Just a quick question here, in my footer I want to display the latest 3 posts, with their post title and 20 characters from their post.
I've been able to get the three posts to display with their titles, with (copied this from another site):
<?php //The Query To Get Posts $my_query = new WP_Query('showposts=3'); //Run the Query and Loop Through Results while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); $do_not_duplicate = $post->ID; ?> //Display Post Title From Each Post <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></h2> /*****Need to display the first 20 characters of the post here!*****/ <?php endwhile; ?>
Please let me know if there is a more efficent method to the above btw, this is just going in my footer.
Anyhow I just need help with getting the first 20 characters of the post to display, I tried using substr like:
<?php $string = the_content(); $newString = substr($string, 0, 20); echo $newString; ?>
But this just echoes the content without it being trimmed at all! Can somebody please advise me on a way to do this?