How to Use wp_trim_words to Trim Your Text in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to use wp_trim_words to trim your text in WordPress? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that allows you to use wp_trim_words to trim your text in WordPress.

WordPress 3.3+ has a core function called wp_trim_words(). This function will trim text to a specified number of words and return the result. Adding this snippet to your WordPress loop will let you easily trim the number of words displayed within the_content, the_excerpt, the_title or any other value you pass to this core function.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s single.php file:

echo wp_trim_words( get_the_content(), 100 ); // post content
echo wp_trim_words( get_the_excerpt(), 100 ); // post excerpt
echo wp_trim_words( get_the_title(), 100 ); // post title
$trimmed = wp_trim_words( $text, $num_words = 55, $more = null );


(string) (required) Text to trim

Default: None
(integer) (optional) Number of words

Default: 55
(string) (optional) What to append if $text needs to be trimmed.

Default: ‘…

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 24 best WordPress education themes and how to create a guest post submission form in WordPress.

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  1. wordpress has lots in its upgraded versions..

  2. Hello, thanks for all your useful advice. I have one question, not regarding the current post, but your webpage theme. Could you share with us (or maybe you have done so before, but I can’t find it?) how this great categories/tag listing in the sidebar is made? It looks really great and I wondered how to create a similar listing – with “progress bars” showing how many posts were publisher in a given category/tag.

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