Change Excerpt Size

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    I’m using the Sample Child Theme and would simply like to change the excerpt size from 5 lines of text to 7 lines to match the 150px thumbnail size on the category archive page.

    In other words, how do I change the number of characters in the excerpt size?

    I know of the Advanced Excerpt plugin, but is that the  best way to do it?


    Cheers and TIA.



    Hey hanuman,

    This is the standard fix from the official code snippets (add to functions.php in the child theme)

    /** Modify the length of post excerpts */
    add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length' );
    function custom_excerpt_length($length) {
    return 50; // pull first 50 words

    I guess you’d have to play with the number of words to get it spot on.

    Does that help?



    Hey Dan,

    That is exactly what I needed!

    Thank you kindly for your help, it’s much appreciated.




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