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    I want to use ‘Read more’ in a Secondary Widget Area. From what I’ve read on virtually every ‘read more’ plugin, they are intended for, and limited to, the main page.

    I would also like to have ‘read less’ functionality so that when a viewer is finished reading the material, they can shrink it back.

    Anyone know of a ‘Read more’ that would work in my situation?


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  • Dave

    Try this

    Place the the following in your functions.php

    function limit_words($string, $word_limit) {
    	// creates an array of words from $string (this will be our excerpt)
    	// explode divides the excerpt up by using a space character
    	$words = explode(' ', $string);
    	// this next bit chops the $words array and sticks it back together
    	// starting at the first word '0' and ending at the $word_limit
    	// the $word_limit which is passed in the function will be the number
    	// of words we want to use
    	// implode glues the chopped up array back together using a space character
    	return implode(' ', array_slice($words, 0, $word_limit));


    <?php echo limit_words(get_the_excerpt(), '27'); ?>

    ’27’ – being the amount of words in an excerpt,( your widget area being small)


    <?php the_excerpt(); ?><?php echo apply_filters('the_excerpt',get_the_excerpt().'<a href="'.get_permalink().'"> read more </a>'); ?>

    I hope that works for you on the first part of your question


    Thanks for the reply.

    I placed the function limit_words, the echo limit_words and the_excerpt all in my function.php and saved the changes.

    When I opened the website, nothing has changed – the content in the widget area in the original length with no “read more” showing.

    Any idea what I’m doing wrong, or not doing?


    Solved my problem. Just on the off-chance someone else wants to do the same thing, check out‘s Collapse-O-Matic. It works EXACTLY as I want, it is flexible and painless!!

    I’ve used it a number of times throughtout this site <>, but before this instance, always to expand/collapse lists; never thought about using it on text. Dumb me.

    Glad it worked out for you.


    Nice site, seen what you were aiming for, great result.

    Thanks, I appreciate the kind words.

    I guess one of things to take from this is that there is usually more than one way to solve a problem. I’ve just grown partial to’s widgets.

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