Adds an Excerpt Length field setting to the Reading Settings section, this is used to set the number of words that appear in the the_excerpt().
Until now, there were 3 ways to change the word length of the excerpt, by either modifying a core file (
formatting.php), or replacing the
wp_trim_excerpt filter in your theme's
functions.php code, or by using a different plugin (requiring you to edit your theme/templates).
This plugin simply adds a new field setting to the Reading section called Excerpt Length. The value you set limits the number of words displayed when
the_excerpt() is called by your theme.
This plugin only works in WordPress 2.7 and above. This is due to new API calls that were made available in version 2.7. It will not work in earlier version of WordPress (2.6 and below).
No, this plugin has one sole purpose, that is to enable you to change the word length of the excerpt.
In version 1.1 of Excerpt Length I have added a new field called Excerpt Suffix. This is used to replace the default
[...] text that is appended to the excerpt length. You can now used whatever text you like as the suffix.