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How to set word limit on the_content() in WordPress

Limit by words 'the_content' in WordPress

Sometimes, you can not limit the content by character or letter.It distracts the layout of content so you want to set word limit on the_content() in WordPress so content displaying the site looks pretty good.Well, In WordPress, we are using a the_content function to displaying the content of post or blog.So here we need to customize the_content function which we can do by applying the hook into it.Open theme’s file functions.php and place the following code into it.

function limit_the_content($content){
  $word_limit =10;
  $words = explode(' ', $content);
  return implode(' ', array_slice($words, 0, $word_limit));

You just need to copy and paste the above code and just change the $word_limit variable value to the desired limit you want.

Now, you are finished.If you have any query or any confusion then feel free to comment me.

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Comments (3)

  1. It works but does not work. It also effects when you click on the post (in single.php).

    Also, I want to ask how to add … or read more using this snippet.

  2. This one works:

    function limit_the_content($content){
    $word_limit =90;
    $words = explode(‘ ‘, $content);
    if (!is_single()) {
    return implode(‘ ‘, array_slice($words, 0, $word_limit)).” …”;
    } else {
    return $content;

  3. Antonio Rodriguez Olmos says:

    Thank you Lal! Yours is the only method that works đŸ˜€

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