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Remove image captions / shortcode from main news page (5 posts)

  1. hamsterpants
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello - I have a custom wordpress website and our news page contains a list of all our 'posts' by way of teaser text (approx the first 20 words).

    Some of these posts contain images with captions - however the caption code appears in the teaser text on the main news page!

    I have spent several hours trying to find a way to remove these - but none seem to work.

    The closest I got was

    add_filter('the_content', 'strip_shortcodes');
    function remove_shortcode_from_index($content) {
      if ( is_search() ) {
        $content = strip_shortcodes( $content );
      return $content;

    But this only works on the posts, not on the main news index. And even then it removes the entire image rather than just the caption.

  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Use the_excerpt() on the page - not the_content().

  3. hamsterpants
    Posted 1 year ago #

    We don't want to have to manually write excerpts each time if possible - there are thousands of posts and this adds an extra time consuming step

  4. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You don't have to. the_excerpt creates an automatic excerpt. If you want to reduce the default excerpt output from 55 words to 20, use something like:

    // Decrease excerpt length
    function my_excerpt_length($length) {
    	return 20; // Or whatever you want the length to be.
    add_filter('excerpt_length', 'my_excerpt_length');
  5. blackriver
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Another new handy function which might help in similar situation wp_trim_words()

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