Excerpt simple means a short extracted piece of writing to give your users an idea about post. We add excerpt of our blog posts on homepage, archives pages and custom post types to let our users know an idea about the post content. Let’s say, if they find excerpt of posts interesting then they will simply click the read more for complete article.
If you are WordPress user then I guarantee you that you must have troubleshooted excerpt issue in your blog. Because many themes don’t have excerpt feature on homepage, archives or custom post types pages. I’m writing this article, to help WordPress users on how to add excerpt in WordPress.
How to Add Excerpt in WordPress
In order to add excerpt in WordPress, I’m going to list down 3 best WordPress plugins that can be very helpful for adding excerpt in WordPress.
That’s how your posts will look like on homepage, archive pages and custom post types:
With Advanced excerpt WordPress plugin you will be able to control the appearance of WordPress post excerpts on homepage, archive pages and also on custom post types. This plugin has really made the default WordPress coding standards simpler by keeping the HTML markup in the excerpt and you can choose which tags are included to display excerpt on. Advanced excerpt plugin is really an advanced in trimming the full content to display as excerpt and also you can trim to a specified amount of length using either character count or word count.
Advanced excerpt helps you to customize the excerpt length and the ellipsis character that are used. It completes the last word in the content so people don’t leave with incomplete word or sentence in an excerpt. You can add read more link to the text and if you ever wish to ignore the custom excerpt that can be done with Advanced excerpt plugin. If you are a theme developer you can use
the_advanced_excerpt() within your theme to add excerpt feature in your themes.
Read More Excerpt Link
If you use read more excerpt link WordPress plugin you will be able to replace the default WordPress ellipsis […] to a Read More link to the full post content in your blog. However, you can rename the read more link text to anything you want, by going under Settings → Read More Excerpt.
Auto Excerpt everywhere
Auto excerpt everywhere plugin adds excerpts everywhere on your blog including homepage, archive pages and even on custom post types. Don’t worry, you can add your own custom excerpts too because they are supported. However, this plugin haven’t been updated in a while so I would prefer to use the 2 plugins above rather than this one. But use it at your own risk.