without editing any of your theme file? Just read this recipe to find out.

What you have to do is to paste this code into your functions.php file and let WordPress filters do the work for you.

function my_excerpts($content = false) {
        // If is the home page, an archive, or search results
	if(is_front_page() || is_archive() || is_search()) :
		global $post;
		$content = $post->post_excerpt;

	// If an excerpt is set in the Optional Excerpt box
		if($content) :
			$content = apply_filters('the_excerpt', $content);

	// If no excerpt is set
		else :
			$content = $post->post_content;
			$excerpt_length = 55;
			$words = explode(' ', $content, $excerpt_length + 1);
			if(count($words) > $excerpt_length) :
				array_push($words, '...');
				$content = implode(' ', $words);
			$content = '<p>' . $content . '</p>';


// Make sure to return the content
	return $content;


add_filter('the_content', 'my_excerpts');

Thanks to Justin Tadlock for this cool snippet!