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[Resolved] Excerpt not populating from Content?

  • Love the slider – nice tool! But why is it that posts with a manually entered excerpt display a “description”, but if the excerpt field is blank, no description shows? Doesn’t the excerpt automatically populate the space with text from the content? Is there a workaround? I have hundreds of posts with no excerpt and would hate to have to go back and manually enter excerpts for all of them. Thanks!


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  • Plugin Author DWUser



    Thanks for using EasyRotator for WordPress! Here’s a post with instructions describing how to use the post content instead: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/description-field-using-content-instead-of-excerpt

    You may want to use the wp_trim_words function to automatically generate an excerpt when the description exceeds a certain length. For example, the updated line might be:

    $description = wp_trim_words($post->post_content, 50);

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Drew O’Neill

    Thanks for the quick reply. Two final questions:

    1. Does this mean that with every update of the plugin, I will lose my coding?

    2. When I call the content, won’t that also insert images if images are part of the content?


    Plugin Author DWUser


    Hi Taylor,

    1 – If you make this modification, you will need to update that one line of code after any subsequent updates.

    2 – You could also strip HTML by using:

    $description = strip_tags(wp_trim_words($post->post_content, 50));

    Drew O’Neill

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