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  • Plugin Contributor simondowdles


    Hi jrsiciliano,

    Many thanks for being a Seriously Simple Podcasting user, you rock! I do apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you, and I want to rectify it! I will double check the documentation shortly, but I have checked the code and I can confirm that the iTunes summary is indeed using the first 3999 characters of the full description.

    However, there is light in this seemingly dark moment! There is a nifty filter that SSP gives you, called “ssp_feed_item_itunes_summary”. It accepts 2 arguments:

    1. itunes_summary
    2. post_id

    You could temporarily solve your issue by adding the following filter to your themes functions.php file:

    add_filter( 'ssp_feed_item_itunes_summary', function( $itunes_summary, $post_id ){
        return  get_the_excerpt( $post_id );
    } );

    I will discuss with the team whether having the default option use the excerpt is the way to go, and if so we will add it to a release soonest.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.


    • This reply was modified 6 years, 11 months ago by simondowdles.
    Thread Starter jrsiciliano


    Thank you so much for getting back to me. I am not a technical person at all, but I did try adding that code into the functions.php file. Hopefully that will do the trick.

    Appreciate your help with this!

    Plugin Contributor simondowdles


    Hi @jrsiciliano,

    It’s only my pleasure. You can verify that the change has taken effect by visiting and viewing the page source. It will be best to do this in an Incognito Window in Chrome or Private Window in Firefox to mitigate cache.

    If you scroll through the source and look for the <itunes:description> tag, you should hopefully see your new changes taking effect, with the excerpt now showing.

    Have a great day further,

    Thread Starter jrsiciliano


    It does indeed look like that fix worked for iTunes!

    The native “Podcast” app on the iPhone is still pulling the full blog post (at least for now), but maybe that’s just cached?

    Either way, thanks so much for your help!

    Thread Starter jrsiciliano


    Just wanted to follow up — the “Podcasts” app on the iPhone is still pulling the full blog post into the description field. So it looks like the fix (above) worked for iTunes, but not the Apple Podcasts app.

    Is there a way to fix this, so the Podcasts app uses the excerpt field as well?

    Just thought I’d ask. If not, I’d love to request that as a possible fix for the next SSP update. Really love the plugin and appreciate all your help!

    Thanks again.

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